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T2                                                                          COV ER STORY                                                                                                   THE COURIER
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Arcadia                         T4
Arlington                       T6
Cory-Rawson                     T8
Hardin Northern                T10
Leipsic                        T12
Liberty-Benton                 T14
McComb                         T18   Arlington and
Van Buren
                               T22   Mount Blanchard
Yawberg & Castor
                               T26   clashes began in 1909
BVC Composite                  T28
St. Wendelin changes leagues   T29                 By DAVE HANNEMAN
                                                           STAFF WRITER
GBC schedule & roundup         T30
Findlay                        T31      Whoever said blood is thicker than water must
Bluffton                       T36   not have known Ted Oman or Fred Smith or any-
                                     thing about the Arlington versus Mount Blanchard
Carey                          T38
                                     football rivalry.
Elmwood                        T40      “Ted Oman played for Mount Blanchard. His
Fostoria                       T42   cousin Fred Smith played for Arlington,” said Don
                                     Steinman, smiling a bit as he recalled the story.
St. Wendelin                   T44
                                        “Anyway, Arlington runs a play, Fred ends up on
North Baltimore                T46   the bottom of the pile and he starts getting wailed
Ottawa-Glandorf                T50   on. He’s taking a beating.
Patrick Henry                  T52      “Fred’s got his arms up over his head trying to
                                     protect himself. When he finally gets a little room
Riverdale                      T54   and opens his eyes, he’s staring right into the face
Upper Sandusky                 T56   of Oman. He starts yelling, “Ted! Ted! It’s me, your
Ada                            T58   cousin Freddy,’
                                        “I’m not sure that did any good, though.”
Columbus Grove                 T59
                                        It was 100 years ago this season when Arlington
Hopewell-Loudon                T60   and Mount Blanchard, two small schools connected
Area football schedule         T63   by 5 miles of State Route 103 and a growing passion
                                     for football, first met on the gridiron.

                                     Bragging rights at stake                                                                                                    Photo provided by Eagle Creek Historical Organization
                                                                                               ARLINGTON’S FIRST football team dates to 1909. The team’s most fierce rival was Mount
                                         Between 1921 and 1961, the two schools were the
SPORTS EDITOR                                                                                  Blanchard. Between 1921-1961 the schools met 43 times and bragging rights were the ultimate
      Larry Alter                    central figures in a classic backyard rivalry that was
                                     among the finest and fiercest in the state. The two
STAFF WRITERS                        schools met 43 times in those 41 years. Eighteen          a distraught Mount Cory mother approached on            Arlington, Mount Blanchard chalked up another
      Jamie Baker                    of those 43 games were decided by a touchdown or          the sidelines and asked why he was doing that to        win that left the Red Devils more than a bit frus-
      Dave Hanneman                  less. Six ended in a scoreless tie.                       their boys.                                             trated.
      Mark Heiman                        Bragging rights were the ultimate reward when             “Because you fired me!” shot back.                      Mount Blanchard had a 20-14 lead late in that
      Brian Lester                   Arlington and Mount Blanchard clashed.                        So the story goes.                                  1938 game. But Arlington was driving, and Castor,
      Nathan Inniger                     Usually, there was more at stake. In 20 of those 41       Castor and locked horns in a classic battle early   a master of slight of hand and unusual plays, had a
      Ty Thaxton                     seasons, either Arlington or Mount Blanchard won          in their careers.                                       trick or two up his sleeve.
                                     the league championship. More often than not, it                                                                      Castor called for a formation in which the offen-
STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER                                                                                                                                     sive linemen all lined up to the left of center Dale
      Randy Roberts
                                     was the head-to-head battle between the Red Devils        Classic clashes                                         “Pokey” Cummins.
                                     and Purple Hurricanes that decided the title.
                                         Harold “Doc” Castor and Howard Yawberg were              During the 1936 season, Mount Blanchard beat             Technically, being on the end of the line made
                                     coaches who epitomized the Arlington/Mount                Arlington 7-0. Castor thought Arlington was the         Cummins an eligible receiver. And after snapping
      Mark Deckard                                                                             better team and should have won. He wanted a            the ball he slipped into the endzone and caught what
      Howard Moyer                   Blanchard rivalry.
                                         Castor quarterbacked Arlington to a 7-1-1 season      rematch.                                                Arlington thought was a game-tying touchdown
      Kent Tarbox                                                                                 Mount Blanchard had one league loss, a 12-7          pass.
      Chelsea Tarbox                 in 1921 and a 6-2-0 record his senior year. He earned
                                     degrees from Findlay College, Kent State and the          setback to Mount Cory. Mount Cory had only a tie            The officials huddled, however, discussed the
COVER DESIGN                         University of Michigan, played some pro ball with         on its record.                                          play, and decided it was illegal for the center to
      Jason Smith                    the Canton Bulldogs and did some teaching and                 Yawberg made a deal with Castor, telling him        catch the football. The score was taken off the board
                                     coaching at Greentown High School before return-          that if he beat Mount Cory (a win that would give       and Mount Blanchard’s 20-14 lead stood as the final
                                     ing to Arlington in 1933.                                 Mount Blanchard the league title) he would allow        score.
    S pe c i al th a nk s to D o n                                                             a rematch.                                                  Arlington’s Lou Fritz took the loss harder than
Steinman, Dave Davis and Greg            Castor was Arlington’s coach for 26 years, taking
                                     only a three-year break to serve in the Army from            Arlington did beat Mount Cory, and on a nippy        anyone. Fritz ran to a nearby school bus, grabbed a
Snyder, whose diligent work
researching Arlington’s football     1942-44. He led the Red Devils to 10 unbeaten             Thanksgiving day the Red Devils and Purple Hur-         fire-axe that buses were required to carry in those
history provided much of the         seasons, 13 league championships and a 170-34-13          ricanes squared off. The final outcome was the          days, and set about exacting his revenge on the
background for these articles, to    career record.                                            same, though. In another classic, Mount Blanchard       Mount Blanchard goalpost.
those who contacted the sports           Yawberg began his coaching career at Rawson.          blocked a punt out of the endzone in the final min-         “We got the axe away from him,” said Leo Mus-
department in reference to           After being unceremoniously dumped before the             utes and won the contest 2-0.                           grave, a halfback on that ’38 team. “He was able to
Mount Blanchard football and
                                     1935 season, he was offered the job at Mount                 It was a disappointing loss for Arlington. But       get a few good licks in before we could stop him,
to the Hancock County Historical                                                               perhaps not the most frustrating one in the long        though.”
Museum for providing old football    Blanchard and took the nickname Purple Hurricanes
                                     with him. Some time later, while Mount Blanchard          and storied rivalry.
attire.                                                                                           Two years after the Thanksgiving victory over
                                     was in the process of pummelling his former team,
                                                                                                                                                                       See GOLDEN, Page T3
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009                                                         COV ER STORY                                                                                                                    T3

