Clyde and Bellevue finally jump into the lake
This is the number of victories of the seniors of Fremont Ross against Findlay. They had three chances to win the regular season game they want the most.
Obviously Friday’s home game is their last chance. No better time on Tuesday for legendary Ohio State running back Archie Griffin to stop by to talk to the Little Giants.
“It was very inspiring to have someone of this caliber speak to us and encourage us to do our best,” Ross quarterback Kaden Holmes said. “It’s amazing that someone like that makes us realize that football is a great game.”
The Little Giants last beat Findlay in 2018 at 43-42.
“It’s been an exciting week for the kids, the magnitude of the final home game against a hated rival,” Ross coach Chad Long said. “Our community. Beating someone like Findlay, nothing would be nicer for those seniors to remember.”
Ross won his first five games last season before a 34-14 loss to Findlay. He could have taken things for granted, the first would continue.
“This year is different,” Holmes said. “We are seniors. We haven’t beaten them.”
Griffin was a bit inspired on Tuesday himself. Bob Brudzinski was a teammate and he got to know Derek Isaman as an administrator at Ohio State.
He playfully snapped a few photos near the statue of Charles Woodson, holding up two fingers rather than one, as the only player to win the Heisman Trophy twice.
“The school has a great history with a lot of good players,” he said. “I loved visiting the statue of Charles Woodson. He’s a remarkable man and athlete. Rob Lytle. It’s a wonderful story to be proud of. The facilities make you a little jealous.”
Clyde, Bellevue, Port Clinton and Oak Harbor finally begin the Sandusky Bay Conference split schedules in the lake and bay, respectively.
Friday Week 6 Matches
Ross (5-0) at Findlay (1-4, 0-2)
Ross remains undefeated as Holmes rushed for four touchdowns in a 25-22 win over Toledo St. Francis last week. The Little Giants have allowed 22 or fewer points in four games. Findlay lost to Toledo Central Catholic and Toledo Whitmer in the TRAC. He lost to Anthony Wayne and Perrysburg. He allowed 38 or more runs three times. Lineman Luke Montgomery is an Ohio State draftee and sophomore quarterback Ryan Montgomery is a Division I rookie.
Clyde (4-1) at Perkins (4-1)
Cole Schwochow caught two touchdown passes from Abe Morrison as Clyde beat Toledo Scott 34-16 last week. Morrison, Clark Norman and Landon Bailey each added a rushing touchdown. The Fliers haven’t allowed more than 23 points in a game. Perkins beat Huron 29-28 last week. Clyde lost the game 21-20 last season.
Port Clinton (3-2) at Edison (3-2)
Adam Thorbahn caught three touchdown passes from Cam Gillum as Port Clinton beat Toledo Rogers 47-16 last week. Gillum scored for 37 yards, and Dagan Meyers and Briar Roher (58 yards) added scoring runs. Meech Skofous added a touchdown reception as Port Clinton scored all of their points in the first half. Edison shut out Norwalk 34-0 last week. The Chargers have scored at least 16 points in every game and allowed seven or fewer on three occasions. Port Clinton shut out Edison 31-0 last season.
Lakota (1-4, 0-1) at Gibsonburg (4-1, 1-0)
Lakota beat the Golden Bears 35-34 last season. Gibsonburg have won their last four games, while Lakota have lost four in a row. Connor Smith rushed for four touchdowns in Gibsonburg’s 44-27 win over Northwood last week. Smith had 366 yards on 33 carries. Daniel Frost caught a touchdown pass from Cam Mooney and Nolan Hoover added a score on the ground. Cody Biddle rushed for two touchdowns, one covering 54 yards in a 41-31 loss to Willard last week. Chase Dussel returned an 80-yard kickoff and caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Biddle. Brandon Leal threw a basket.
Oak Harbor (4-1) at Vermilion (0-5)
Hayden Burho rushed for three scores, including one for 62 yards as Oak Harbor shut out Toledo Bowsher 56-0 last week. Judson Overmyer and Brady Losie each returned an interception for a touchdown and Travis Bouyer forced a safety. Blake Nickel, Jaqui Hayward and Ian Arias (54 yards) added scores on the ground as the Rockets scored all of their runs in the first three quarters. Vermilion, which was shut out 45-0 by Lutheran West last week, hasn’t scored more than 14 points in a game. Oak Harbor won 56-7 last season.
Woodmore (1-4, 0-2) at Elmwood (5-0)
Woodmore lost 49-7 to Lake last week in the Northern Buckeye Conference. Elmwood, who beat Otsego 21-7 last week, has allowed no more than 21 runs and scored at least 36 in the first four weeks. Last year’s game was canceled due to the coronavirus.
Bellevue (4-1) at Norwalk (0-5)
Tyler Ray caught touchdown passes covering 76 and 61 yards from Jax LaPata in Bellevue’s 46-0 shutout of Toledo Start last week. Brody Horn rushed for two scores, and LaPata and Seth Bova added one apiece as Bellevue scored through the first three quarters. Norwalk has allowed at least 34 points in every game and has scored 13 or fewer in three. Bellevue went 14-0 last season.
Tiffin Calvert (3-2, 1-1) at Margaretta (4-1, 0-1)
Jake Boggs and Gage Bodey each scored a touchdown in Margaretta’s 27-13 loss to Hopewell-Loudon in the SBC River Division. Calvert beat St. Joseph Central Catholic 44-14 last week. Margaretta lost 31-0 last season.
Genoa (3-2, 1-1) at Fostoria (0-5)
Alex Spencer caught a touchdown from Aiden Brunkhorst for an eight-point deficit late in the third quarter, but Genoa lost 34-26 to Eastwood in NBC last week. Brunkhorst rushed for a touchdown as Genoa trailed 14-6 at halftime. Aidan Antry added a rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Fostoria, which lost 47-7 to Rossford last week, has allowed 34 or more points in four games and scored just 14 in none. Genoa went 70-0 shutout last season.