Northwest Ohio Huddle: Football, soccer races heating up


Northwest Ohio Huddle

Things are heating up as the football season reaches the
second half, golf and tennis begin their playoffs and volleyball and soccer wind
up their regular seasons. Surprises abound…which is what makes high school
sports so much fun.

Things are heating up as the football season reaches the
second half, golf and tennis begin their playoffs and volleyball and soccer wind
up their regular seasons. Surprises abound…which is what makes high school
sports so much fun.

One of the surprises was Cory-Rawson’s upset of
Liberty-Benton (27-20) this past Friday night. Nearly everyone had been
anticipating a Leipsic/Liberty-Benton showdown on the last night of the regular
season for the Conference title but someone forgot to tell Cory-Rawson.
Suddenly, the Hornets have emerged as a factor in the Blanchard Valley race and
the Leipsic/Cory-Rawson matchup becomes the game of the year.

Over in the Suburban Lakes League, the Genoa Comets
continue to barrel over opponents. Their contest with Eastwood was supposed to
provide the Comets with a real challenge but the Comets sent a strong message
that they are for real as they disposed of Eastwood as easily as they had their
prior five opponents. So far this season, the Comets have outscored their
opposition, 330-24, and no one on their remaining schedule appears, on paper,
capable of slowing them down.

Toledo St. Francis sent a strong message to the rest of the
Toledo City League that they are for real. Until the 21-17 victory over Whitmer
there were many who doubted how good the Knights truly were but their defeat of
a good Whitmer team has earned the Knights much deserved respect. More
importantly, the win virtually assures the Knights a spot in the state playoffs.
Of the four remaining games only this Friday’s game with arch-rival Toledo
Central Catholic should provide the Knights with much of a challenge.

Two undefeated teams, the Edison Chargers and the Sandusky
Perkins Pirates, met last Friday night to determine superiority in the Sandusky
Bay Conference race with the Pirates coming out on top, 20-13. The key to the
game was the Chargers failure to take care of the ball by fumbling six separate
times with the Pirates recovering four of them. With the win, the Pirates are
now tied for the lead in the Conference with a key game with Clyde (3-0 in the
league) on the horizon.

On the volleyball front, the league races are heating up.
Most of the league races are one-sided. Findlay in the Greater Buckeye
Conference, St. Ursula in the Toledo City League,  Ottawa-Glandorf in the
Western Buckeye League and Van Buren in the Blanchard Valley Conference are all
undefeated in league play and appear to be comfortably in command. Two races,
however, are poised for a showdown. Hopewell-Loudon and New Riegel are both
undefeated in Midland Athletic League competition and, ironically, meet the last
night of the regular season  The same situation exists in the Western Buckeye
League as Ottawa-Glandorf and Celina are also undefeated and also meet the final
weekend of the regular season.

Player of the Week

Scott Loy of Toledo St. Francis had another outstanding
performance in his team’s big game against Whitmer. The Knights kept their
record perfect as they improved to 6-0 and it was Loy’s contributions on both
sides of the ball that made it possible.On offense, Loy had two first half
touchdown receptions, one of 63 yards and one of 14 yards, to put his team in
front of the Panthers and, on defense, he broke up a pass in the closing minutes
of the game that thwarted Whitmer’s potential game winning drive. Loy, a senior,
has already committed to play lacrosse for Syracuse University and is also an
outstanding hockey player.

Team of the Week

There were many candidates for this honor. The Cory-Rawson
Hornets, the Sandusky Perkins Pirates and Toledo St. Francis Knights all had big
victories in football but the choice for the team of the week has to be the
Ottawa Hills’ boys’ soccer team. The defending  Division III state champions
took on Division I Sylvania Northview this past week and not only beat them,
6-1, but did so in convincing and overwhelming style. With the win the Green
Bears improve to 12-0 and appear poised to make another serious run at a state

News, Notes and Nuggets

Strange But True

One of the complaints that is often heard about soccer is
that there is not enough scoring. The subtleties of the game are often lost on
many Americans but what occurred in a recent game between Anthony Wayne and
Sylvania Southview is what makes the game so interesting.