Mount Blanchard built a tradition of its own
Times, though, were lean until
achieving a 7-1 record in 1936
         By MARK HEIMAN                    from the 1900 school year. Research
              STAFF WRITER                 was unable to turn up an earlier one,
                                           or if the school had a team continu-
    Football was in Mount Blanchard        ously until 1962.
at the turn of the century.                    Mount Blanchard did field a squad
    The 20th century, that is.             when the Little Eight was formed from
    But it didn’t survive until the next   Hancock County Schools in 1924 and
century rolled around as consolidation     fielded a team until the school con-
took the school and wrapped it with        solidated.
Wharton and Forest into the River-             Times were lean for Mount
dale district after the 1961-62 school     Blanchard in the early going of the
year.                                      county league.
    But in between those 60-plus years         Mount Blanchard didn’t win a
of football there were a few cham-         league title until 1936 when it posted
pionships, an intense rivalry with         a 7-1 record under second-year coach
neighboring Arlington, a very unique       Howard Yawberg. Then Yawberg led
nickname, a barefoot kicker and a lot      the team to titles in 1938, ’39, ’40 and                                                                                     Photo provided by Eagle Creek Historical Organization
of memories.                               ’44. They had to wait until 1959 to         MOUNT BLANCHARD’S gridiron history dates back to a high school team in 1900. The team didn’t win its
    “We used to draw pretty fair           win their next — and last — county          first league title until 1936 and then had an intense neighborhood rivalry against Arlington that ended with a
crowds, especially if we were good,        title.                                      consolidation after the 1961-62 school year.
because Mount Blanchard loved its              “(Yawberg) was a great guy. You
football,” said Bob Dunbar, a 1940         couldn’t help but like him. He treated      off the damn football team,” said Lyle        Yawberg capped his career against      and burned the wagon and casket.”
Mount Blanchard graduate.                  us just like we were family,” said                                                     Arlington in 1944 with a 58-0 pasting,       After the 1944 beating, Mount
                                                                                       Feller, who was a junior quarterback
    “We played at 2 p.m. and the stu-      Orville Beckwith, a 1941 graduate,                                                                                               Blanchard would win just two more
                                                                                       on the unit. “They knew they had           the largest margin of victory in the
dents could leave school. Then after       who was on the ’39 and ’40 champi-                                                                                               times against Arlington. Both were
                                                                                       broken a regulation. Our coaching          series’ history.
the game they would go back into           onship teams.                                                                                                                    12-0 decisions coming in 1959 and
                                                                                       staff knew they had to pay a penalty.         “When Arlington and Mount
school and have attendance checked.            “He was pretty strict, too.”                                                                                                 1961, the final time the schools would
They even closed the bank for games                                                        “We were concerned what was            Blanchard played they would stand
                                               Yawberg compiled a 68-19-6 record                                                                                            lock horns.
if we had a good team.”                                                                going to happen to us, because there       three to four people around the field,”
                                           at Mount Blanchard and his only losing                                                                                              Mount Blanchard scored twice in
    One of those good teams came                                                       weren’t many of us left. Fielding a        said 1935 Mount Blanchard graduate
                                           season was 1937 when he kicked a                                                                                                 the fourth quarter to win the 1961
about when Mount Blanchard wrote           number of players off the team.             team before the Arlington game was         Medford Bishop. “The games were in
                                                                                       something all of us wanted to do.          the afternoon, so the fans would go       game.
the perfect final chapter on the               The exact number is lost in memo-                                                                                               “That was a great rivalry. We knew
school’s football program. The 1961        ries.                                           “The rest of us were left to play      back to work.
                                                                                       the Arlington game and I have never           “I remember one time (Arling-          that we wanted to get prepared for
team finished 9-0.                             “He told us the first day of practice                                                                                        them. They were solid,” Gossman
    “We had a tradition with the three     that he had reliable people, spies if you   taken such a physical beating in my        ton’s) Doc Davis, who could really
                                                                                                                                  run, was coming down the sideline.        said.
teams ahead of us,” said Roger Goss-       will, around town to watch us,” said        life,” said Feller, 87, who spent 36
                                                                                                                                  (Mount Blanchard fan) Bill Rose              “The biggest thing with Doc Castor
man, a senior quarterback on that          Dunbar, 87, who taught and coached          years at Prudential Life Insurance                                                   was that they would run a three-back
final Mount Blanchard team.                for 31 years at Harpster and Kenton.        until he retired.                          stuck his foot out to stop him. I think
                                                                                                                                  Carl Bowman pulled him back and the       offense and they would do a bunch of
    “But Mount Blanchard had estab-            “That’s how those boys got caught.          Arlington won the game 27-0,                                                     turning around and hand the ball off
lished that tradition a long time ahead    I’d be with a buddy and he would sneak      which added fuel to the already white-     crowd hid him.”
                                                                                                                                     Arlington was also into the tom-       to different guys.
of us. We knew they all liked football     down the alley for a smoke. I wouldn’t      hot fire.                                                                               “When I think of football in the
and that helped bring the entire com-      go along so I wouldn’t be guilty by                                                    foolery between the rivals, who are
                                                                                                                                                                            1930s and ’40s, I think of that and the
munity out to watch us. They lined         association.”                                                                          separated by just five miles of State
                                                                                       Yawberg-Castor clashes                                                               Single Wing. I wouldn’t call it tricky,
up 2-3 people deep to watch the                The remaining players had cause                                                    Route 103.
                                                                                                                                                                            because they ran it forever. You had to
games.”                                    for concern because dreaded Arling-            During Yawberg’s 10-year reign,            “I remember one year Arlington         be prepared for it, because you never
                                           ton was looming on the schedule.            he bumped heads with longtime              people brought, on a wagon, a casket      knew who had the ball.”
                                               “We had a very strict set of rules      Arlington coach Doc Castor. The            with ‘Mount Blanchard’ written on it,”
It began in 1900                           that we were to follow. Some of our         teams each won five games during           Dunbar said. “Blanchard got ahead
                                                                                                                                                                               While Yawberg helped heat up the
                                                                                                                                                                            Mount Blanchard-Arlington rivalry,
   A photograph in the 1980 Mount          guys decided that they did not need to      those 10 years with a 0-0 tie in 1939.     pretty good and the Arlington people
Blanchard Sesquicentennial book            pay any attention to that and they paid     The teams played twice in 1936 with        started to leave.
shows a high school football team          a pretty big price — they got kicked        Mount Blanchard winning both.                 “So the Blanchard people went over                See MOUNT, Page T27

