Clashes between Arlington and Mount
Trojans looking to
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T2 COV ER STORY THE COURIER
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Hardin Northern T10
McComb T18 Arlington and
T22 Mount Blanchard
Yawberg & Castor
T26 clashes began in 1909
BVC Composite T28
St. Wendelin changes leagues T29 By DAVE HANNEMAN
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
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
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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
T4 A RCA DI A THE COURIER
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009
KEY TO THE SEASON
Redskins QUICK FACTS
COACH: Paul Shoemaker, 1st
adapting to LAST YEAR: 1-9 overall, 1-8
Blanchard Valley Conference
another new LAST BVC TITLE: None
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Mul-
grid system DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 3-3-5
STRENGTHS: Seven seniors
By NATHAN INNIGER mores on the
O FFE N S E STAFF WRITER
6-4 team two
According to quarterback
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
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.
RUSHING ATT YARDS AVG. TD
Jake Aurand 107 521 4.9 7 offense is pretty simplistic. We don’t by an experienced offensive line and Defensively, Shoemaker plans to
RECEIVING REC YARDS AVG. TD
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
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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Date Opponent Home/Away
August 28 St. Wendelin H
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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
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009
KEY TO THE SEASON
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-
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 4-3
Z. Leonard Glick
experience STRENGTHS: Offensive back-
field is loaded
By MARK HEIMAN terback Zane
O FFE N S E
STAFF WRITER Leonard and
According to quarterback
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
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.
RUSHING ATT YARDS AVG. TD
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
RECEIVING ATT YARDS AVG. TD
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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September 4 Cory-Rawson H*
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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
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starters this year and last year, they
KEY TO THE SEASON
Hornets would are going to see a lot of the same
names,” Schafer said.
COACH: Andy Schafer (2nd
like a repeat of One starter that is not a senior
is sophomore Jeremiah Alspach, who
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
RUSHING ATT YARDS AVG. TD
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
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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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
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September 4 Arlington A*
11 Hardin Northern
25 Arcadia H*
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