No. 2 Ottawa-Glandorf vs. No. 3 Indian Lake
WHEN & WHERE: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wapakoneta.
DIVISION / REGION: Division IV, Region 14.
RECORDS: Ottawa-Glandorf 10-1, Indian Lake 11-0.
COACHES: Ottawa-Glandorf — Ken Schriner (21st year, 159-76); Indian Lake — Dave Coburn (20th year, 105-97).
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Ottawa-Glandorf 13th; Indian Lake 2nd.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Ottawa-Glandorf 13-12; Indian Lake 0-1.
NEXT OPPONENT: No. 1 Port Clinton (10-1) or No. 5 Bishop Hartley (8-2).
LAST WEEK: After struggling to find its footing in the first half last Friday, Ottawa-Glandorf outscored Bellevue 35-14 in the second half en route to a 49-34 victory over the Redmen. Quarterback Jay Kaufman passed for 205 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Titans racked up 428 yards of total offense and did not turn the ball over. The defense, meanwhile, forced two Bellevue turnovers. … Indian Lake won its first postseason game in program history with a 34-7 victory over Caledonia River Valley. Quarterback Alex Jacobs passed for 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and ran for 166 yards and a TD. Running back Andrew Hulbert had a touchdown and 44 rushing yards. The Lakers held a strong River Valley rushing attack to 80 yards below its season average.
NOTES: These teams played last year at Indian Lake in a regional quarterfinal; the game marked Indian Lake’s first playoff appearance. Ottawa-Glandorf won 23-15 after the Titans forced a turnover on downs on a late Lakers’ drive. Jacobs passed for 194 yards and two touchdowns for Indian Lake, and O-G’s Zac Unterbrink had 270 passing yards and two TD passes. … Indian Lake coach Dave Coburn is a Fostoria native and Fostoria High graduate. … Indian Lake won the Mad River Division of the Central Buckeye Conference, defeating Benjamin Logan 35-16 in Week 10 in a matchup of 9-0 teams. … Jacobs is 110 of 170 passing for 1,667 yards, 25 touchdowns and just one interception. He has run for 1,284 yards and 18 touchdowns, while running back Andrew Hulbert had 942 yards and 18 touchdowns. Collin Coburn leads the Lakers with 598 yards on 39 receptions and 11 touchdowns. … O-G’s Kaufman has completed 118 of 210 passes for 2,046 yards, 22 TDs and five interceptions. He has 840 rushing yards and 15 TDs on the ground. Connor Niese has 761 rush yards and six TDs. Richie Knowlton leads the Titans with 46 receptions for 936 yards and seven touchdowns.
WHAT TO WATCH: Which Ottawa-Glandorf defense will show up, the one that allowed 255 offensive yards by Bellevue in the first half last week or the one that held the Redmen to 121 in the second half? The Titans will get a test from an Indian Lake team that has scored 497 points this season, and Jacobs presents a challenge with his dual-threat capabilities. O-G will answer with a defense that allowed 14 points or fewer in eight games this year. On the flip side, the Titans have scored in the 40s six times and will need to convert possession against an Indian Lake defense that allowed more than 16 points just once.
No. 1 Patrick Henry vs. No. 4 Liberty Center
WHEN & WHERE: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Napoleon
DIVISION / REGION: Division VI, Region 22
RECORDS: Patrick Henry 11-0, Liberty Center 9-2
COACHES: Patrick Henry — Bill Inselmann (24th year, 211-64); Liberty Center — Rex Lingruen (32nd year, 253-103)
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Patrick Henry 16th, Liberty Center 17th.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Patrick Henry 25-14, Liberty Center 25-15
NEXT OPPONENT: No. 2 Wynford (11-0) or No. 3 Ayersville (11-0)
LAST WEEK: Patrick Henry dominated Tinora on both sides of the ball in defeating the Rams 39-0. Tailback Donny Johnson ran for three scores and passed the 2,000-yard mark on the season. Among his runs was an 80-yard score as he had 146 yards on 21 carries. Quarterback Mitchell Bonner threw for 84 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score. PH held Tinora to 72 offensive yards and held the Rams to less than 2 yards per rushing attempt. … Liberty Center got early touchdown runs of 18 and 3 yards from Zack Carptenter and defeated Colonel Crawford 28-20. Carpenter finished with four TD runs and 150 yards on the ground.