Golden                                        “The morning of the game, we
                                           woke up to a howling snowstorm,”
                                           said Printy Arthur, a halfback on the
                                           1941 team.
                                                                                           Mount Blanchard put the first
                                                                                       points on the board when Charles
                                                                                       Russell blocked a first-quarter punt
                                                                                       and Tom Miller scooped up the loose
                                                                                                                                  Blanchard in 1961. But the loss did
                                                                                                                                  not cost them a 14th championship
                                                                                                                                  because Mount Blanchard was no
                                                                                                                                  longer in the league.
                                                                                                                                                                               Instead, Mount Blanchard hooked
                                                                                                                                                                            up with Wharton and Forest to form
                                                                                                                                                                            Riverdale High School. The new
                                                                                                                                                                            school opened its doors in 1962 and,
         Continued from page T2               “The storm came in from the              ball and stepped into the endzone.             Other changes were going on as        except for two three-year periods in
                                           south and at times the snow was                 Arlington stormed back, however,       well.                                     the 1960s, Riverdale and Arlington
Arlington dominated                        blowing straight sideways. It was           with Arthur and Paul Beach scoring             In the late 1950s, smaller school     have met every year since.
   Mount Blanchard won consecu-            wet and cold. The field was muddy.          on 45-yard bursts in the second quar-      districts were being pressured to con-
                                                                                                                                                                               It’s been a strong rivalry in its own
tive Little Nine League champion-          It was horrible. There couldn’t have        ter. Arthur’s interception set up a Pete   solidate, and state education officials
                                           been more than 100 people at the            Hartman TD in the fourth period and        felt Arlington, Mount Blanchard and       right, but perhaps not as intense as
ships from 1938-40. But Arlington,                                                                                                                                          the earlier one. At least no one has
which would eventually dominate            game.”                                      Arlington won the contest to claim its     Vanlue would be a natural merger.
                                              Arling ton entered the game              first-ever Little Nine League title.           That plan fizzled, though, when       attacked the goalposts with an axe.
the rivalry (26-10-7), turned things
around in a memorable game in              5-0-1 and unscored upon. Mount                  Arlington would win 12 more            Superintendant C.F. Rost reportedly
1941.                                      Blanchard was 4-0-2. Both had bat-          league titles over the next 19 seasons.    said Arlington would always have a        Hanneman: 419-427-8408,
                                           tled Mount Cory to a 0-0 draw.              The Red Devils fell 12-0 to Mount          school located in Arlington.    
T4                                                                                                           A RCA DI A                                                                                             THE COURIER
                                                                                                                                                                                                       WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009

