Regional Quarterfinal Football Capsules
NO. 8 CAREY VS. NO. 1 COLLINS WESTERN RESERVE
WHERE & WHEN: Western Reserve, Friday, 7 p.m.
DIVISION / REGION: Division VI, Region 22.
RECORDS: Carey 5-5, Western Reserve 9-1.
COACHES: Carey — Jonathan Mershman (3rd year, 20-13); Western Reserve — Ty Stevenson (2nd year, 11-9).
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Carey 13th; Western Reserve 4th.
LAST APPEARANCE: Carey 2018; Western Reserve 2012.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Carey 8-11; Western Reserve 1-3.
NEXT OPPONENT: (4) Galion Northmor (9-1) or (5) Jeromesville Hillsdale (7-3).
NOTES: Collins Western Reserve was a state semifinalist in 1984 and hasn’t won a playoff game since. … The Roughriders have enjoyed a massive turnaround in Stevenson’s second season. Western Reserve was 2-8 last year before this year’s Firelands Conference championship season. The Riders defeated longtime power Norwalk St. Paul — the Flyers are seeded second in Division VII, Region 26 — 41-35 in overtime in Week 8 en route to the league crown. Key league victories also came against Plymouth (24-22 in Week 5) and Ashland Crestview (54-42 in Week 9). … Western Reserve went 5-1 this season against teams with winning records and 2-1 against teams that qualified for the playoffs. … Ashland Crestview is a common opponent for both squads. In a rainy, weather-delayed Week 3 game on Sept. 3, Carey lost 3-0 to Crestview. … Sophomore Jude Muenz is 101 of 161 passing for 1,344 yards and 10 touchdowns. Senior tailback Cody Benesh has had a monster year with 2,094 yards on 286 carries (7.3 yards per carry) and 29 TDs. J.J. Weisenberger leads the Riders with 38 receptions for 539 yards and three TDs. Linebacker Tyler Ramage has a team-high 61 tackles, with defensive lineman Dalton Webb (55 tackles) and defensive back Adam Lewis (51) right behind.
Carey won four of its last five games to secure a playoff spot. The biggest victory was a 26-20 win over Seneca East — the No. 2 seed in Region 22 — in overtime in Week 7. … The Blue Devils were 2-4 against teams with winning records and 2-3 against teams reaching the playoffs. … Carey is in the playoffs for the second straight year and the 10th time in the 2000s. … Ethan Beringer is 89 of 174 passing for 1,100 yards, five TDs and six interceptions. Beringer also leads the Blue Devils with 523 rushing yards (4.9 yards per carry). Four other Blue Devils have rushed for at least 230 yards, with Reece Billock running for six touchdowns and Connor Williams for five. Cade Crawford leads Carey with 36 receptions for 410 yards and four TDs. Williams has 120 tackles, including 281/2 tackles for loss. Defensive back Bryce Conti has eight interceptions.
NO. 6 OTTAWA-GLANDORF VS. NO. 3 GALION
WHERE & WHEN: Galion, Saturday, 7 p.m.
DIVISION / REGION: Division IV, Region 14.
RECORDS: Ottawa-Glandorf 7-3, Galion 8-2.
COACHES: Ottawa-Glandorf — Ken Schriner (24th year, 175-92); Galion — Matt Dick (4th, 21-22).
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Ottawa-Glandorf 14th; Galion 9th.
LAST APPEARANCE: Ottawa-Glandorf 2016; Galion 2015.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Ottawa-Glandorf 14-13; Galion 4-7.
NEXT OPPONENT: (2) Wauseon (8-2) or (7) Bellevue (6-4).