NOTES: This will be the sixth time the bitter Northwest Ohio Athletic League rivals have hooked up in the playoffs. Patrick Henry leads the playoff matchups 3-2 and has won the past three games. The last time the Patriots and Tigers played in the playoffs was 2011, a 21-7 Patrick Henry win in a regional semifinal at Perrysburg. … Johnson has 2,022 rushing yards with 32 touchdowns this season. Kent Petersen has run for 474 yards and Bonner 336. Bonner is 65 of 124 passing for 1,248 yards, 12 TDs and four interceptions. J.J. Rettig (19 receptions, 375 yards, 5 TDs) and Alex VanDeBussche (20, 333, 1) are Patrick Henry’s leading receivers. … Liberty Center’s Carpenter was first-team all-Northwest Ohio last year and special mention all-Ohio. The Tigers returned four starting offensive linemen in their Wing-T set and 17 of 22 starters on both sides of the ball. Carpenter has 1,790 rushing yards and 22 TDs this season. Christian Chambers has run for 717 yards and six TDs, and North West had 495 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Jarret Krugh is 48 of 106 for 728 yards, five TDs and one interception. Chambers has 20 receptions for 358 yards.
WHAT TO WATCH: Liberty Center head coach Lingruen announced his retirement at the beginning of the season. Only Eastwood’s Jerry Rutherford, with 35 years at the helm, has been around longer in northwestern Ohio. Seasons may have come and gone with Lingruen, but one philosophy has been a constant: the Tigers will line up and hit on every single down. Liberty Center’s Wing-T isn’t as fancy as it is brutally effective with sheer force designed to wear down defenses. With both teams’ defenses effective against the run, yards may be hard to come by.
No. 1 McComb vs. No. 4 Hicksville
WHEN & WHERE: 7 p.m. Saturday at Defiance
DIVISION / REGION: Division VII, Region 26
RECORDS: McComb 10-1, Hicksville 8-3
COACHES: McComb — Kris Alge (19th year, 171-62); Hicksville — Lucas Smith (9th year, 66-33)
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: McComb 20th, Hicksville 7th
PLAYOFF RECORD: McComb 22-18, Hicksville 8-6
NEXT OPPONENT: No. 2 Arlington (8-3) or No. 6 Convoy Crestview (8-3)
LAST WEEK: McComb jumped all over first-time playoff participant Danbury, building a 42-0 halftime lead before winning 56-8. Malachi Abbott completed 16 of 20 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns, and ran eight times for 75 yards and two scores. McComb had 536 offensive yards and held Danbury to 154. … Hicksville scored 26 unanswered points to rally from a 16-7 deficit and defeat Leipsic 33-16. Jake Greer completed 6 of 16 passes, but had 163 yards and two touchdowns. Greer ran 18 times for 139 yards, and Mason Commisso ran for 23- and 7-yard touchdowns.
NOTES: McComb has never beaten Hicksville in the postseason. The Aces won a 2013 Division VII regional quarterfinal matchup 28-21, and defeated the Panthers 30-20 in a 2004 Division VI regional final. … Abbott is 93 for 161 passing for 1,735 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has rushed 85 times for 676 yards and eight TDs. Jake Crouse leads the Panthers with 793 yards on 129 rushing attempts and has 17 TDs. Tanner Schroeder has 21 receptions for 485 yards and five touchdowns. … Greer is 121 of 237 passing for 1,946 yards and 23 TDs. He leads with Aces with 188 carries for 812 yards and has seven rushing TDs. Commisso has 87 carries for 636 yards nad six touchdowns. Payton Tunis has 49 receptions for 729 yards and nine touchdowns, while Parker Thiel has 30 catches for 528 yards and four TDs.
