Northwest Ohio Huddle: Genoa Area, Hopewell-Loudon football teams rolling


Northwest Ohio Huddle

The football teams at Genoa Area and Hopewell-Loudon continued to dominate foes in Week 4, while Anthony Wayne’s Katie Allen was a terror on the soccer field. As for big upcoming events, how about the Toledo St. Ursula vs Toledo Notre Dame volleyball tilt on tap. here’s what else happened this week in Northwest Ohio.

Week four of the football season proved to be a revealing one as in one short night several burning questions were answered. First, there was the issue as to how good the Rogers Rams really were. Entering last Friday’s game with league rival, Toledo Whitmer, the Rams were ranked as the number two team in the state in Division II and the long suffering Ram loyalists were looking to make a statement. Unfortunately, the statement that was made is that the Rams are still a step or two behind the City League’s top teams as they fell to Whitmer by the convincing score of 43-20.

In another City League game that opened some eyes, traditional rivals, St. Francis and St. John’s, went toe to toe for nearly forty-eight minutes before either team could score. Finally, in the closing two minutes both teams scored but it was the upstart Knights that was able to squeak out a hard-fought 7-6 victory. The Knights’ victory keeps them undefeated at 4-0 and head coach Dick Cromwell is again the most popular guy on the Bancroft Street campus.

The much discussed demise of the Sylvania Southview football program was delivered a blow this past week as the Cougars improved their record to 2-2 by defeating one of their primary challengers, the Anthony Wayne Generals. The Generals came in at 2-1 and a victory would have placed them in the driver’s seat for a Northern Lakes League title but now they must look for help from someone else in the league while Southview remains on track for still another league championship.

Two other northwest Ohio team continue to impress. Hopewell-Loudon in the Midland Athletic League and Genoa of the Suburban Lakes League are both 4-0 and have done so in impressive style.  Hopewell-Loudon was slowed down a bit as they scored only 28 points in their victory over Mohawk after scoring 44 points in their three prior victories but they still won convincing, 28-6. Genoa, meanwhile,  continues to pile up the points offensively – they are averaging  57 points a game – while shutting out three of their four opponents.  Quietly, however, old nemesis, Eastwood, stands on the horizon at 4-0.


Katie Allen, Anthony Wayne, Girls Soccer: Scoring goals in soccer is typically a rare event but Anthony Wayne senior, Katie Allen, is putting up impressive numbers so far this season. This week alone in three contests Allen scored 7 goals as she has led her Lady General teammates to a 6-2-1 overall record and 3-0 in the always competitive Northern Lakes League. Allen’s seven goals came as her team went 2-1 on the week with their only loss coming against Bishop Watterson, 2-1, while the victories were recorded against Holland Springfield, 5-4, and Findlay, 3-0.


Genoa Area Football: Only one team could be considered as the team of the week and it is the Genoa Comets football team.  The Comets have been absolutely awesome in jumping out to a 4-0 record but their undefeated record tells only a small portion of the story. So far this season the Comets have outscored their opponents 228-7 and recorded three shutouts. The only thing that has kept them from scoring more is the fact that the games are limited to 48 minutes. Already the vocal Genoa community is planning Thanksgiving in the Canton area. Based on their team’s performance, who can blame them?


More League Changes: One team has been left out in the cold in regard to all the league re-alignments that have been taking place in northwest Ohio. That team, Gibsonburg, may, however, have found a home as they have applied for membership in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC). Gibsonburg, which presently is a member of the Suburban Lakes League that will be end its 39-year existence following the 2010-11 school year, has experienced some difficulty in finding a new home but the possibility of their being accepted by the TAAC is likely in view of the fact that several of the present league members have commented favorably on Gibsonburg’s application.  A decision will reportedly be made at the league’s November 4th regular meeting.

Golf Championship Week: Over the next week golf champions will be crowned in a number of conferences. Among these conferences will be the Western Buckeye League where Lima Shawnee was the class of the field during the regular season; the Green Meadows Conference where Edgerton is the favorite;  and the Northwest Ohio Athletic League where Bryan looks invincible. Champions will also be crowned in the Northwest Conference, the Buckeye Border Conference, the Greater Buckeye Conference and the Putnam County League.

Volleyball Showdown: The much anticipated volleyball match-up between Toledo St. Ursula and Toledo Notre Dame will occur this week. St. Ursula, currently ranked number two, and Notre Dame, currently ranked number eleven, are traditional rivals but the rivalry has taken on increased importance in recent years as Notre Dame has rebuilt its volleyball program. This regular season match-up is only the first of several contests this season between the two schools.


Maumee (4-0) v. Anthony Wayne (2-2), football, Friday at 7:00 p.m.: First big test for a Maumee team that is 4-0 against teams with a combined record of 2-16. This is a must win for the Generals who lost last week to Southview. Winner remains a factor in the league race.

Whitmer  (4-0) v. St. John’s (2-2), football, Friday at 7:00 p.m.: Whitmer making a strong run at a return to the state playoffs meanwhile St. John’s is just holding on at 2-2. A Whitmer win sets up a big game next week against St. Francis. With a loss, St. John’s will begin looking toward next season.

St. Joseph’s Central Catholic (4-0) v. Hopewell-Loudon (4-0), football, Friday at 7:00 p.m.: A Midland Athletic League match-up between two undefeated teams. Hopewell-Loudon looking toward a possible state title run; St. Joseph’s looking to re-establish themselves as a league power after a long absence.

Findlay (6-2) v. Anthony Wayne (4-3), boys soccer, Thursday at 7:00 p.m.: A possible district tournament preview. The Generals are still looking to establish some consistency but are still a talented squad capable of beating anyone. The Trojans looking for first win against a quality opponent after losing to suffering losses to both Perrysburg and Northview.

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