Week 3 Midwest Athletic Conference and Fort Loramie Football Preview Capsules

Staff Writer

Half the Midwest Athletic Conference emerged from the first two weeks of non-conference play  unbeaten, including the three defending state champions (Minster, Marion Local and Coldwater) along with two other top MAC teams Fort Recovery and St. Henry.

Now the MAC will start beating up on itself a little bit as league play begins.

The marquee match-up is in Coldwater, where defending Div. VI state champ Minster (2-0) will travel to face defending Div. V state champ Coldwater (2-0) on Friday.

Minster (2-0) at Coldwater (2-0)
With Coldwater and Marion Local looming on the schedule, Minster put something else on tape for the Midwest Athletic Conference’s other two reigning state champions to ponder — a potent running game — in a 31-13 win over Lehman Catholic last Friday. Minster rushed for 208 yards and had three rushers go over 50 yards on the night. Evan Huelsman put up 103 yards on 18 carries. Jacob Stechschulte toted the ball nine times for 57 yards and a touchdown. Jared Huelsman ran strong late in the game with 53 yards on 11 carries. Now with both its running game and passing game sharpened in the non-conference slate the Wildcats head into a game against one of Ohio’s top teams. Coldwater  shut out Kenton 42-0 in Week 1 and then stymied Delphos Jefferson 35-6 last Friday night. Coldwater did much of its damage through the air as quarterback Jack Hemmelgarn went 18-of-24 for 289 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Chris Post caught five passes for 105 yards and touchdown while Aaron Harlamert, Kraig Schoenherr and Zach Homan each added touchdown snags. Post also led the Cavs with 63 yards rushing and a touchdown on 10 carries. More impressive might be the Cavalier defense, which shut out Kenton’s five-wide aerial attack and then allowed just six points to a very solid Jefferson squad. Minster’s offense will test that defense that is giving up three points per game so far. Minster senior quarterback Josh Nixon is off to a sizzling start. He’s thrown for 507 yards and eight touchdowns without an interception over the season’s first two weeks and completing just a hair under 70 percent of those passes. His top target, junior Bryce Schmiesing, already had 11 catches for 219 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Jacob Dues has already caught four touchdown passes and intercepted two passes early in the season. The series between the Wildcats and Cavaliers has been one-sided, as the Cavs have won 47 of the 60 meetings — including the last three and nine of the last 10. Things don’t get any easier after that with Marion Local looming in Week 4.

Anna (0-2) at Ft. Recovery (2-0)
Anna has won the last nine meetings between the teams, but it looks like a surging Fort Recovery program might have the upper hand going into this one. Fort Recovery is off to a 2-0 start after impressive back-to-back wins over Lehman Catholic (36-0) and Fort Loramie (34-7). The Indians nearly had their second straight shutout before giving up a score to the Redskins in the final seconds. Fort Recovery’s Kyle Schroer rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Anna is 0-2 after a tough overtime loss in Week 1 to Arlington and a 21-0 defeat at the hands of Brookville in a game postponed until Saturday.

New Bremen (1-1) at Marion Local (2-0)
After ending a 24-game losing streak in Week 1 with a win over Bradford, Holgate’s Dylan Szabo proved to be too much (271 yards, 2 TDs passing and two rushing touchdowns) as the Tigers knocked off the Cardinals 25-14. Marion Local faced an overmatched Beallsville program last Friday and kept things simple. The Flyers rushed for 259 yards and stymied Beallsville to negative 33 yards rushing and 99 total yards.

Delphos St. John’s (0-2) at Versailles (1-1)
The Tigers lost to Germantown Valley View 31-22 last Saturday after Versailles opened impressively with a 28-7 opening win over Celina. They now host a St. John’s team that has given up an average of 40.5 points per game over the season’s first two weeks over   Bath and Lima Central Catholic.

St. Henry (2-0) at Parkway (0-2)
St. Henry is looking to start the season 3-0 for the second straight season.  The Redskins’ defense has been stingy, giving up just 4.5 points per game in their two wins over Covington and Eaton. Parkway’s run defense allowed a pair of 100 yard rushers in a 35-12 loss to Spencerville last week. Justin Barna threw for 192 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers.

Bluffton at Fort Loramie

The second quarter has not been kind to the Fort Loramie football team. They’re hoping the third game is a different story. After surrendering 34 points in the second quarter to Minster in the season opener, Fort Recovery lit up the scoreboard for 27 second-quarter points last Friday in a 34-6 win over the Redskins in a playoff rematch. Fort Loramie scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 22-yard pass from Wes Puthoff to Daniel Berning to stave off the shutout.
Buried so early in games, the Redskins now hope to get off to a better start when they host Bluffton on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Bluffton could be another stiff test. Bluffton has been an explosive offensive team so far. The Pirates defeated Cory-Rawson 54-0 in their opener and then pounced on Van Buren in the second half in a 35-14 win last week. After going into the half tied 7-7, Bluffton scored 28 of the next 35 points to move to 2-0. Bluffton rushed for 203 yards. Dakota Bricker had 80 yards on 12 carries to lead the way. Quarterback Mitchell Ault completed 6-of-10 passes for 113 yards and a score.

 

Week 3 Schedule

MAC

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

NWCC

  • Bluffton at Fort Loramie
  • Oberlin at Hardin Northern
  • Graham at  Lehman Catholic (Sat.)
  • Ayersville at Lima Perry
  • Ridgemont at Buckey Central
  • Cedarville at Riverside
  • USV at Indian Lake
  • Waynesfield-Goshen at Allen East

WBL

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

GWOC North

  • Butler at Wilmington
  • Greenville at Preble Shawnee
  • Lima Senior at Piqua
  • Trotwood-Madison at Sycamore
  • Troy at Miamisburg
  • W. Carollton at Sidney