The Anthony Wayne Generals were leading the Cougars, 3-2,
in the game’s closing seconds but a shot by the Cougars that the General goalie
successfully blocked led to disaster. Immediately subsequent to the blocked shot
the game clock reached triple zeroes and it appeared that the game was over,
however, the game referee ruled that the General’s goalie attempt at blocking
the shot was a game delaying tactic and awarded the Cougars with a corner kick.
Unbelievably, the Cougars were able to score off the corner kick and salvage a
3-3 tie in a situation where defeat had seemed to be a certainty.

More Soccer Strangeness

Free kicks are a common occurrence in soccer. During the
course of the game, as many as twenty or thirty are awarded but free kicks
inside the goalie box are a rarity. This past week, however, in a game involving
Sylvania Northview and Ottawa Hills the Green Bears were awarded with a free
kick inside the Northview goalie box that ultimately led to a Green Bears’ goal.
The awarding of the free kick where normally a penalty kick would have been
awarded surprised many in attendance and created quite a buzz.

History is Made

Woodmore freshman Mikayla Baer is writing history. This
past week Mikayla became the first Woodmore girl to advance to the state
district golf tournament by shooting an 81 at the White Pines Golf Course
sectional. Interestingly, Baer’s appearance in the sectional was her first in a
girls’ only event as she ordinarily competes with the Woodmore boys’ golf team. 

Under the Radar

The Hicksville Aces are riding a 6-0 record and,
undoubtedly, thinking ahead to the state playoffs and they have the outstanding
play of their senior tailback, Logan Battershall, to thank for their success.
Last season, Battershall shattered several school records in rushing for 2,032
yards and scoring 30 touchdowns and he did not slow down in the off season. So
far this season, Battershall has already rushed for 839 yards and scored 10
touchdowns and is close to breaking most of the Hicksville rushing and scoring
career records.

On Tap

Toledo St. Francis (6-0) v. Toledo Central Catholic
(5-1), football, Friday at 7 p.m.:
This is a big one. Even when these teams
are having average years this game is a big one but when the battle is for
supremacy in the Toledo City League it takes on even more importance. The winner
emerges with mega computer points and bragging rights for the next year. Expect
an overflow crowd.

Southview (4-2) v. Maumee (5-1), football, Friday at 7
Maumee’s loss last week to Anthony Wayne took some of the luster off
this match-up but a Maumee win here would make the Northern Lakes League title
race much more interesting. Both teams need a win here to keep their state
playoffs hopes alive.

Bryan (5-1) v. Patrick Henry (6-0), football, Friday at
7:00 p.m.:
 The Bryan Golden Bears are looking to slay the giant in the form
of state ranked Patrick Henry. Few expect the Golden Bears to be able to stay
with the Patriots so the young men from Bryan have nothing to lose.

St. Mary’s Memorial  (4-2) v. Ottawa-Glandorf (5-1),
football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.:
Key Western Buckeye League matchup between
two teams facing  a must win situation. The winner remains in the league race,
the loser plays for next year.

Ottawa Hills (13-0) v. Perrysburg (11-4), boys’ soccer,
Saturday at 1:00 p.m.:
Another big test for the state champion Green Bears
as they take on Division I power Perrysburg.  Already this season Ottawa Hills
has defeated DI Anthony Wayne, 4-3, and DI Sylvania Northview, 6-1, and a win
over Perrysburg would provide the Green Bears with a trifecta.

Toledo St. John’s  (8-6) v. Toledo St. Francis (10-1),
boys’ soccer, Saturday at 2:00 p.m.:
St. Francis has emerged as the toast of
the town in boys’ soccer and probably should be favored but the young Titan team
is dangerous. St. John’s has the necessary talent to beat anyone and the Knights
must avoid over confidence.

Perrysburg (10-4) v. Northview (6-3-1), boys’ soccer,
Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.:
The Northern Lakes League soccer race is jammed at the
top but Perrysburg can virtually lock it up with a victory over the Wildcats.
Northview is still looking for consistency but a win here will provide them
momentum going into the state playoffs.

St. Francis v. Lakewood St. Edwards, boys’ soccer,
Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.:
A good test for St. Francis as they ready for the
state playoffs. St. Ed’s is a strong program and tournament tested. 


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