JJ’s Photo Gallery: Hamler Patrick Henry 34, Archbold 13


Patrick Henry runing back Justin Buenger gained 223 yards on 19 carries including two touchdowns

Sights from the Patriots Northwest Ohio Athletic League Week 8 win


The Archbold High School Blue Streak
football team hosted its Northwest Ohio Athletic League rival, Hamler Patrick
Henry, Friday night at Blue Streak Stadium. Patrick Henry entered the contest
with a 6-0 conference record. Archbold (5-2, 4-1), was tied for second place in
the NWOAL with Bryan (5-2, 4-1) and Liberty Center (5-2, 4-1).


Patrick Henry defeated Archbold 34-13 to
clinch a share of the NWOAL title in the end. 



Archbold senior Drew Smith had the honor of
leading his Blue Streak teammates onto the field before the start of the game.
The two teams first met in 1970. Archbold currently leads the series 21-18 but
Patrick Henry has captured the last eight encounters. 



After winning seven previous NWOAL
conference titles, the Patrick Henry Patriots, clinched at least a share of
their eighth consecutive league crown with their 34-13 win over Archbold. 



Bryan Miller, in his first year as head
coach for the Archbold Blue Streaks, replaced long-time coach John Downey.
Miller was an assistant under Downey for the past six seasons and was the
offensive coordinator for the past four years. Last season, with Miller’s
guidance, the Blue Streaks’ spread offense put up 362.7 yards of offense per
game and averaged nearly 32 points per contest. 



Bill Inselmann, in his 19th year as head
coach, has built the Hamler Patrick Henry football program into a perennial
powerhouse. His team is currently the second-ranked team in the state Division V



The Patrick Henry cheerleaders know that
their football is tops. 



The Archbold cheerleaders are all smiles. 



During the halftime ceremonies, school
administrators and students proudly display a banner that states that the
Archbold-Area Local School District has once again earned the highest rating of
“Excellent with Distinction” from the Ohio Department of Education. 



Zachary Plotts of the Patrick Henry Marching
Band drum line, performs during the band’s halftime show. The Patrick Henry
Patriots had a 20-13 lead at the intermission. 



Archbold High School Blue Streak Marching
Band field commanders Kelsey Greiser (left), Hope Harvey (center), and Kate
Friesen (right) play metal garbage cans during the band’s halftime rendition of
the “Blue Streak Stomp”.    



Trevor (left), Cash (center), and Toby
(right) are ball boys for the Archbold Blue Streak football team.  In a couple
of years they will be on the playing field at Blue Streak Stadium under the
“Friday night Lights”. 



Patrick Henry senior running back Justin
Buenger (21) races away from the Archbold defenders for an 81-yard touchdown run
on the Patriot’s first play of the game. 



Senior center Cole Gibson (54) and the rest
of the Patrick Henry offensive linemen opened big holes in the Archbold
defensive line for the Patriot running backs. Patrick Henry amassed 449 total
offensive yards for the game. 



Archbold junior quarterback Garrett Morton
(10) is ready to fire a pass. The Blue Streak’s spread offense usually has four
or five receivers that Morton can choose to throw to. Morton completed 29-of-52
passes for 354 yards. He was intercepted twice. 



With his receivers covered and no one to
throw to, Archbold junior quarterback Garrett Morton (10) is forced to scramble
for yardage, Patrick Henry senior defensive end Aaron George (13) and senior
defensive tackle Brad Yarnell (65) give chase. Morton rushed 14 times for 23
yards including a two-yard plunge with 6:29 in the first quarter to give the
Blue Streaks a 10-7 lead. 



Archbold first-year head coach Bryan Miller
passes on a play to his junior quarterback Garrett Morton (10). 



Patrick Henry head coach Bill Inselmann
converses with his senior quarterback Luke George (4). Last season, George set a
school record by passing for 1,681 yards. 



Archbold senior wide receiver Drew Smith (7)
and Patrick Henry’s Luke George (4), who plays the defensive back position on
defense, leap high into the air to battle for a pass from Blue Streak junior
quarterback Garrett Morton. Smith caught six passes for 89 yards. 



Patrick Henry senior running back Justin
Buenger (21) carries the ball. Buenger gained 223 yards on 19 carries including
two touchdowns. 



Patrick Henry senior running back Justin
Buenger (21) stiff-arms an Archbold defender as he tied to elude being tackled.
Buenger, who set a school record last year with 1,645 rushing yards, entered the
game leading the NWOAL in rushing with 1,072 yard on 106 carries. 



Patrick Henry senior quarterback Luke George
(4) looks downfield for an open receiver. George entered the contest having
completed 55-of-83 passes for 785 yards and 9 touchdowns this season.  For the
game, he completed two passes on four attempts for 44 yards. 



Patrick Henry senior quarterback Luke George
(4) rushed 14 times for 131 yards including a 26-yard touchdown run in the
second quarter to give the Patriots a 14-7 lead. For the season, George has
gained 469 rushing yards on 72 attempts. 



Patrick Henry’s do-it-all senior Luke George
(4) occasionally played wide receiver in the game. He caught two passes for 20



Patrick Henry senior running back Bill
Miller (32) carried the ball six times for 31 yards including a seven-yard
touchdown run in the second quarter to increase the Patriot’s lead to 20-10 and
a 2-yard run in the final minute of the game. 



Patrick Henry junior quarterback Kasey
Spence (5) hands the ball off to senior running back Justin Buenger (21). Spence
completed 2-of-5 pass atempts for 20 yards in the game. 



Archbold senior wide receiver Trey Westrick
(27) is tackled by Patrick Henry seniors Aaron George (13) Bill Miller (32). The
Patriot’s defense, which clamped down on the Blue Streak’s spread offense as it
neared the goal line, allowed only one offensive touchdown and two field goals
in the game. 



The Patrick Henry Patriots celebrate their
eighth win of the season, which earned them at least a share of the NWOAL title
for the eighth consecutive year. Patrick Henry travels to Pemberville Eastwood
for a non-conference game on Friday night and then wraps up their season at home
against league foe Wauseon.







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