                                                     Redskins                                                                                                                                                 QUICK FACTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                    COACH: Paul Shoemaker, 1st
                                                                                                                                                                                                    year (0-0)
                                                     adapting to                                                                                                                                    LAST YEAR: 1-9 overall, 1-8
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Blanchard Valley Conference

                                                     another new                                                                                                                                    LAST BVC TITLE: None
                                                                                                                                                                                                    OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Mul-

Duncan                   Baker
                                                     grid system                                                                                                                                    DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 3-3-5
                                                                                                                                                                                                    STRENGTHS: Seven seniors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       return who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       were sopho-
                                                             By NATHAN INNIGER                                                                                                                                         mores on the
              O FFE N S E                                            STAFF WRITER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       6-4 team two
   According to quarterback
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       years ago.
Jordan Duncan: “We have a                                ARCADIA — Another season,                                                                                                                                     They know
bunch of guys in new spots, so we’ll                 another new coach for the Arcadia                                                                                                                                 what it takes to
have to adjust to that. But we have                  Redskins.                                                                                                                                                         have success.
a good running game coming back                          Entering the revolving door will be                                                                                                                           Arcadia has a
so that should be a solid point of                   first-year head coach Paul Shoemaker,                                                                                                                             considerable
our offense.”                                        who was the Redskins’ defensive coor-                                                                                                                             amount of play-
                                                     dinator a year ago. He is the fourth                                                                          MARK DECKARD / for The Courier   Shoemaker          ers back who
              D E FE N S E                           head coach in five years.                         ARCADIA QUARTERBACK Jordan Duncan (left) prepares to hand off the                                               gained experi-
   According to lineman Clay                             “Obviously, these guys have had a             ball to running back Trevor Colman during summer camp.                                                          ence last season
Baker: “(The 3-3-5) has been                         lot of systems,” Shoemaker said. “It’s a                                                                                                       on defense. Seniors are manning
working well. We’re deeper at                        hurdle that we have to get over, learn-               The players were also eager for           ger suits,” Shoemaker said of his offen-       a majority of the skill positions
linebacker than the lineman posi-                    ing a new system.”                                change after the offense struggled to         sive line. “We have three seniors, a           offensively.
tions, so we’ve just got to have the                     There will be new systems on both             move the ball last year.                      junior and a sophomore playing                 WEAKNESSES: Arcadia is
linemen fill the gaps and the line-                  sides of the ball as the Redskins use                 “It’s going a lot better,” senior         offensive line. We’ve got good experi-         learning a new system for the
backers make tackles. We’re going                    multiple looks on offense and apply a             quarterback Jordan Duncan said.               ence.”                                         fourth time in five seasons.
to bring a lot of different pressure                 3-3-5 defense.                                                                                      Senior Dylan True and sophomore
                                                                                                       “This system is going to work a lot                                                          Quarterback Jordan Duncan is
from a lot of different angles.”                         Shoemaker hopes to employ some                                                              Trevor Colman will get the bulk of
                                                                                                       better than last year, we hope, because                                                      in his first season as the leader
                                                     two- and three-receiver sets and main-            it’s more spread out the ball than run        the carries. Senior tight end Julian           of the offense. Depth will be an
                                                     tain a balance of running and pass-               the ball.”                                    Pina and senior wide receivers Jake            issue. With only 29 players on the
              2008 LEADERS
                                                     ing.                                                  Duncan, who is in his first year as a     Metzger and Anthony Elchert will pro-          roster, several sophomores have
PASSING       ATT   COMP    YDS     TD      INT          “(The players) are picking things             quarterback, has been quick to pick up        vide Duncan with some solid receivier          prominent roles on both sides of
Fleegle       186    60     774      2       14
                                                     up really well,” Shoemaker said. “The             the new offense and will be helped out        options.                                       the ball.
Jake Aurand   107    521     4.9     7               offense is pretty simplistic. We don’t            by an experienced offensive line and             Defensively, Shoemaker plans to
                                                     have a lot of motion and variations of            proven players at the skill positions.
Jeff Huffman 22      410    18.6     2               things that we do.”                                   “That is probably one of our stron-               See REDSKINS, Page T27
                                                                                                                                                                                                            GRIDIRON GURU
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Look for the Redskins to be a
                                  OFFENSIVE UNIT                                                                                  DEFENSIVE UNIT                                                    much improved team on both sides
Pos.                              Yr. Ht.      Wt.   Pos.                           Yr. Ht.      Wt.   Pos.                       Yr. Ht.      Wt.   Pos.                         Yr. Ht.     Wt.   of the ball and more competitive
QB     Jordan Duncan              Sr.   6-4    200   QB     Casey Mock              Fr.   5-9    165   DE     Cole Stuby          Jr.   6-0    185   DE     Julian Pina          Sr.   6-2    210   than a year ago. Unfortunately
RB     Trevor Colman              So.   6-0    180   RB     Lane Mellott            So.   5-8    150   DE     Dirk Bridenbach     So.   6-2    185   DE     Jordan Duncan        Sr.   6-4    200   for Arcadia, the Blanchard Valley
RB     Dylan True                 Sr.   6-0    185   RB     Lucas Whitta            So.   5-11   185   NG     Jarod Corbin        Sr.   6-5    265   DT     Clay Baker           Sr.   6-3    215   Conference figures to be solid from
WR     Jake Metzger               Sr.   5-10   165   WR     Grant Baker             So.   5-10   160   OLB    Lucas Whitta        So.   5-11   185   DT     Kevin Keefe          Fr.   6-0    205
WR     Anthony Elchert            Jr.   5-8    140   WR     Casey Mock              Fr.   5-9    165   OLB    Dylan True          Sr.   6-0    185   NT     Nick Spridgeon       Jr.   5-9    190
                                                                                                                                                                                                    top to bottom. A three- or four-win
OT     Clay Baker                 Sr.   6-3    215   OT     Chris Moses             Jr.   6-2    245   MLB    Garrett Schling     So.   5-11   210   ILB    Dylan True           Sr.   6-0    185   season is possible, but much more
OT     Nick Spridgeon             Jr.   5-9    190   OT     Jarod Corbin            Sr.   6-5    265   ILB    Zach Bame           Jr.   5-11   210   OLB    Tyler Bame           Fr.   5-9    140   than that is unlikely. However, no
OG     Garrett Schling            So.   5-11   210   OG     Dirk Bridenbach         So.   6-2    185   ILB    Johnston Baird      So.   5-10   185   OLB    Clay Moyer           Fr.   5-9    170   one expected the Redskins to win
OG     Johnston Baird             Sr.   5-10   185   OG     Kevin Keefe             Fr.   6-0    205   CB     Anthony Elchert     Sr.   5-8    140   CB     Lane Mellott         So.   5-8    150
C      Zach Bame                  Jr.   5-11   210   C      Dominick Diller         So.   5-11   250   CB     Jake Metzger        Sr.   5-10   165   CB     Grant Baker          So.   5-10   160
                                                                                                                                                                                                    six games in 2007, maybe the 2009
TE     Julian Pina                Sr.   6-2    210   TE     Cole Stuby              Jr.   6-0    185   S      Trevor Colman       So.   6-0    180   S      Lucas Recker         So.   5-8    155   squad can be the surprise team in
PK     Jake Metzger               Sr.   5-10   165                                                     P      Jordan Duncan       Sr.   6-4    200   P      Julian Pina          Sr.   6-2    210   the BVC.