NOTES: Both teams missed the playoffs the past few years, although Ottawa-Glandorf is making its sixth postseason appearance this decade and Galion its fifth … Ottawa-Glandorf lost 14-9 to Kenton in Week 9 and 7-6 to Wapakoneta in Week 10, while Galion dropped its Week 10 game 54-44 to Marion Pleasant. … Galion went 2-2 this year against teams with winning records and 2-1 against teams that qualified for this year’s playoffs. Ottawa-Glandorf was 2-3 against teams with winning records and 1-3 against playoff teams. … Galion coach Dick was 2-8 in his first year at the helm in 2016 and has increased his win total every season with the Tigers; he was 5-5 in 2017 and 6-4 last year. … Full-season Galion statistics were not available, but through nine games, Tigers quarterback Wilson Frankhouse was 154 of 218 passing (70.6 percent) for 2,113 yards, 25 touchdowns and four interceptions. Receiver Isaiah Alsip had 74 catches for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Hanif Donaldson had 36 receptions for 461 yards and five TDs. Brayden Eckels had a team-best 86 tackles, and Colton Yost and John Abouhassen each had eight sacks. … Ottawa-Glandorf quarterback Jacob Balbaugh is 118 of 185 for 1,623 yards, 16 TDs and five interceptions. Running back Clay Recker had 652 yards on 109 carries (6.0 yards per carry) and six TDs. Brennan Blevins has 589 yards on 28 receptions with six touchdowns, and Jarrod Beach adds 33 catches for 480 yards and five scores. Logan Miller leads the Titans with 811/2 tackles (58 solo). Logan Schmitz has seven tackles for loss, and Schmitz and Aaron Rieman each have three sacks. Kicker Ethan Alt has eight field goals in nine attempts.
NO. 5 LIBERTY-BENTON VS. NO. 4 EASTWOOD
WHERE & WHEN: Eastwood, Saturday, 7 p.m.
DIVISION / REGION: Division V, Region 18.
RECORDS: Liberty-Benton 9-1, Eastwood 10-0.
COACHES: Liberty-Benton — Tim Nichols (13th year, 119-32); Eastwood — Craig Rutherford (3rd year, 30-5).
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Liberty-Benton 12th; Eastwood 12th.
LAST APPEARANCE: Liberty-Benton 2017; Eastwood 2017.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Liberty-Benton 20-11; Eastwood 11-11.
NEXT OPPONENT: (1) Oak Harbor (10-0) or (8) Beachwood (8-2).
NOTES: Both teams return to the postseason after missing out in 2018. In 2017, Eastwood went to the Division V state championship game and lost 21-14 in overtime to Wheelersburg, while Liberty-Benton advanced to the Division VI semifinals and fell 31-13 to Marion Local. … Eastwood went 4-0 this season against teams with winning records and 1-0 against teams making the playoffs. … Liberty-Benton was 5-1 against teams with winning records and 3-1 against playoff teams. … Eastwood averaged 332 yards per game on the ground this season and averaged 7.2 yards on 459 attempts. Justin Pickerel has 1,575 yards on 179 carries (8.8 yards per carry) with 19 touchdowns. Jaden Rayford has 131 carries for 1,186 yards (9.1 per carry) and 16 TDs. Quarterback Jared McNulty only threw the ball 63 times this year, but had 40 completions for 781 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensive back Griffin Cofield has six interceptions. … Liberty-Benton quarterback Michael Erdeljac is 135 of 202 passing for 2,074 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. Marshall Rose has rushed 108 times for 732 yards (6.8 per carry) and 14 TDs. Marcellus Eckford leads a balanced receiving corps with 34 catches, 695 yards and six touchdowns. Eckford also has three interceptions, and Dylan Schimmoeller has a team-best 69 tackles. Steven Kintner has 18 tackles for loss.
NO. 1 LEIPSIC VS. NO. 8 MOHAWK
WHERE & WHEN: Leipsic, Saturday, 7 p.m.
DIVISION / REGION: Division VII, Region 26.
RECORDS: Leipsic 9-1, Mohawk 6-4.
COACHES: Leipsic — Joe Kirkendall (4th year, 33-11; 104-48 overall); Mohawk — Eric Daniel (1st year, 6-4).
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Leipsic 12th; Mohawk 13th.
LAST APPEARANCE: Leipsic 2018; Mohawk 2018.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Leipsic 6-11; Mohawk 5-12.
