Regional Football Capsules
NO. 8 CAREY VS. NO. 5 JEROMESVILLE HILLSDALE
WHERE & WHEN: Willard, Friday, 7 p.m.
DIVISION / REGION: Division VI, Region 22.
RECORDS: Carey 6-5, Jeromesville Hillsdale 8-3.
COACHES: Carey — Jonathan Mershman (3rd year, 21-13); Jeromesville Hillsdale — Trevor Cline (2nd year, 17-6).
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Carey 13th; Jeromesville Hillsdale 8th.
LAST APPEARANCE: Carey 2018; Jeromesville Hillsdale 2018.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Carey 9-11; Jeromesville Hillsdale 7-7.
NEXT OPPONENT: (2) Seneca East (10-1) or (3) Howard East Knox (11-0).
WEEK 11 RECAP: Both teams won in thrillers in the regional quarterfinals. Carey coughed up four fourth-quarter touchdowns to Collins Western Reserve, flipping a 35-21 lead to a 41-35 deficit, before rallying late with a 5-yard Reese Billock touchdown run in the final minute. Carey added a defensive TD as Western Reserve tried a trick play in the final seconds and won 50-41. Billock had 15 carries for 142 yards and three touchdowns, and quarterback Ethan Beringer was 14 of 19 for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Hillsdale, meanwhile, was down 21-10 after three quarters against Galion Northmor and scored twice in the fourth quarter to win 25-21. Ethan Goodwin put the Falcons back in the fight with a 73-yard TD run, and Briar Funk got the game-winner on a 4-yard run with just more than three minutes left. Hillsdale rushed for 285 yards in the game.
NOTES: Cline is a Hillsdale graduate and a former starting quarterback for the Falcons. That said, he’s not shy about running the ball: Four Falcons have 250 or more rushing yards this season. Ty Williams has 529 yards on 115 carries (4.6 per carry) with 10 touchdowns; Funk has 483 yards on 102 carries (4.7 per carry) with four TDs; Brandon Reardon has 432 yards and three TDs on 76 carries (5.7 per carry); and Goodwin has rushed 31 times for 250 yards (8.1 per carry) and two TDs. Quarterback Caden Mutchler is 68 of 113 for 988 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions. Colt Bishop has 20 receptions for 501 yards and six TDs. Williams, at linebacker, has 128 tackles, including 12 for loss. Funk, also a linebacker, has 96 tackles. Defensive end Evan Jones has four fumble recoveries, 11 tackles for loss and a team-best five sacks, while linebacker Cole Sinnett has five interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Carey, like Hillsdale, diversifies its running game with five Blue Devils picking up at least 239 rushing yards. Beringer leads the way with 589 yards on 122 carries (4.8 per carry); Billock has 410 yards (5.1 per carry) and a team-best nine rushing TDs; Derek Lonsway (21 carries, 239 yards) averages 11.4 yards per carry. Beringer is 106 of 196 passing for 1,333 yards, seven TDs and six interceptions. Cade Crawford has 40 receptions for 497 yards and five scores. Connor Williams has 130 tackles, including 30 tackles for loss. Bryce Conti has eight interceptions.
EXTRA POINT: Justin Ziegler gives Hillsdale a legitimate threat in the kicking game. He is 7 or 7 in field goals this year and has added 27 of 30 extra-point kicks.
NO. 6 OTTAWA-GLANDORF VS. NO. 2 WAUSEON
WHERE & WHEN: Defiance, Saturday, 7 p.m.
DIVISION / REGION: Division IV, Region 14.
RECORDS: Ottawa-Glandorf 8-3, Wauseon 9-2.
COACHES: Ottawa-Glandorf — Ken Schriner (24th year, 176-92); Wauseon — Shawn Moore (1st year, 9-2).
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Ottawa-Glandorf 14th; Wauseon 8th.
LAST APPEARANCE: Ottawa-Glandorf 2016; Wauseon 2017.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Ottawa-Glandorf 15-13; Wauseon 8-6.
NEXT OPPONENT: (4) Shelby (8-3) or (8) Clyde (7-4).
WEEK 11 RECAP: Both teams used strong second halves to win their regional quarterfinal games. Ottawa-Glandorf held Galion scoreless in the second half in posting a 28-17 victory, while Wauseon pulled away from Bellevue in the last two quarters in a 41-18 win. Wauseon’s defense held Bellevue to 46 yards on the ground and picked off three passes, but the true story of the night was junior wide receiver Connar Penrod. Penrod caught nine passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns, three of which went 50 yards or more. Quarterback Cody Figy finished with 417 yards passing. Ottawa-Glandorf’s defense had four interceptions, including a 79-yard pick six by Caleb Kuhlman.
NOTES: Wauseon is making its fifth playoff appearance since 2013. The Indians won the 1993 Division III state championship, 13-10 over Ironton. Figy is 184 of 312 for 2,660 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He’s also Wauseon’s leading rusher with 91 carries for 413 yards (4.5 per carry) and seven touchdowns. Three other Indians have at least 250 rushing yards: Tyson Britsch has 267 yards (6.4 per carry) and two TDs, Thomas Leahy has 260 yards (4.4 per carry) and four touchdowns, and Isaac Wilson has 252 yards (4.7 per carry) and three TDs. Penrod has 66 catches for 1,153 yards and 14 scores. Noah Tester has 54 receptions for 656 yards and four touchdowns. Defensive back Jonas Tester is Wauseon’s leading tackler with 74 stops (57 solo). Linebacker Sean Brock leads with 71/2 sacks, and defensive back Isaac Wilson has 17 tackles for loss. Clay Recker leads O-G with 651 yards on 111 carries (6.9 per carry) and six touchdowns, while Eric Heebsh has 513 yards on 97 carries (5.3 per carry) and five TDs. Quarterback Jacob Balbaugh is 129 of 203 for 1,741 yards, 16 TDs and six interceptions. Jarrod Beach leads the Titans in receptions with 37 for 519 yards and five TDs, while Brennan Blevins has 29 catches for a team-high 623 yards and six scores. Linebacker Logan Miller leads O-G with 93 tackles (66 solo). Defensive end Logan Schmitz has four sacks and eight tackles for loss; defensive end Aaron Rieman also has four sacks.
