Here we are getting ready for the start of Week 5 already.
Many of us will agree that the regular season of football flies by and you’re not going to hear an argument from me. We are already halfway through it.
Last week was an interesting week for a lot of our teams. We are down to just one undefeated team.
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Tiffin Columbian (3-1): The Tornadoes fell from the ranks of undefeated teams when it traveled to Columbus Bishop Watterson and lost, 33-14. Watterson is by far one of the toughest opponents on Columbian’s schedule, so it is certainly not a bad loss. The Eagles are 4-0 and actually host Chardon – a team Columbian beat 50-49 a few weeks ago – tomorrow night. What stood out to me against Bishop Watterson was Brayden Roggow throwing 57 passes. He completed 33 of them for 271 yards, but had just one touchdown to three interceptions. Twin brother Bryce caught 12 of those passes for 121 yards and the touchdown. Damien Brockington, after over 350 yards and six TDs the week before against River Valley, tallied just 16 carries for 72 yards. For the season, Brayden Roggow has completed 83-of-127 passes for 1,071 yards and nine touchdowns. He has a three-headed monster of receivers with Bryce Roggow having 24 receptions for 276 yards and three scores and Jack Koerper (22-252-1) and Brady Gooding (15-312-5) being viable options. The Tornadoes host Huron (3-1) this week. The Tigers have a close win over St. Paul (31-28), close loss to Genoa (21-20) and wins over Brookside (49-0) and Gabriel Richard out of Michigan (38-31). Quarterback Casey Scroggins leads Huron, having completed 53-of-79 passes for 752 yards and 11 touchdowns. He hasn’t thrown an interception this season. Beau Harkleroad is the top receiver with 20 catches for 389 yards and eight touchdowns.
Tiffin Calvert (4-0): The Senecas kept rolling last week with a 52-13 blasting of Lakota. Calvert was up 26-0 in the first quarter at one point. The Senecas got defensive pick-6 interception touchdowns from Billy Clouse and Xavier Kimmet. Offensively, Harry Shultz completed 9-of-11 passes for 152 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers – Clouse, Jacob Rombach, Carter Wolph, and John Schumacher. On the ground, Cal Warnement added a touchdown on six carries for 48 yards. Calvert is playing pretty good football and could be a favorite in each of their next five games leading up to a Week 10 clash with Hopewell-Loudon. For the season, Shultz has completed 44-of-71 passes for 649 yards and eight touchdowns. Clouse leads the receivers with 17 receptions for 298 yards and three TDs. Warnement and Rombach have combined for 80 carries for 538 yards and seven scores. The Senecas have their only Saturday game of the year this week when Gibsonburg comes to town. More on the Golden Bears later, but Calvert coach Steve Reser was a coach at Gibsonburg from 2010-2017, taking them from an 0-10 record in 2010 to three straight playoff appearances in his final three seasons.
Mohawk (1-3): Mohawk finally got the monkey of its back with the Warriors’ first win of the season, a 56-15 thumping of Buckeye Central. The 56 points Mohawk scored was more than it scored in the first three games combined (31). Ben Bogner is a workhorse for the Warriors, now up to 59-of-108 passing for 754 yards and six touchdowns while running 73 times for 383 yards and four TDs. Kahne Hayman is his top target with 18 catches for 282 yards. Kaleb Bish is not far behind with 13 receptions for 156 yards. Both Hayman and Bish have caught two touchdowns this season. Bishop also has four interceptions for Mohawk’s defense. An interesting Week 5 contest awaits when the Warriors host Wynford. The Royals have just one win – a 22-20 victory over Marion Pleasant who hasn’t lost any other games. Wynford is led by its rushing attack with Kaiden Blair leading the way with 57 attempts for 319 yards and two touchdowns. Anthony Evans has 50 rushes for 353 yards and two TDs while quarterback Ashton Warren adds 27 carries for 107 yards. Through the air, Warren has completed 20-of-51 passes for 296 yards.