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Dylan True (1), Grant Baker (2), Lucas Recker (4), Jordan Duncan (5), Trevor Colman (6), Anthony Elchert (7), Jake Metzger (10), Casey Mock (11), Julian Pina (12), Tyler Bame (14), Eric
Reinhart (15), Lucas Whitta (22), Lane Mellott (32), Brandon Ludwig (33), Connor Smith (35), Cole Stuby (42), Dirk Breidenbach (50), Clay Moyer (52), Johnston Baird (54), Zach Bame (55),
Garrett Schling (56), Travis Roller (60), Gabe Johnson (62), Jarod Corbin (64), Nick Spridgeon (65), Dominick Diller (66), Kevin Keefe (72), Clay Baker (77), Chris Moses (78). Head coach —
Paul Shoemaker. Assistants — Scott Zimak, Dave Golden, Glen Tate, Melvyn Griffin.

                2009 SCHEDULE
           Date    Opponent           Home/Away

    August 28 St. Wendelin                       H
 September 4 Pandora-Gilboa                      H*
           11 Vanlue
           18 Arlington
                                                 A*                                                                      REDSKINS
            25 Cory-Rawson                       A*
   October 2 Van Buren                           H*                                                           2008 RESULTS                                             RECORD BOOK
           11 Liberty-Benton                     A*       St. Wendelin                         10-41   Arlington                 0-44                         2008       1-9    2003       1-9
           16 Leipsic                            A*       Van Buren                             9-35   Vanlue                    27-0                         2007       6-4    2002       3-7
           23 McComb                             H*       Hardin Northern                      18-34   McComb                   13-37                         2006       2-8    2001       3-7
           30 Hardin Northern                    A*       Pandora-Gilboa                        0-41   Cory-Rawson              21-47                         2005       2-8    2000       2-8
* — Blanchard Valley Conference games                     Liberty-Benton                        7-69   Leipsic                   6-42                         2004       3-7    1999       1-9

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                                                    Devils hope                                                                                                                                                   QUICK FACTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                      COACH: Dick Leonard, 2nd year
                                                    to benefit                                                                                                                                         LAST YEAR: 7-4 overall, 6-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blanchard Valley Conference
                                                                                                                                                                                                      LAST BVC TITLE: 1987
                                                    from playoff                                                                                                                                      OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Wing-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      T, wishbone
                                                                                                                                                                                                      DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 4-3