EXTRA POINT: Ottawa-Glandorf has intercepted 16 passes this season and, largely behind that total, the Titans are plus-8 in turnover margin.
NO. 1 LEIPSIC VS. NO. 5 EDGERTON
WHERE & WHEN: Napoleon, Saturday, 7 p.m.
DIVISION / REGION: Division VII, Region 26.
RECORDS: Leipsic 10-1, Edgerton 9-2.
COACHES: Leipsic — Joe Kirkendall (4th year, 34-11, 105-48 overall); Edgerton — Ben Wilhelm (9th year, 57-38).
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Leipsic 12th; Edgerton 7th.
LAST APPEARANCE: Leipsic 2018; Edgerton 2018.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Leipsic 7-11; Edgerton 3-6.
NEXT OPPONENT: (3) Patrick Henry (8-3) or (2) Norwalk St. Paul (9-2).
WEEK 11 RECAP: Leipsic jumped ahead of Mohawk 22-0 at halftime, built that lead to 30-0 in the fourth quarter and cruised home for a 30-8 victory. The Vikings had 214 rushing yards and more than 300 in total offense, while the defense put up a safety and intercepted three passes. Lorenzo Walther had 89 rushing yards and Juan Pena added 88. Edgerton built an early lead over defending state champion McComb, survived a Panthers’ comeback in the third quarter and scored the final 22 points to win 44-21. Edgerton put up an even 300 rushing yards and committed no turnovers. Hunter Prince scored five touchdowns and ran 26 times for 160 yards.
NOTES: This is the 11th consecutive season that Leipsic has made the postseason. The Vikings are missing a big piece with the loss of running back/linebacker Cole Williamson, who tore an ACL in the regular-season finale. Williamson rushed for 829 yards and 13 TDs. Juan Pena has 776 yards on 124 carries (6.3 per carry) and 13 touchdowns. Walther has 419 yards on 76 carries (5.5 per carry) and nine TDs. Fabian Pena has a team-high 392 yards on 19 receptions, while Tyler Sickmiller has a team best 21 receptions for 363 yards. Quarterback Drew Liffick is 67 of 122 for 1,141 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Edgerton’s Prince has run for 29 touchdowns. He has 1,837 yards on 236 carries (7.8 per carry). Running backs Gannon Ripke and Craig Blue have combined to rush for more than 900 yards and have seven touchdowns. Defensive end Logan Showalter has team highs of 84 tackles, seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
EXTRA POINT: Edgerton has kicked one extra point all season. The Bulldogs have, though, converted 42 of 59 two-point conversion attempts.
NO. 3 PATRICK HENRY VS. NO. 2 NORWALK ST. PAUL
WHERE & WHEN: Fremont Ross, Saturday, 7 p.m.
DIVISION / REGION: Division VII, Region 26.
RECORDS: Patrick Henry 8-3; Norwalk St. Paul 9-2.
COACHES: Patrick Henry — Bill Inselmann (27th year, 229-80); Norwalk St. Paul — John Livengood (29th year, 269-70).
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES: Patrick Henry 18th; Norwalk St. Paul 21st.
LAST APPEARANCE: Patrick Henry 2018; Norwalk St. Paul 2018.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Patrick Henry 28-16; Norwalk St. Paul 41-19.
NEXT OPPONENT: (1) Leipsic (10-1) or (5) Edgerton (9-2).
WEEK 11 RECAP: Patrick Henry spotted Arlington a first-quarter touchdown, then scored four straight TDs to post a 26-14 victory. Wil Morrow finished with 115 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and quarterback T.J. Rhamy ran for 59 yards and a score and passed for 118 yards. Norwalk St. Paul got 276 rushing yards and five touchdowns from Cam Caizzo in a 35-21 victory over Edon. The Flyers had more than 400 yards of offense and intercepted Edon three times.
NOTES: Patrick Henry is in the postseason for the 15th time in the 2000s, and Norwalk St. Paul for the 17th time in that time frame. Rhamy has rushed 200 times for 1,177 yards (5.9 per carry) and 14 touchdowns. He is 68 of 131 passing for 1,411 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Morrow adds 935 yards rushing (6.3 per carry) and 13 touchdowns. Kolton Holloway, back in the lineup last week after missing several weeks with an injury, has 36 receptions for 925 yards and nine touchdowns. Holloway averages 25.7 yards per catch. Noah Kistner (78) and Rhamy (71) lead the Patriots in tackles, and both have five sacks. Rhamy has eight tackles for loss and Kistner seven. St. Paul’s Caizzo has 1,335 rushing yards on 199 carries (6.7 per carry) and 17 TDs. Justin Butler has rushed 103 times for 736 yards (7.1 per carry) and 13 touchdowns. Quarterback Myron Stoll is 55 of 92 for 746 yards, eight TDs and two interceptions. Will Stieber leads the Flyers with 86 tackles, eight tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries. Ben Meyer has a team-high nine sacks, and Lars Livengood has seven interceptions.
EXTRA POINT: Norwalk St. Paul has eight regional championships going back to 1996, the latest coming in 2017. The Flyers have been in five state championship games and won the 2009 Division VI crown with a 24-21 victory over Delphos St. John’s.