Going into the final game of the regular season, three teams, Spencerville, Columbus Grove and Crestview are all tied for first with identical 5-1 marks in the Northwest Conference and will look to grab a share of the league title this week.
Columbus Grove (6-3, 5-1) travels to battle Bluffton (3-6, 2-4), Spencerville (7-2, 5-1) takes on rival Delphos Jefferson (1-8, 0-6) and Crestview (8-1, 5-1) hits the road to take on Paulding (3-6, 3-3). Ada (2-7, 1-5) takes the short journey to Allen East (4-5, 3-3).
With one game left, Allen East quarterback Tyler Clum leads the NWC in passing yards (21,40) and touchdowns thrown (22). Crestview’s Drew Kline is second in passing yards (1,181) and touchdowns thrown (14). Columbus Grove signal caller Blake Reynolds is the third in yardage (1,070 and touchdowns thrown (9).
Three Bearcats are atop the rushing leaders in the NWC. Cannan Johnson and Kale Lee have both rushed for 934 yards and teammate Joel Lotz has run for 940 yards. Kline is fourth with 870 yards on the ground. Johnson has run for 15 touchdowns.
Allen East’s Cole Fletcher is the league leader in reception yards (879) and touchdown catches (10). He is averaging 23.1 yards a grab. Paulding’s Hunter Kelser has 49 catches to lead all receivers.
NORTHWEST CENTRAL CONFERENCE
Perry saw its Northwest Central Conference title dashed when the Commodores were upended by Lehman Catholic last week. The winner of the conference will be determined Lehman (6-3), 5-1) faces Riverside(6-3, 5-1) tonight. Both teams sport identical 5-1 marks and the winner will take home the NWCC crown outright.
Perry (6-3, 4-2) still has a tough game ahead when the Commodores travel to take on Elgin (5-4, 4-2).
Perry’s Louis Hoersten comes into the game with 1,154 yards passing and 13 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 472 yards and 11 touchdowns. Nylan Cannon leads the team in rushing with 758 yards and 12 touchdowns. Chazz Jackson is the team’s top receiver with 4 catches for 506 yards and five touchdowns.
In other action, Waynesfield-Goshen (4-5, 2-4) heads to Ridgemont (1-8, 0-6) and Upper Scioto Valley (2-7, 1-5) travels north to face Hardin Northern (4-5, 3-3). The four wins by W-G is the most for the Tigers since 2012 and if they can beat Ridgemont their five wins will match their 2011 output.
OREGON CLAY (1-8, 0-6) at LIMA SENIOR (1-8, 0-6)
The Spartans will look to close out the regular season on a high note when they take on Clay Friday night. The Spartans, riding a six-game losing streak, lost to Toledo St. John’s Jesuit 49-28 last week. Clay, who opened the season with a win, has not recorded a victory since the first week of the season and are on an eight-game skid. Clay lost to Fremont Ross 49-29 last week.
LUCAS (7-2) at LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC (8-0)
The Thunderbirds are coming off an impressive 48-0 win over Troy Christian to secure a spot in the postseason and will try to keep their winning ways going when they face Lucas Saturday. Winners of their last four, Lucas has outscored its opponents 205-32 in that four game win streak.
RIVERDALE (5-4, 4-3) at PANDORA-GILBOA (9-0, 7-0)
Pandora-Gilboa can wrap up its first Blanchard Valley Conference title in football with a win over Rivderdale this week. The Rockets, ranked No. 3 in the state, have only give up 50 points all season. The most an opponent has scored on Pandora-Gilboa was 14 points this season and have given up six or less points in six of their wins.
Riverdale comes into the game fresh off a 57-20 win over Arcadia.
ARLINGTON (7-2, 5-2) at LEIPSIC (8-1, 6-1)
Leipsic would be more than happy to grab a share of the BVC title if Pandora-Gilboa stumbles in the final week of the season. The Vikings have put together a three-game winning streak since falling to McComb. In those three games, McComb has outscored its opponents 156-27. Arlington has put together back-to-back wins coming into the game.