NEXT OPPONENT: (4) McComb (8-2) or (5) Edgerton (8-2).
NOTES: These two teams met in last year’s Region 26 quarterfinals, when Mohawk entered as the No. 1 seed. Leipsic snapped a 14-14 halftime tie with a huge second half and won 40-14. … This is Mohawk’s third consecutive postseason appearance. The Warriors started the season 2-3 and won four of their last five games to grab the final spot in Region 26. … Mohawk went 0-3 against teams with winning records this year, and 0-2 against playoff teams. … Running back Jesse Leeth spearheads the Warriors attack. He ran for 744 yards on 137 carries (5.4 per carry) and 11 TDs, and has 13 receptions for 169 yards. Quarterback Landon Snyder is 51 of 102 for 560 yards, five TDs and seven interceptions. Tyler Hayman leads Mohawk with 25 receptions for 255 yards and five touchdowns. Bryce Sheets has a team-best 64 tackles, with Leeth right behind at 63. Mason Danner has 17 tackles for loss, and Kaleb Leeth has four sacks. … Leipsic is 3-1 against teams with winning records, and 2-1 against playoff teams. … Leipsic’s Cole Williamson has 829 rushing yards on 133 carries (6.2 per carry) with 13 TDs, while Juan Pena adds 688 yards on 114 carries (6.0 per carry) and 12 touchdowns. Pena has 120 points with a field goal and 45 extra point kicks. QB Drew Liffick is 59 of 107 for 1,053 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Pena leads the Vikings with 86 tackles, including 31 tackles for loss.
NO. 3 PATRICK HENRY VS. NO. 6 ARLINGTON
WHERE & WHEN: Patrick Henry, Saturday, 7 p.m.
DIVISION / REGION: Division VII, Region 26.
RECORDS: Patrick Henry 7-3, Arlington 7-3.
COACHES: Patrick Henry — Bill Inselmann (27th year, 229-80); Arlington — Josh McGrain (5th year, 32-21).
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Patrick Henry 18th; Arlington 9th.
LAST APPEARANCE: Patrick Henry 2018; Arlington 2016.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Patrick Henry 27-16; Arlington 7-8.
NEXT OPPONENT: (2) Norwalk St. Paul (8-2) or (7) Edon (7-3).
NOTES: Both teams are making their sixth playoff appearance in the 2010s. Of the football teams in The Courier’s coverage area, only McComb has more postseason appearances (23) and playoff wins (30) than Patrick Henry. … Both the Patriots and Red Devils went 1-3 against teams with winning records and 0-3 against playoff teams. … Patrick Henry quarterback T.J. Rhamy has rushed 186 times for 1,127 yards (6.1 per carry) and 13 touchdowns, and completed 61 of 119 passes for 1,289 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Running back Wil Morrow has 821 yards on 125 carries (6.6 per carry) and 10 touchdowns. Kolton Holloway has 30 receptions for 824 yards and nine touchdowns. Noah Kistner lead the Patriots with 71 tackles. Rhamy, a rare combination of quarterback/nose tackle, had 65 tackles. Rhamy and Kistner each had five sacks, and Rhamy has eight tackles for loss. … Arlington, in its old-fashioned Wishbone attack, led the Blanchard Valley Conference with 2,625 rushing yards. Connor Foust leads the Red Devils with 959 yards on 81 carries (11.8 per carry) with 15 TDs; Noah Thibaut has 845 yards on 115 carries (7.3 per carry) with 10 TDs; and Bryce Gast and Carter Essinger have combined for 12 TDs and more than 600 rushing yards. Quarterback Jaret Vermillion has 590 passing yards and five TDs. Caden Lafferty leads Arlington with 100 tackles, with Tyson Speyer adding 81 tackles including 31 tackles for loss.
NO. 4 MCCOMB VS. NO. 5 EDGERTON
WHERE & WHEN: McComb, Saturday, 7 p.m.
DIVISION / REGION: Division VII, Region 26.
RECORDS: McComb 8-2, Edgerton 8-2.
COACHES: McComb — Kris Alge (22nd year, 204-59); Edgerton — Ben Wilhelm (9th year, 56-38).