WHAT TO WATCH: Hicksville is no slouch; the Aces’ losses were to Division V Archbold, Division VI Ayersville (11-0) and Convoy Crestview, which plays Arlington in another Region 26 semifinal Saturday. Hicksville beat Division VI playoff team Tinora in the regular season and was second to Ayersville in the Green Meadows Conference with a 6-1 league mark. Hicksville has scored 27 points or more seven times this year, so this could be a shootout as McComb’s offense has averaged nearly 44 points and 418 offensive yards per game. The Aces must capitalize offensively as McComb’s defense is allowing opponents an average of 69 rushing yards.
No. 2 Arlington vs. No. 6 Convoy Crestview
WHEN & WHERE: 7 p.m. Saturday at Lima Senior.
DIVISION / REGION: Division VII, Region 26.
RECORDS: Arlington 8-3; Convoy Crestview 8-3.
COACHES: Arlington — Josh McGrain (2nd year, 13-9); Convoy Crestview — Jared Owens (6th year, 39-26).
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Arlington 8th; Convoy Crestview 5th.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Arlington 7-7; Convoy Crestview 2-4.
NEXT OPPONENT: No. 1 McComb (10-1) or No. 4 Hicksville (8-3).
LAST WEEK: Arlington built a 21-6 lead, then used some key defensive stops and a clock-eating late drive to hold off Lucas 21-19. The third-best rushing team in the Blanchard Valley Conference this season (200.2 ypg), Arlington instead needed a big passing night by senior quarterback Matt Crawford to outlast Lucas. Crawford completed 16 of 24 passes for 200 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown strike to 6-foot-5, 243-pound end Logan Speyer and a clutch 12-yard, third-down completion to Ivan Berry to keep a drive going late in the game. Crawford also rushed for a TD.
Crestview rolled over Tiffin Calvert 54-20 in its Region 26 quarterfinal behind the play of sophomore quarterback Drew Kline. Kline, who beat out Ada’s Seth Conley (3,017 yards passing, 31 TDs) for first-team honors in the all-Northwest Conference selections, scored on 78-, 14-, 66- and 17-yard runs against Calvert and threw an 80-yard touchdown pass as the Knights jumped to a 34-0 lead. Kline finished the game with 226 yards rushing and 190 through the air on 7-of-8 passing.
NOTES: Arlington and Crestview share one common opponent in Ada. Arlington beat the Bulldogs 20-7 in a Week 2 game at War Memorial Stadium. Crestview lost a 27-26 decision to Ada in a NWC matchup on the same field four weeks later. … Crestview reached the Division VI playoffs following 8-2 seasons in 2013 and 2014. After dropping to Division VII in 2015, the Knights appeared to sneak into the Region 26 playoffs with just a 4-6 record, but they nearly knocked off McComb (27-26) in a first-round playoff game. It was McComb’s toughest test of the playoffs before falling to eventual D-VII champion Fort Recovery in the state semifinals. … In addition to its one-point loss to Ada, Crestview’s other setbacks were by three points to 8-3 Spencerville (44-41) and by eight points to 10-1 NWC champion Delphos Jefferson (20-12). One of Crestview’s eight wins is a 34-21 victory over Hicksville, a team that finished fourth in the Region 26 rankings, beat Leipsic 33-16 in Saturday’s quarterfinals and faces McComb in the other Region 26 semifinal. … Crestview’s offense, which averaged a NWC-best 33.2 points a game, will be tested by an Arlington defense that allowed an average of 211.1 yards and 16 points, both second-best in the Blanchard Valley Conference. Spearheading that defense is Speyer, the BVC Defensive Lineman of the Year who had 24 tackles for losses among his 86 total stops.
WHAT TO WATCH: Offensive balance has been crucial for both teams. Running backs Gage Beck (751 yards, 2 TDs) and Devin Plunkett (530 yards, 8 TDs) and receivers Caleb Price (31 receptions, 522 yards, 5 TDs) and Speyer will shoulder key roles for Arlington. Crawford, like Kline, is a dual threat as well with 1,045 yards, passing, 507 rushing and 13 total touchdowns. … Crestview has a good stable of running backs this year with Luke Geradot, Trevor Gibson and Peyton Knittle all generating between 350 and 500 rushing yards. Kline has thrown for more than 1,450 yards, rushed for almost 1,400 and accounted for 41 total touchdowns.