Z. Leonard               Glick
                                                    experience                                                                                                                                        STRENGTHS: Offensive back-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        field is loaded
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        with quar-
                                                              By MARK HEIMAN                                                                                                                                            terback Zane
              O FFE N S E
                                                                   STAFF WRITER                                                                                                                                         Leonard and
   According to quarterback
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        running backs
Zane Leonard: “We need to have
                                                        ARLINGTON — Arlington’s Dick                                                                                                                                    Matt Morehart,
a better passing game this year.
                                                    Leonard and his coaching staff are a                                                                                                                                Cory Glick and
The receivers are running better
                                                    lot like Anakin Skywalker.                                                                                                                                          Cam Brown
routes, so I need to threw better
                                                        They’ve fallen to the “dark side.”                                                                                                                              returning.
balls. I need to get the ball to them
                                                        Leonard, Arlington’s second-year                                                                                                                                Morehart is out
and let them run.”
                                                    head coach, and his defensive staff                                                                                                                                 for a few games
                                                    abandoned the five-man front defense,                                                                                                             Leonard           after breaking
              D E FE N S E
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a collarbone,
   According to safety Cory                         long a staple at the school, and insti-                                                                     MARK DECKARD / for The Courier
                                                                                                    ARLINGTON BACKS work on their foot work during a summer camp as                                                     but that should
Glick: “We need to match up on                      tuted a four-man front.
                                                                                                    they prepared for the 2009 campaign.                                                              balance out the line. Defensive
(opposing) receivers. We have to                        “We have always adjusted out of                                                                                                               secondary has two starters back,
cover deep, not let receivers get                   the five-man front (when facing the                                                                                                               not including Morehart.
behind us.”                                         spread offenses of the Blanchard                ting our kids ready for what they will            Brent Williams returns to the sec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      WEAKNESSES: Offensive line
                                                    Valley Conference),” Dick Leonard               see on Friday night,” Dick Leonard            ondary, while Zane Leonard saw some                 has only two returning starters
                                                    said. “It just made more sense to start         said. “Obviously, it’s the kids more          time at safety. For the first few weeks             in Joe Beagle and Justin Bruley,
                                                    in a four-man front and then switch to          than anything.                                of the season, Matt Morehart, who led               but both have switched positions.
                                                    a five, if needed.”                                “But we really, really want to play        the BVC with five interceptions, will               Group has to gel quickly. Line-
            2008 LEADERS                                The Red Devils, who were 7-4                fast and really, really want to play dis-     not be in the lineup after he broke a               backer corps was also hit hard
                                                    overall and 6-3 in the BVC, did well            ciplined.”                                    collarbone in the pre-season.                       by graduation and two defensive
PASSING      ATT    COMP    YDS     TD      INT
Leonard       86     40     563      4       5      switching from five- to four-man fronts            Cam Brown will spearhead the                   Morehart (168 carries, 1,251 yards,             linemen were also lost.
                                                    last season. Arlington gave up just 16          defense from the middle linebacker            13 TDs) will also be missed on offense
Morehart     168    1,251    7.4     13             points and 265.8 yards per game. The            spot after earning second-team BVC            after finishing as the No.2 BVC rusher
Glick        115     507     4.4     6
Brown         71     387    5.5      9              yardage was third in the conference             honors. Justin Bruley will line up at an      last season.
                                                    and the scoring average second.                 end, while Joe Beagle will be a tackle.                                                                      GRIDIRON GURU
Morehart      26     330    12.7     2                  “Our coaches do a great job of get-         Each started a year ago.                                See DEVILS, Page T16
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Two straight postseason appear-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ances have the Red Devils itching
     DEPTH CHART                                                                                                                                                                                      to get back. There will be some
                                                                                                                                                                                                      early-season bumps with Morehart
                                  OFFENSIVE UNIT                                                                               DEFENSIVE UNIT
                                                                                                                                                                                                      out and the offensive line needing
Pos.                              Yr. Ht.     Wt.   Pos.                          Yr. Ht.     Wt.   Pos.                       Yr. Ht.      Wt.   Pos.                         Yr. Ht.    Wt.         to come together. It will help that
QB      Zane Leonard              Sr.   179         HB     Matt Cheney            So.   135         DE     Justin Bruley       Sr.   190          DE     Tad Berger            So. 171                the offensive backfield knows what
FB      Cam Brown                 Jr.   190         HB     Tyson Spence           Jr.   165         DT     Joe Beagle          Sr.   189          DT     Dan Drake             Sr. 234                to do with the ball. They may need
HB      Cory Glick                Sr.   190         SE     John Inniger           Jr.   162         DT     Cody Glick          Jr.   216
HB      Jake Leonard              So.   178         OL     Tyson Spence           Jr.   165         DE     Trevor Gast         Sr.   207
                                                                                                                                                                                                      to make people miss in the early
SE      Brent Williams            Sr.   150                                                         MLB    Cam Brown           Jr.   190                                                              going. Playoffs are not out of the
TE      Thayne Recker             So.   200                                                         OLB    Jake Leonard        So.   178                                                              picture as Arlington will finish in
LT      Joe Beagle                Sr.   189                                                         OLB    Thayne Recker       So.   200                                                              the top half of the league.
LG      Trevor Gast               Sr.   207                                                         CB     Brent Williams      Sr.   150
C       Dan Drake                 Sr.   234                                                         CB     John Inniger        Jr.   162
RG      Cody Glick                Jr.   216                                                         FS     Zane Leonard        Sr.   179
RT      Justin Bruley             Sr.   190                                                         SS     Cory Glick          Sr.   190
K       Levi Fennell              Sr.   155

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                2009 SCHEDULE
           Date   Opponent           Home/Away

