LCC at Columbus Grove highlights week

First Posted: 9/17/2014

Here is a preview of some of the top football games involving area teams this week:

Lima Central Catholic (2-1) at Columbus Grove (3-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last meeting: Sept. 21, 2013 – LCC won 49-6

When LCC has the ball: In LCC’s 45-0 dismantling of Edgerton this past Friday, the Thunderbirds passed for 292 yards and rushed for 100. Dimitri Floyd caught five passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Through three games, LCC has scored 28.3 points per game.

In its 31-17 win over Ada in Week 3, Columbus Grove yielded a total of 266 yards (48 rushing, 218 passing). For the season, Columbus Grove has given up 22 points per game.

Edge: Draw

When Columbus Grove has the ball: Columbus Grove’s offense was balanced in its victory over Ada. Grove rushed for 133 yards and passed for another 83. Joey Warnecke led the Columbus Grove running attack with 113 yards on 15 carries. On the season, Columbus Grove is scoring 35.6 points per outing.

LCC held Edgerton to 142 yards of total offense, last week. On the season, LCC’s opponents are scoring just 13.6 points per game.

Edge: LCC

Odds and ends: The last win for Columbus Grove over LCC was 2006, 37-13. Columbus Grove has already won more games this season than it did all last season (2-8). First-year LCC head coach Scott Palte returns to Columbus Grove to face his former school. Palte coached at Columbus Grove from 2005-2011, where he posted a 46-27 record.

The Brass Tacks: A win for either team is huge, when talking playoff computer points.

Bath (1-2, 1-1 Western Buckeye League) at Wapakoneta (3-0, 2-0 WBL)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last meeting: Sept. 20, 2013 – Wapakoneta won 21-0

When Bath has the ball: In its 42-33 win over Defiance last Friday, Bath rolled up 412 total yards. Quarterback Cam Jenkins was 19-of-36 passing for 291 yards, five TDs and two interceptions. Bath’s game plan against Defiance was to throw the ball a little bit more. For the game, Bath rushed for just 121 yards.

Wapakoneta’s defense was stellar in its 17-0 win over Elida in Week 3. The Redskins’ defense held the Bulldogs to just 81 total yards.

Edge: Wapakoneta

When Wapakoneta has the ball: Wapakoneta’s offense rolled up 407 total yards against Elida. The Redskins rushed for 299 yards and passed for another 108. Quarterback Kodi Morgan was 8-of-13 passing for 108 yards. Morgan also rushed for 106 yards.

Bath’s defense gave up 380 yards in its matchup with Defiance.

Edge: Wapakoneta

Odds and ends: The last victory for Bath over Wapakoneta was 2009, 28-0.

The Brass Tacks: Bath is coming off a hard-fought win over Defiance. Wapakoneta should pose a lot bigger challenge for Bath.

St. Marys (1-2, 0-2 WBL) at Elida (1-2, 1-1 WBL)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last meeting: Sept. 20, 2013 – Elida won 34-14

When St. Marys has the ball: In last Friday’s 26-7 loss to Kenton, St. Marys rushed for 138 yards and passed for another 105. Isaac Fitzgerald led the Roughriders with 76 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Elida’s defense gave up 407 total yards against Wapakoneta, with 299 of those yards coming on the ground.

Edge: Draw

When Elida has the ball: Elida’s offense has centered pretty much on quarterback Logan Alexander. Against Wapakoneta, Alexander accounted for his team’s entire yardage. The Bulldogs’ offense has struggled to find consistency so far this season. Through three games, Elida is averaging 20.6 points per game.

St. Marys is giving up 27 points per game.

Edge: Draw

Odds and ends: Elida has won the past four games against St. Marys.

The Brass Tacks: Both teams want to get back on the winning track this week.

Ottawa-Glandorf (3-0, 2-0 WBL) at Shawnee (1-2, 1-1 WBL)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last meeting: Sept. 20, 2013 – O-G won 14-13

When O-G has the ball: In its 25-7 win over Celina this past weekend, Ottawa-Glandorf rolled up 336 offensive yards. Quarterback Zac Unterbrink completed 13 of 31 passes for 262 yards and four TDs.

Shawnee’s defense gave up 262 yards in its 23-7 loss to Van Wert in Week 3.

Edge: O-G

When Shawnee has the ball: Shawnee managed just 103 total offensive yards in its loss to Van Wert. Dylan Hefner led the Indians with 57 yards rushing on 14 carries.

O-G held a very good Celina offense to 215 total yards.

Edge: O-G

Odds and ends: The last victory for Shawnee over O-G was 2008, 28-10.

The Brass Tacks: O-G will have to guard for a letdown. The Indians need to get back on track.

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