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2018 Blanchard Valley Conference Preview

08/05/2018, 4:00pm EDT
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2018 BVC Preview

2017 Standings:

Team

Conf. W

Conf. L

Overall W

Overall L

Liberty-Benton

7

1

12

2

McComb

7

1

9

3

Pandora-Gilboa

6

2

10

3

Leipsic

5

3

7

4

North Baltimore

5

3

6

4

Van Buren

5

3

6

4

Arlington

5

3

5

5

Riverdale

3

5

5

5

Hopewell-Loudon

2

6

3

7

Cory-Rawson

2

6

2

8

Arcadia

1

7

2

8

Vanlue

0

8

1

9

 

2018 OHSN Predictions

1. McComb
2. Leipsic
3. Pandora-Gilboa
4. Hopewell-Loudon
5.  Liberty-Benton
6. North Baltimore
7. Van Buren
8. Arlington
9. Riverdale
10. Cory-Rawson
11. Arcadia
12. Vanlue
 

Conference Overview – It would be no surprise to see the conference separated into three tiers when it comes to the order of how the teams will finish in the 2018 race.  McComb, Pandora-Gilboa, and Leipsic will most likely be jockeying for the top spots.  Then, the middle of the pack should have a much stronger competition with the next six teams doing their best to shuffle their way towards winning records.  It’s hard to pick against a lot of those six teams while we also see Hopewell-Loudon as having the potential to get back in the upper half of the conference if it avoids injuries.  Also, Liberty-Benton always poses a threat.  While it’s possible Cory-Rawson may win three or four contests this season, the rough conference slate of games will certainly keep them towards the bottom of the pack.

Arcadia – The Redskins finished 2-8 (1-7 BVC) in 2017 behind an offense that struggled to average just a little over 15 points a contest.  While one of Arcadia’s strengths last season was its rushing game, the Redskins are going to need to fill the void of Trevor Brubaker.  Baker graduated from last year’s team after leading the league in rushing with 1,248 yards on the ground.  That accounted for nearly all over Arcadia’s 1,388 rushing yards as a team, and a vast majority of its 1700 total offensive yards as a program.  Upcoming senior, Cole Coppus saw action as quarterback last year in all of Arcadia’s contests and completed 21-of-55 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns.  Hayden Rader, (junior) also completed 12-of-34 passes for 159 yards.  Defensively, Arcadia is going to need to improve from its 45.1 points allowed last season in order to stay competitive.  Brubaker led the Redskins with 70 tackles last season as Arcadia gave up over 350 yards a game.

Arlington – While Arlington was able to finish with a .500 record (5-5 overall, 5-3 BVC) last season, the Red Devils would like to work their way back to a winning record.  In order to do so, one of the things Arlington is going to need to work on the most is its early season confidence.  After starting 1-4 last season Arlington was able to rebound during the second half of the year and the program earned its 600th victory in its second to last contest of the season. One thing the Red Devils have in their favor is that they only lost seven seniors to graduation.  Jacob Russell (senior) will return after having a stellar 2017 season where he completed nearly 60% of his passes (110-of-186) for 1,342 yards.  Also returning will be senior Devin Plunkett. Plunkett had 135 rushes for 599 yards and three touchdowns as Arlington ran for a shade over 100 yards a contest as a team.  Arlington’s top receiver, Caleb Price (38 catches, 575 yards, 5 TDs) graduated, but Ivan Berry (senior) will return after hauling in 31 catches for 464 yards and two scores in 2017.  On the defensive side of the ball the Red Devils gave up 24.9 points a game while surrendering over 305 total yards of offense to their opponents.  Senior Ryan Metzger will return following a campaign where he recorded 88 tackles (41 solo, five for loss) as will Evan O’Rear (senior) who helped bring down 63 players (17 solo tackles).

