PANDORA — In Pandora Friday night, it was all about perfection.
Jared Breece was 12 of 26 passing for 237 yards and five touchdowns as Pandora-Gilboa finished off its first Blanchard Valley Conference championship season since 1999 and its first unbeaten campaign since 1961 as the Rockets cruised to a 61-13 BVC win over Riverdale to close out a 10-0 campaign.
Pandora-Gilboa (10-0, 8-0 BVC) will now await its playoff opponent one week from today. The OHSAA will release the official first-round pairings on Sunday.
Breece connected with Travis Maag, who had a record-setting night, for three touchdowns. covering 40, 2 and 4 yards in the first half.
Breece’s other two scoring passes, which upped his single-season school record to 30, went to Riley Larcom for 25 and 34 yards.
Maag, meanwhile, broke the school’s career (20) and single-season (13) touchdown reception record. He also recorded his 17th sack of the season and 28th of his career, both school records.
Sam Burkholder added runs of 12, 13 and 85 yards for touchdowns as he ended up with 171 yards rushing on 15 carries for the night.
Alec Loveridge threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Gage Murphy and caught a 25-yard scoring strike from Max Morris to lead Riverdale (5-5, 4-4).
Riverdale 7 0 0 6 — 13
Pandora-Gilboa 23 31 7 0 — 61
P-G — Larcom 25 pass from Breece (kick failed)
P-G — Burkholder 85 run (Steiner kick)
RIV — Murphy 72 pass from Loveridge (Loveridge kick)
P-G — Maag 40 pass from Breece (Steiner kick)
P-G — FG Steiner 19
P-G — Maag 2 pass from Breece (Steiner kick)
P-G — Larcom 34 pass from Breece (Steiner kick)
P-G — Burkholder 13 run (Steiner kick)
P-G — FG Steiner 34
P-G — Burkholder 12 run (Steiner kick)
P-G — Loveridge 25 pass from Morris (kick failed)
McCOMB — McComb posted its 598th victory in its 1,000th gridiron clash Friday night, getting three touchdowns from Keaghan Loe in a 43-19 Blanchard Valley Conference victory over Liberty-Benton.
Like they have done so often in the modern era of football, the Panthers will advance to next weekend’s postseason with a 9-1 overall record and a 7-1 slate in the BVC, one game behind league champion and unbeaten Pandora-Gilboa.
Liberty-Benton finishes 4-6, 4-4.
Tanner Schroeder, who caught five passes for 136 yards, hauled in a 29-yard aerial from Tyler Durfey to begin McComb’s romp.
Loe then went 2, 14 and 53 yards for his three scores. For good measure, the 5-foot-8, 185-pound senior, tackled Liberty-Benton quarterback Ben Spiess in the end zone for a safety in the second quarter.
Schroeder also went 58 yards for a score and Durfey hooked up with Robert O’Dell on a 27-yard scoring strike.
Spiess threw TD passes of 65 yards to Nathaniel DiRe and 38 yards to Dylan Schimmoeller.
McComb, which is now 598-356-46 in 95 seasons of football, got 73 yards rushing from Schroeder and Loe logged 72 yards on 10 carries. Durfey was 7 of 7 passing for 190 yards.
Spiess was 14 of 25 passing for 196 yards with Schimmoeller netting 40 yards rushing on four carries.
Liberty- Benton 0 6 7 6 — 19
Mcomb 20 16 7 0 — 43
McC — T. Schroeder 29 pass from Durfey (T. Schroeder kick)
McC — Loe 2 run (kick failed)
McC — Loe 14 run (T. Schroeder kick)
L-B — DiRe 65 pass from Spiess (run failed)
McC — Safey
McC — T. Schroeder 58 run (T. Schroeder kick)
McC — O’Dell 27 pass from Durfey (Schroeder kick)
McC — Loe 53 run (T. Schroeder kick)
L-B — Schimmoeller 38 pass from Spiess (Dillon kick)
L-B — DiRe 11 run (kick failed)
RAWSON — Sam Stickley scored four touchdowns while running for 145 yards on 21 carries as Hopewell-Loudon rolled over Cory-Rawson 45-19 on Friday night in a Blanchard Valley Conference season finale.
Stickley scored on runs of 3, 9, 11 and 42 yards as the Chieftains concluded their last season in the BVC with records of 4-6 overall and 3-5 in conference play. H-L will move into the Sandusky Bay Conference River Division next year.
Ashton Bour ran 4 yards for a touchdown and threw a 37-yard scoring pass to Travis Milligan for the Chieftains. Luke Jameson completed 5 of 11 passes for 176 yards and Brock Williams caught six passes for 107 yards.
Junior Tommy Stauffer reached the end zone twice for the Hornets (3-7, 3-5 BVC) while piling up 233 yards on 26 carries and setting a school single-season record for rushing with 1,513 yards. Cody Conaway formerly held the record of 1,224 yards.
Stauffer’s scoring runs came from 4 and 22 yards away. Deontae Davis added a 60-yard touchdown run for C-R.
Hopewell-Loudon 13 16 16 0 — 45
Cory-Rawson 0 6 7 6 — 19
H-L — Bour 4 run (kick blocked)
H-L — Stickley 42 run (Nelson kick)
C-R — Stauffer 4 run (kick failed)
H-L — Stickley 9 run (Williams pass from Bour)
H-L — Stickley 3 run (Miliigan pass from Bour)
H-L — Stickley 11 run (Bour run)
C-R — Davis 60 run (Schultz kick)
H-L “” Milligan 37 pass from Bour (Bour run)
C-R — Stauffer 22 run (pass failed)
VAN BUREN 73
NORTH BALTIMORE 14
VAN BUREN — Brady Rader threw six touchdowns and caught another Friday night to ignite a 73-14 season-ending Van Buren victory over North Baltimore in Blanchard Valley Conference football.
The win means the Black Knights finish 5-5 on the season and 4-4 in the BVC. North Baltimore falles to 1-9, 1-7.
Rader was 10 of 15 passing for 210 yards, including touchdown passes of 45 and 64 yards to Tyler Lambert, 26 yards to Jacob Risner, 42 yards to Kyle Hoying, 25 yards to Gannon Bahn and 8 yards to Bryce Smith.
Lambert also threw a 10-yard scoring strike to Rader, Smith ran 9 and 7 yards for TDs, Riley Simons scored on a 5-yard run and Thomas Piccirillo booted a 44-yard field goal.
Smith finished with 117 yards rushing on nine carries.
Levi Gazarek led North Baltimore’s offensive production by hitting 7 of 19 passes for 119 yards. Clayton Heineman had five catches for 119 yards and the junior running back also recorded 189 return yards on the night.
North Baltimore 0 14 0 0 — 14
Van Buren 24 28 14 7 — 73