High school football: Lima area teams prepare for playoffs


By Jose Nogueras - jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com



Clayton Recker, here celebrating scoring a touchdown at Kenton during the regular season, and his Ottawa-Glandorf teammates open Division IV postseason play Saturday at Galion.

Clayton Recker, here celebrating scoring a touchdown at Kenton during the regular season, and his Ottawa-Glandorf teammates open Division IV postseason play Saturday at Galion.


Don Speck | The Lima News

The first round of the high school playoffs resume Saturday with a host of games. All games begin at 7 p.m.

Division IV

Region 14

Ottawa-Glandorf (7-3)

at Galion (8-2)

Ottawa-Glandorf comes into the contest dropping its last two games of the season with a last second loss to Kenton, 14-9, and a one-point loss to Wapakoneta, 7-6, both of whom made the playoffs.

The Titans will try to get back to their winning ways against Galion which comes into Saturday’s game with a loss to Pleasant 54-44.

The Tigers averages 37.8 points a contest and are led by quarterback Wilson Frankhouse. The Galion signal caller has passed for 2,464 yards with 27 touchdowns and five interceptions and he leads the team in rushing with 659 yards and seven touchdowns on 93 carries.

Frankouse’s top target is Isaiah Alsip who had 82 catches for 1,128 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Defensively, the Tigers are giving up an average of 16.7 points a contest.

Tiger Jacob Williams leads the team in sacks with 10, and he has recorded 67 tackles with 17 for loss. Colten Yost leads the team in total tackles with 81. Jackson Staton and Alsip each have three interceptions.

Cincinnati Indian Hill (8-2)

at Kenton (8-2)

Region 16

Kenton has reeled off four straight wins to end the season and secure, not only a share of the Western Buckeye League title, but a home game for the playoffs.

Kenton, with its aerial attack, is averaging 31.1 points a game and during its win streak has outscored opponents 125-49 and has scored 28 or more points in three of those contest.

Defensively, the Wildcats are giving up an average of 17.7 and have held two of their last four opponents to 10 points or less.

Indian Hill comes into the game after losing its season finale, 21-18, to state ranked Wyoming.

The Braves are averaging 42.8 points a contest.

Quarterback Tre Lopez spearheads the Braves attack. Lopez has thrown for 1,288 yards and 14 touchdowns with one interception and is the team’s top runner with 900 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Amari Whitehead is the team’s leading receiver with 31 catches for 604 yards and seven touchdowns.

Defensively, the Braves are giving up 11.7 points a contest.

Nose guard David Ryu has recorded 6.5 sacks and Whitehead accounted for three interceptions.

Division VII

Region 26

Sycamore Mohawk (6-4) at Leipsic (9-1)

Since falling to Liberty-Benton in week eight, Leipsic has rebounded to produce big wins against McComb and Arlington, both playoff bound teams, to secure a top seed.

The Vikings come into the game averaging 35.2 points a contest. Led by Cole Williamson, who has rushed for 829 yards and 13 touchdowns and Juan Pena, who has 688 yards and 12 touchdowns, the Vikings are averaging 367.7 total yards a game.

Quarterback Drew Liffick has passed for 1,053 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Mohawk finished the year with a win against Upper Sandusky, 46-7.

The Warriors come into the game averaging 21.1 points a game. Relying on the run, Mohawk features a trio of backs and are led by Jesse Leeth who has amassed 744 yards and 11 touchdowns on 96 carries followed by Mason Danner who has 445 yards and four touchdowns on the season. Landen Snyder has rushed for an identical 445 yards with three touchdowns.

Defensively, Mohawk is giving up 16.2 points a game. Danner leads the team in tackles for loss with 17 and Tyler Hayman has recorded six interceptions.

Hardin Northern (7-3)

at Fort Loramie (9-1)

Region 28

Fort Loramie (9-1) wrapped up its second consecutive Cross County Conference title by beating its last six regular-season opponents with running-clock margins.

The end was similar to last year, when the team won its last five regular-season games with running-clock margins of 30 or more points. The team opened the playoffs with another big win by beating Hamilton New Miami 41-0.

The Polar Bears (8-2) finished second in the Northwest Central Conference. They average 329.5 yards and 29.4 points per game. Sophomore quarterback Nevin Robson has thrown for 1,296 yards and 15 touchdowns with eight interceptions while junior running back Owen Wetherill has run for 1,139 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Hardin Northern has allowed an average of 14 points per game but will likely be in for its biggest challenge of the season when it tries to slow Fort Loramie’s offense. The Redskins have averaged 363.5 yards and 46.6 points per game.

Fort Loramie junior quarterback Collin Moore has completed 82-of-134 passes for 1,183 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions and ran for 251 yards and five touchdowns on 34 carries.

Like last year, the Redskins’ running attack has been by committee. Junior Max Hoying leads the squad with 481 yards and 12 touchdowns while Nate Meyer has run for 403 yards and six TDs, and Nick Brandewie has gained 257 yards and scored four TDs.

Brandewie leads the team’s receiving corps. He’s caught 21 passes for 458 yards with seven touchdowns. Mark Seger has caught 21 passes for 361 yards with five TDs and Damon Mescher has caught 20 passes for 244 yards with two TDs.

Fort Loramie’s defense has allowed an average of 108.3 yards and 6.3 points per game. Hoying has 52.5 tackles and a team-best 12 tackles for loss.

Region 28

Perry (7-3) at

Cincinnati College Prep Academy (8-2)

Since losing in week three Perry has won seven straight to close the season, leading to the Commodores’ first Northwest Central Conference title in school history and a second playoff appearance.

The Commodores are averaging 35.2 points a contest and giving up an average of 23.2 points a game.

Perry quarterback Ryan Yingst has passed for 1,564 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Receiver Chazz Jackson accounted for 920 yards with 41 catches and 14 touchdowns.

Cincinnati College Prep Academy has won its last four games and is averaging 29.6 points a game while giving up an average of 16.1 points a contest.

The Lions’ dual threat quarterback Mark Smith has thrown for 1,803 yards with 18 touchdowns and two interceptions and leads the team in rushing with 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns on 134 carries.

Antonio Hammond led the Lions in receptions with 49 catches for 1,007 yards and nine touchdowns.

Clayton Recker, here celebrating scoring a touchdown at Kenton during the regular season, and his Ottawa-Glandorf teammates open Division IV postseason play Saturday at Galion.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/11/web1_Kenton-FB-vs-OG-DS6-2.jpgClayton Recker, here celebrating scoring a touchdown at Kenton during the regular season, and his Ottawa-Glandorf teammates open Division IV postseason play Saturday at Galion. Don Speck | The Lima News

By Jose Nogueras

jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468. Bryant Billing contributed to this story.

Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468. Bryant Billing contributed to this story.

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