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: McComb 23rd; Edgerton 7th.
LAST APPEARANCE: McComb 2018; Edgerton 2018.
PLAYOFF RECORD: McComb 30-20; Edgerton 2-6.
NEXT OPPONENT: (1) Leipsic (9-1) or (8) Mohawk (6-4).
NOTES: McComb begins the defense of its Division VII state championship against the Bulldogs, the team the Panthers beat to win Region 26 last year. The Bulldogs were 2-2 against winning teams this season, and 1-1 against playoff teams. McComb was also 2-2 against teams with winning records, and 1-2 against playoff qualifiers. … Running back Hunter Prince is back to lead Edgerton’s run-heavy offensive attack. After rushing for more than 2,200 yards last season, Prince has 1,666 yards on 210 carries (7.9 per carry) with 24 TDs this year. He’s joined by Craig Blue, who has 446 yards on 65 carries (6.9 per carry). Quarterback Jaron Cape is 50 for 80 for 704 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Tight end Logan Showalter (30 receptions, 440 yards, eight TDs) is his main target. … McComb led the Blanchard Valley Conference with an average of 419.8 offensive yards per game. Quarterback Aaron Davis was a true double threat, passing for 1,647 yards and rushing for 1,068. Davis averages 8.0 yards per carry and had 12 rushing touchdowns, and is 87 for 142 passing with 17 TDs and four interceptions. Jacob Dillon has 14 rushing touchdowns and 423 yards on 77 carries (5.4 per carry). Ka’Von Bailey has 27 receptions for 576 yards and six TDs, while Jared Dillon has 27 catches for 517 yards and eight scores. Kyle Wasson leads the defense with 89 tackles, including 28 tackles for loss. Jacob Dillon has 67 tackles.
NO. 6 HARDIN NORTHERN VS. NO. 3 FORT LORAMIE
WHERE & WHEN: Fort Loramie, Saturday, 7 p.m.
DIVISION / REGION: Division VII, Region 28.
RECORDS: Hardin Northern 8-2, Fort Loramie 9-1.
COACHES: Hardin Northern — Travis Rettig (1st year, 8-2); Fort Loramie — Spencer Wells (2nd year, 21-3).
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Hardin Northern 13th; Fort Loramie 10th.
LAST APPEARANCE: Hardin Northern 2006; Fort Loramie 2018.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Hardin Northern 20-11; Fort Loramie 6-9.
NEXT OPPONENT: (2) Marion Local (8-2) or (7) Mississinawa Valley (7-3).
NOTES: It’s been a long road back for Hardin Northern, a four-time regional champion and state champion in 2004 before having to play a junior varsity schedule as recently as 2013. The Polar Bears had a must-win game in Week 10 and got it done, beating Waynesfield-Goshen 21-14. … Fort Loramie is 3-1 against teams with winning records and 2-1 against playoff teams. Hardin Northern is 1-2 against teams with winning records and 0-1 against playoff teams. … Fort Loramie quarterback Collin Moore is 82 of 134 passing for 1,183 yards and 13 touchdowns with seven interceptions. Running back Max Hoying has 481 yards on 55 carries (8.7 per carry) and 12 touchdowns. Nate Meyer has 37 carries for 403 yards (10.9 per carry) and six TDs. Moore’s main targets are Nick Brandewie (21 catches, 458 yards, seven TDs) and Mark Seger (21 catches, 361 yards, five TDs). Hoying leads the defense with 521/2 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss. … Owen Wetherill leads Hardin Northern with 1,139 rushing yards on 156 carries (7.3 per carry) and 18 touchdowns. Quarterback Nevin Robson in 74 of 123 for 1,296 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Wetherill leads the Polar Bears in receptions with 26 for 364 yards, while Frank McCoy leads in reception yardage with 545 on 25 receptions (21.8 per catch). McCoy has nine receiving touchdowns. Zac Warmbrod has 130 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and 31/2 sacks. Daylin Pees has a team-best 41/2 sacks.