    August 28 Riverdale                       A
 September 4 Cory-Rawson                      H*
           11 Liberty-Benton
           18 Arcadia
                                              H*                                                                 RED DEVILS
           25 Pandora-Gilboa                  H*
   October 2 Leipsic                          A*                                               2008 RESULTS                                                           RECORD BOOK
             9 Van Buren                      H*   Riverdale                  21-6    Arcadia                    44-0             PLAYOFFS                   2008       7-4    2003       5-5
           16 McComb                          A*   Liberty-Benton             0-25    Leipsic                   42-21     Delphos St. John’s         7-24    2007      10-3    2002       5-5
           23 Hardin Northern                 A*   Cory-Rawson               35-17    Van Buren                  28-7                                        2006      6-4     2001       5-5
           30 Vanlue                          H*   Vanlue                     35-0    Hardin Northern           42-21                                        2005       8-2    2000       8-2
* — Blanchard Valley Conference games              McComb                    28-30    Pandora-Gilboa            21-33                                        2004      6-4     1999       7-3

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                                                                                                 starters this year and last year, they
                                                   Hornets would                                 are going to see a lot of the same
                                                                                                 names,” Schafer said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            QUICK FACTS
                                                                                                                                                                                               COACH: Andy Schafer (2nd
                                                   like a repeat of                                   One starter that is not a senior
                                                                                                 is sophomore Jeremiah Alspach, who
                                                                                                                                                                                               year, 3-7)
                                                                                                                                                                                               LAST YEAR: 3-7 overall, 3-6
                                                                                                 took over at quarterback midway                                                               Blanchard Valley Conference
                                                   2003 season                                   through last season. The results
                                                                                                 were mixed as he threw for over 100
                                                                                                                                                                                               LAST BVC TITLE: 2003
                                                                                                                                                                                               OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Spread
                                                           By NATHAN INNIGER                     yards per game and 8 touchdowns,                                                              DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 4-3
                                                                  STAFF WRITER                   but also six interceptions. That expe-                                                        STRENGTHS: Experience will
                                                                                                 rience could prove valuable for the                                                           be huge. Almost every player on
                                                                                                 Hornets.                                                                                                         the field will
Anderson              Hector                                                                                                                                                                                      have experience
                                                       RAWSON — 2003.                                “He’s just got a lot of confidence,”
                                                       In reality, it’s wasn’t that long ago,    Schafer said. “He is not playing like a                                                                          playing under
             O FFE N S E
                                                   but for Cory-Rawson it must feel like         freshman, he’s playing like a two-year                                                                           the Friday night
    According to receiver John
                                                   ages.                                         starter so he’s not afraid to talk to the                                                                        lights. The play-
Anderson: “Pounding the ball and
                                                       In 2003, the Hornets finished with        guys in the huddle.”                                                                                             ers know what
making sure we actually block this
                                                   an 11-2 record that included two play-            But in Schafer’s spread offense, run-                                                                        BVC football is
year. Last year’s line didn’t do so
                                                   off wins. Since then, the Cory-Rawson         ning the ball is vital and he believes                                                                           all about. The
good, so we are going to try to
                                                   football team has not had a winning           the rushing attack should be solid with                                                                          players were
improve. The offense is looking a
                                                   season, the longest stretch in the            Ben Niese returning at running back                                                                              learning the
lot sharper, more crisp, faster.”
                                                   school’s tradition-rich history.              behind a strong offensive line.                                                                                  spread system
                                                                                                     “Ben is an extremely strong, fast                                                         Schafer            last year and
             D E FE N S E                              This season it could end as the
                                                                                                 kid,” Schafer said. “He weighs 160                                                                               the coaches
   According to middle line-                       Hornets return almost every starter
                                                                                                 pounds, but he benches 370 pounds.                                                                               were limited
backer David Hector: “We have                      on both sides of the ball. They are               “Last year, he was just learning                                                          with what they could call. This
to bring the pain every play. We                   players that are starved for success,         how to be a running back, because he                                                          year the players will be reacting
have to take it to them and not let                confident and determined.                                                                                HOWARD MOYER / for The Courier
                                                                                                 had been at guard for the previous two                                                        rather than thinking.
them bring it to us, secure every                      “Obviously, everybody wants to                                                          CORY-RAWSON’S John Anderson
                                                                                                 years. Now he’s got some vision.”                                                             WEAKNESSES: Cory-Rawson
tackle and allow no extra yards.                   win, but these guys have worked prob-                                                       focuses on catching the ball during
                                                                                                     The line should be able to open up                                                        hasn’t won as many games as
We need to bring the pain.”                        ably harder than any class maybe ever                                                       summer practice.
                                                                                                 some holes. David Hector will play                                                            they are accustomed to in recent
                                                   at Cory-Rawson,” head coach Andy              a tackle; Logan Niese, Ben’s twin                                                             years. But if the Hornets get off
                                                   Schafer said. “The harder you work,           brother, will be a guard; and two-               Defensively, the Hornets hope to             to a slow start, how will they
            2008 LEADERS                           the harder it is to give up.                  year starter Chad Thacker returns at          stop the run first and then attack              react? Nine players are projected
PASSING     ATT   COMP    YDS     TD      INT          “We’re playing with a lot of confi-       center. Senior Joey Rehm will play the        teams in a 4-3 defense.                         to start on both sides of the ball.
                                                   dence right now and that is one thing         other guard and junior Derek Cramer              “Our middle linebacker (David                A few key injuries could hurt the
                                                   that we have lacked.”                         the other tackle.                             Hector) is definitely going to be the           Hornets as they would any team
Bowser      159    609    3.8     3                    Cory-Rawson is expected to start              Senior John Anderson is back to           key to our defense stopping the run             in Division VI.
Niese       102   544     5.3     9
                                                   nine seniors, many of whom started            lead the receiving unit. It also includes     game,” Schafer said. “We’re going to
                                                   or played a lot last year.                    seniors Jesse Rettig, Austin Michel
Erford       24    410    17.1     5                   “When people are looking at the           and Alex Barlekamp.                                   See HORNETS, Page T16