Seneca East (2-2): The wildest game from last Friday was in Upper Sandusky as Seneca East won a shootout with the Rams, 46-44. Two great quarterbacks in Seneca East’s Blake Foos and Upper Sandusky’s Kaden Holman were in that game. I would think everyone got their money’s worth in Upper Sandusky last Friday. Foos continues to pace Seneca East offensively, completing 55-of-107 passes for 587 yards and six touchdowns while running 82 times for 573 yards and five more TDs. Nicholas Parks has seen time at quarterback for Seneca East, completing 6-of-10 passes for 40 yards. Taylor Young is the top receiver for the Tigers with 24 receptions for 209 yards and a score. Parks, Luke Hicks, and Laine Dixon have each caught TD passes for Seneca East. The Tigers have their toughest test so far this season ahead when they travel to face undefeated Colonel Crawford. Last season, the Eagles laid a 42-0 beating on Seneca East and I’m sure the Tigers’ seniors and coaches don’t forget that. Colonel Crawford is definitely a run-first team, having compiled 150 rushes for 1,280 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground in four games. Leading the way is Trevor Vogt (37 rushes, 437 yards, 3 TD), Micah Thomas (54-411-7), and Connor McMichael (28-344-5).
Carey (2-2): Don’t look now, but Carey has won back-to-back games, both in pretty dominating fashion. After topping Division VII state semifinalist from last season Lima Central Catholic 28-14 (Carey led 28-0 in the fourth quarter), the Blue Devils pounded Wynford, 34-0. It is definitely not like Carey’s two losses to start the season were bad as Hopewell-Loudon and Galion are both 4-0. The Blue Devils are gaining steam on the ground with 822 yards rushing in four games with 13 touchdowns. Through the air, Alex Putnam and Carter Smiley are a combined 29-of-53 for 430 yards and four interceptions. Carey may have to rely on its rushing game a lot more moving forward. The Blue Devils get one more chance to shake some things out before it hosts Colonel Crawford in two weeks. This week, a trip to Buckeye Central is on the docket. The Bucks’ start is directly opposite of Carey’s – Buckeye Central won its first two games before losing the last two. Buckeye Central outscored its first two opponents, 117-0, but have given up 97 points over the last two weeks. Derex Dean paces the Bucks with 50-of-88 passes for 717 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has plenty of weapons in Heath Jensen (14 receptions, 255 yards, five TDs), Jack Phillips (17-208-2) and Alec Phillips (11-158-4).
Lakota (2-2): The Raiders traveled to Calvert last week having won their previous two games. Typically, games between Lakota and Calvert come down to the final few possessions, but not this time. Calvert pounded Lakota, 52-13. There weren’t a lot of bright spots for the Raiders as quarterback Jalen Wagner completed 13-of-26 passes for 133 yards with two interceptions that were both returned for touchdowns by Calvert’s defense. Lakota tallied just 68 yards rushing on 20 carries. For the season, Wagner is 41-of-72 passes for 466 yards while Micah Williams leads the ground game with 33 rushes for 213 yards. For the receivers, Avery Shilling tops the Raiders with 15 catches for 207 yards and two TDs. Things do not get the slightest bit easier as undefeated Hopewell-Loudon comes to town this week. The Chieftains are outscoring opponents 141-45 this season. H-L quarterback Evan Kreais paces the Chieftains with 66-of-99 passing for 912 yards and 11 touchdowns while Blake Berrier is his top target. Berrier has hauled in 31 passes for 448 yards and six TDs. On the ground, Braylon Martinez is up to 97 rushes for 400 yards and nine touchdowns.
Gibsonburg (1-3): The Golden Bears can hang their hat on one thing from last week’s loss to Hopewell-Loudon – their defense allowed the least amount of points to H-L so far this season. Granted, it was still 26 in a loss to the Chieftains, but things have not been going great in Gibsonburg this season. It seems like the Golden Bears are still trying to figure things out after the graduation of Connor Smith. Grant Smith paces Gibsonburg with 72 carries for 278 yards and three touchdowns. Total, the Golden Bears have run 148 times for 495 yards and five scores. Through the air, Camden Mooney is just 7-of-12 passing for 76 yards. Gibsonburg will need a big performance this week when it travels to Frost-Kalnow Stadium on Saturday to take on undefeated and state-ranked Calvert. I’ll be there for that one.
Here's a look at the first official AP state rankings after week 4: