By Josh Morgret
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Here we are already two-plus weeks into the regular season of high school football.
Like I said last week, at times it flies by and at times, it drags on. I think right now I'm in the it's flying
by part of the season. Ask me again at the end of September.
Speaking of September, today is the first day of the month, which means we are 2/3 of the way through 2022. Is that crazy or is it just me? Anyways, let's take a look at some of the local teams in the area. There were some teams that went up, some that went down, and some just keep chugging along.
Tiffin Columbian – The Tornadoes got in the win column last week with a solid road win over a bigger,
Division II Springfield team. Columbian jumped on the Blue Devils early and often. Starting 0-2 would
have been disastrous for the Tornadoes, but a 46-17 win kept that from happened. Quarterback Brayden
Roggow completed 14-of-21 passes for 165 yards with no interceptions against Springfield. Through
two games, Damien Brockington has tore it up on the ground to the tune of 22 rushes for 258 yards and
four touchdowns while Jack Koerper leads the Tornadoes with 12 catches for 136 yards. Columbian
returns back home this week to take on River Valley (2-0), who scored a 31-20 win over Upper
Sandusky in Week 1 before knocking off Mansfield Madison, 44-28 last week. It's the first of three out
of four at home for the Tornadoes, who welcome in Columbus Bishop Watterson next week.
Tiffin Calvert – The Senecas continue to impress after knocking off Monroeville, 35-8. Through two
games, Calvert has outscored its opponents, 61-17. Harry Schultz continues to lead the efficient
offense, completing 24-of-46 passes for 357 yards while Jacob Rombach has 28 carries for 214 yards
and three TD thus far. Despite its opponent's record, things get significantly tougher for Calvert this
week with a road trip to Norwalk St. Paul. The Flyers are one of the top small-school programs in the
area and have been for almost 30 years under coach John Livengood. St. Paul is 0-2 this season, but
have road losses to Huron (Division V) and Ontario (Division III). The Senecas will have to play clean,
disciplined football throughout and be able to stop St. Paul's running game if it wants to move to 3-0.
Carey – Speaking of teams that keep chugging along, how about the Blue Devils? Everybody knows
Carey won the Division VI state championship and won the last 15 games of the season after a Week 1
loss at Hopewell-Loudon last year. What is left out of that at times and maybe forgotten is the Blue
Devils won all 15 of those games by double-digits with the closest games coming in the state final (26-
14 win over Coldwater) and state semifinal (26-13 win over Springfield). That streak hasn't stopped
after 37-8 and 41-21 victories over Hopewell-Loudon and Galion, respectively. Don't expect the streak
to end this week as Carey travels to Toledo Waite (0-2), who is Division II, but shouldn't be anywhere
near the level of the Blue Devils. After that, Carey opens Northern 10 Athletic Conference action at
Mohawk – Things have not gone well offensively for the Warriors through eight quarters. After mustering just nine points in Week 1's loss to Tiffin Calvert, Mohawk was shut out by Hopewell-Loudon last week. That's just nine points of offense in 96 minutes of football. The Warriors' quarterbacks are a combined 19-of-47 for 198 yards and four interceptions thus far. On the ground, Mohawk has gained a total of 184 yards with a fumble lost. The Warriors are almost already in a must-win situation when they host Gibsonburg (1-1) on Friday. With the likes of Carey, Colonel Crawford, and Seneca East on the schedule in conference play, Mohawk can't get much further behind the 8-ball if it hopes to make a sixth straight playoff appearance.
Lakota – Things couldn't have gone better for the Raiders in Week 1 in a 21-7 home win over
Monroeville. On the other end, things couldn't have gone much worse for Lakota in a 42-3 road loss to
Colonel Crawford in Week 2. The Raiders have to get back to what they did in Week 1 when they
travel to Northwood this week. Seneca East topped Northwood, 34-30 in Week 1, but Lakota will have
its hands full with a multi-dimensional offense that can run the triple option, but also pull it out and
spread the ball. Grant Bomer is 18-of-27 for 175 yards and three touchdowns at quarterback in two
weeks for the Raiders. Hopefully for Lakota, another long bus ride will end in the Raiders celebrating
on the way back to Kansas (no, not that Kansas! Calm down, Toto!)
For other high school football teams in the area, Manny Mullins had a career-high 157 yards rushing as
Buckeye Central fended off Fremont St. Joseph, 24-21… Seneca East slipped past Fostoria, 18-13 in a
game the Redmen led… clyde played turnover-free football and needed every bit of it to power past
Holy Name, 20-17… Upper Sandusky got its first win of the season when it defeated Mount Gilead, 28-
6… and Bellevue dropped a tough home game to Canfield, 28-12.
Of note, Tiffin and Heidelberg's college teams get underway this week. Tiffin travels to Walsh while
Heidelberg hosts Adrian at 7 p.m. at Hoernemann Stadium, you can catch that matchup right here on heartofohiosports.com. After a long day of volleyball, I'll be in the house as the Student Princes open the 2022 season. Heidelberg topped Adrian, 48-20 to the open the 2021 season and 57-7 to open 2019. Tiffin slipped past Walsh, 21-14 in last season's opener. I'll have more on both of these squads in next week's round-up.
The premier team in the area continues to be Tiffin Calvert. The Senecas have won two Division IV
state championships over the past four seasons with two regional final appearances in the other two
seasons. Calvert could very well be on the path to that again, having opened the season 4-0 thus far,
winning all 12 sets they have played against New Riegel, Danbury, Old Fort, and Gibsonburg. Calvert
faces Fremont St. Joseph tonight at home before its annual trip to the Norwalk Invitational on Saturday.
I'll be there to see the Senecas. Calvert opens the Invite with Wooster and with a win, would face either
Norwalk or Ontario in the semifinals. If the Senecas make the championship match, they could face
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, who topped Calvert in last year's championship. NDCL also knocked
Calvert out in the 2019 Norwalk Invitational.
For the other teams in the area, Mohawk is 4-0 including wins over Edison, Western Reserve, and
Clyde (the Fliers' only loss so far). The Warriors travel to Buckeye Central in a big conference contest
tonight and I'll be in New Washington for that one. Elsewhere in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference,
Carey is 3-0 with a nice win over Seneca East, who is 4-1 on Tuesday night. Seneca East has a four-set
road win at Monroeville under its belt already too.
In the SBC River, Lakota sits at 4-1 overall, Old Fort is 1-4, and New Riegel got its first win of the season against Sandusky St. Mary on Tuesday to sit at 1-5. Columbian is 2-4 right now. The Tornadoes nearly erased a two sets to none deficit on Tuesday at clyde (6-1), but came up just short. Columbian hosts Norwalk tonight before a week off.
As I said last week, there are tons of golf, tennis, soccer, and cross country going on. We're just
entering September, so if cooler temperatures are your thing, now is the best time to get out and see
some of these local teams compete. The Tiffin Carnival is Saturday, Sept. 10 at Hedges-Boyer Park. I
believe it is now considered the second biggest cross country meet in the… country. If you've never
been to the Carnival, take some time out and see the spectacle of the Tiffin Carnival. If watching people
run isn't your thing and you enjoy golf, tennis, or soccer on TV, grab a schedule and watch some local
athletes do it!
Josh Morgret is a sports writer for the Advertiser-Tribune. Pick up a copy of our local newspaper and read his stories as he covers young athletes in the area.