Week 3 MAC Football: Flyers, Cavs Showdown HIghlights League Opening Week

Staff Writer

A trio of the Midwest Athletic Conference’s top teams went down a week ago in the final week of non-conference play. That’s the risk when top-flight teams schedule other top-notch teams and are willing to hit the road like Coldwater, Fort Recovery and Versailles were a week ago in losses to Clinton-Massie, Valley View and Delphos Jefferson.

The MAC is hoping that sort of brave schedule-making will only make its teams stronger as they head into conference play this week.

Coldwater has little time to lick its wounds after a 24-14 loss to Clinton-Massie. Marion Local is coming to town for a league showdown that offers up the best two small-school programs in Ohio and the biggest 50-50 jackpot.

Marion Local looks as loaded as ever after handing the team it beat in the state semifinals last year a 41-0 loss last Friday. Marion Local hasn’t lost a non-conference game in the regular season since Shawnee stunned the Flyers in 2011. Coldwater hadn’t lost a non-conference game in the regular season since 2013 before Clinton-Massie ended the streak. Now both will face off in a game that suddenly has playoff implications following Coldwater’s drop from Division V to Division VI.

Minster, which is 2-0 to start the season coming off a trip to the Horseshoe itself, has yet to give up a point. Jared Huelsman had another big week on the ground and added special teams extraordinaire to the resume with a blocked punt that resulted in a touchdown. After a few wilderness campaigns (DSJ is 10-21 over the past three seasons), St. John’s appears to be back in the mix in the MAC. They’ll go to Minster, hoping to move to 3-0 after beating both LCC and Woodward.

The other MAC team that hasn’t given up a point yet? It’s New Bremen, which moved to 2-0 after beating up on Mississinawa Valley. After blowout wins over Bradford and MV, New Bremen will see how far it’s improvedwhen it hosts 2-0 St. Henry.

Fort Recovery will try to recover from a loss to Valley View against a Parkway team that won its first game since Week 5 of the 2016 season. The Panthers gutted out a 14-13 win over Spencerville to move to 1-1.

Anna and Versailles could be a good one, as the Rockets have outscored their opponents 101-12 to get out to a 2-0 start. Versailles will try to bounce back from a 14-7 defensive battle loss to Delphos Jefferson.

Week 3 Schedule

MAC

  • Delphos St. John’s at Minster
  • Marion Local at Coldwater
  • Ft. Recovery at Parkway
  • St. Henry at New Bremen
  • Anna at Versailles

CCC

  • Fort Loramie at Covington
  • National Trail at Miami East
  • Tri-County N. at Twin Valley S.
  • Arcanum at Ansonia
  • Bethel at Tri-Village
  • Mississinawa Valley at Bradford

WBL

  • Van Wert at St. Marys
  • Wapakoneta at Shawnee
  • Bath at Ottawa-Glandorf
  • Elida at Celina
  • Kenton at Defiance

GWOC American North

  • Franklin at Piqua
  • Carroll at Sidney
  • Northmont at Tippecanoe
  • Butler at Wilmington
  • Greenville at Urbana
  • Bellefontaine at Troy

MAC Standings Through Week 2

Team MAC Overall Pts. Opp. Pts
Anna 0-0 2-0 101 12
St. John's 0-0 2-0 80 16
Marion Local 0-0 2-0 76 7
Minster 0-0 2-0 48 0
New Bremen 0-0 2-0 78 0
St. Henry 0-0 2-0 79 7
Coldwater 0-0 1-1 49 52
Fort Recovery 0-0 1-1 48 45
Parkway 0-0 1-1 40 51
Versailles 0-0 1-1 43 21

Week 2 Scores

  • St. John’s 34, LCC 0
  • Marion Local 41, Patrick Henry 0
  • Clinton-Massie 24, Coldwater 14
  • Valley View 24, Fort Recovery 21
  • St. Henry 42, Eaton 0
  • Parkway 14, Spencerville 13
  • Jefferson 14, Versailles 7
  • Anna 49, Brookville 12
  • New Bremen 30 Miss. Valley 0
  • Minster 28, Covington 0