                                                                                                                                                                                                          GRIDIRON GURU
                                OFFENSIVE UNIT                                                                              DEFENSIVE UNIT                                                        The pieces are there for Cory-
Pos.                            Yr. Ht.      Wt.   Pos.                          Yr. Ht.   Wt.   Pos.                       Yr. Ht.      Wt.   Pos.                        Yr. Ht.      Wt.    Rawson to have one of its more
QB     Jeremiah Alspach         So.   5-10   150   WR     Jacob Rehm             Jr. 5-9 133     DE     Logan Niese         Sr.   5-11   167   DE     Josh Mattoon         Jr.   6-1    175    memorable seasons in its recent
RB     Ben Niese                Sr.   5-11   168   WR     James Rader            So. 5-11 140    DE     Jeff Radabaugh      Sr.   6-3    184   DT     Derek Cramer         Jr.   5-11   218    history. A winning campaign looks
WR     John Anderson            Sr.   5-9    162   WR     Cody Thacker           Jr. 6-1 150     DT     Joey Rehm           Sr.   6-1    223   OLB    Austin Heath         So.   5-10   160    to be in order for the Hornets, but
WR     Jesse Rettig             Sr.   6-1    162                                                 DT     Chad Thacker        Sr.   6-2    215   CB     Jacob Rehm           Jr.   5-9    133    reaching the playoffs will be a
WR     Austin Michel            Sr.   5-11   171                                                 OLB    Adam Rosendale      Jr.   6-0    162   S      James Rader          Jr.   5-11   140
WR     Alex Barlekamp           Sr.   5-11   175                                                 ILB    David Hector        Sr.   6-2    205   P      Josh Mattoon         Jr.   6-1    175    tough goal to achieve. With the
OT     David Hector             Sr.   6-2    205                                                 OLB    Alex Barlekamp      Sr.   5-11   175                                                   large number of returning players
OT     Joey Rehm                Sr.   6-1    223                                                 CB     John Anderson       Sr.   5-9    162                                                   Cory-Rawson has, if the Hornets
OG     Derek Cramer             Jr.   5-11   218                                                 CB     Jeremiah Alspach    So.   5-10   150                                                   can get off to a good start and then
OG     Logan Niese              Sr.   5-11   167                                                 S      Austin Michel       Sr.   5-11   171
C      Chad Thacker             Sr.   6-2    215                                                 S      Jesse Rettig        Sr.   6-1    162                                                   knock off a couple of teams, the
PK     Derek Cramer             Jr.   5-11   218                                                 P      David Hector        Sr.   6-2    205                                                   playoffs could become a reality.

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Alex Barlekamp (2), Jacob Rehm (3), James Rader (5), Austin Leonard (10), Jeremiah Alspach (11), Tyler Harris (14), Ben Niese (15), John Anderson (20), Jeff Radabaugh (22), Jesse Rettig (25),
Adam Rosendale (27), Cody Thacker (30), Austin Heath (32), Justin Simpson (41), Carson Hummel (45), Macen Desgranges (50), David Hector (51), Joey Rehm (55), Garrett Simpson (56), Derek
Cramer (57), Chad Thacker (60), Dakota Gibson (61), Josh Hill (62), Mason Banner (65), Chris Reichley (67), Nathan Davis (70), Logan Niese (71), Mitch Karhoff (72), Kyle Wagner (73), Grant
Marshall (74), Kayne Gibson (75), Josh Mattoon (76), Jake Biery (80), Austin Michel (85), Kyle Sprosty (87). Head coach — Andy Schafer. Assistants — Bob Abbey, Dave Siferd, Josh Meyer, Ben
Price, Nick Powell, Aaron Long, Chad Hirschy, Andy Wagner.

                2009 SCHEDULE
           Date    Opponent           Home/Away

    August 28 Bluffton                        A
September 4 Arlington                         A*
           11 Hardin Northern
           18 Pandora-Gilboa
           25 Arcadia                         H*
   October 2 Liberty-Benton                   A*                                                 2008 RESULTS                                                          RECORD BOOK
             9 McComb                         H*    Bluffton                  0-21     Hardin Northern               35-32                                   2008       3-7    2003       11-2
            16 Vanlue                         A*    Leipsic                  13-20     McComb                        14-49                                   2007       3-7    2002       9-3
            23 Leipsic                        H*    Arlington                17-35     Pandora-Gilboa                14-41                                   2006       5-5    2001       4-6
            30 Van Buren                      H*    Van Buren                 7-12     Arcadia                        47-21                                  2005       5-5    2000       3-7
* — Blanchard Valley Conference games               Vanlue                   53-14     Liberty-Benton                  0-42                                  2004       3-7    1999       4-6

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