Cory-Rawson – After a tough 2-8 season (2-6 BVC) the Hornets are looking to use some of their returning players to try to improve in a very tough conference.  Turnovers and penalties were two areas that plagued a Cory-Rawson team that averaged a shade over 19 points a game.  While the Hornets relied heavily on Austin Price (graduated) the offense had roughly 90-percent of its yards on the ground.  Price had 92 rushes for 577 yards and eight scores and earned 3rd-Team BVC honors on offense.  Gaining 519 yards on 93 carries and scoring six touchdowns was Blaine Peterson (graduated) as Peterson and Price were two key components of the Hornets’ offense.  Scheduled to return in the backfield will be junior Deontae’ Davis.  Davis had 468 yards and six touchdowns on 77 carries.  On the defensive side of the ball, seniors Logan Korpics and Kyle Schultz both return after combining for over 130 tackles last season.  Korpics (3rd-Team BVC defensive lineman) had 79 tackles (30 solo) while Schultz had 56 tackles (21 solo).  Key losses on the defense will be Eric Ritter and Zach Roebke.  Both finished with a pair of interceptions last season.

Hopewell-Loudon – After a 3-7 2017 campaign the Chieftains are poised at making a push for the top half of the BVC standings as the team returns several key players from a season ago.  In four of Hopewell-Loudon’s losses, the Chieftains were within striking distance losing by ten points or less in each of those defeats.  While the Chieftains gave up just 24.4 points a contest (246 yards/contest) they also scored 19 points a game and averaged 256 yards a game.  The BVC defensive lineman of the year, Alec Bower, will be lost to graduation after recording 103 total tackles, 58 solo with 30 coming for a loss.  Also, Logan St. Clair (3rd-Team Defensive Back) was lost to graduation.  St. Clair also accounted for 32 receptions for 493 yards and one touchdown on offense while earning a 3rd-Team spot as wide-receiver.  Fellow receiver, Dominic Hedrick (graduated) was 2nd-Team BVC receiver with 39 catches for 379 yards and two scores.  While those players are now gone, the bright side for the Chieftains is the returning roster.  At quarterback, Luke Jameson (sophomore) saw action in six games last year and threw for 981 yards and five touchdowns.  Jameson filled in for Zach Kreais (graduated) who has 486 passing yards in four games while throwing ten interceptions and two touchdowns.  Receiver Jaret Nelson (senior) had 23 catches for 331 yards and four touchdowns for Hopewell-Loudon in 2017.  Seniors Sam Stickley and John Turco both return to the backfield after the two combined for nearly 800 yards of rushing offense as juniors.  Stickley had 54 rushes for 398 yards and nine touchdowns in four contests while Turco carried the ball 79 times for 401 yards and six scores.  Defensively, BVC 1st-Team line-backer, Donovan Bickelhaupt, returns for his senior season after recording 104 tackles (71 solo).  Senior Takoda Pahl will also look to key the Chieftains’ defense following a 2017 campaign in which he recorded to interceptions.

Leipsic – The Vikings enjoyed a post-season appearance in 2017 following a 7-3 regular season record in which they outscored opponents 248-154 as their offense averaged 324.1 yards a game and the defense gave up 245 yards.  Leipsic was able to move the ball fairly well on the ground a season ago, and with senior Clay Gerdeman (BVC 2nd-Team OL) and junior Rylie Spangler (BVC 3rd-Team OL) back in the trenches, the Vikings may need to look rushing game again in 2018.  Leipsic will have to fill a big gap on the offensive line in Corey Plassman (graduated).  Plassman was a 1st-Team lineman in the conference last year.  Brayden Niese (graduated) was Leipsic’s top running back in 2017 with 476 yards on 86 carries and seven touchdowns while senior Gavin Lomeli will be back after tallying 175 yards on 33 carries in four games last year.  While the Vikings could move the ball on the ground last season, the biggest reason they needed to was because they were without the services of their starting quarterback for the second half of the season.  Dylan Schroeder (senior) started 12 games during his sophomore season and had six starts in 2017 as a junior.  Schroeder tossed six touchdowns and had 852 passing yards while adding another 254 yards and three scores with his legs last season.  Junior Drew Liffick picked up the QB role for five games passing for 474 yards and six touchdowns.  Senior Cole Rieman, 1st-Team BVC wide receiver, will be one of Schroeder’s top targets in 2018.  Rieman had 34 receptions for 457 yards and four touchdowns as a junior.  Defensively, Rieman (5 INT’s) earned a 3rd-Team BVC award as a defensive back while Tyler Gillespie (graduated) was a 2nd-Team nominee at the same position with five interceptions.  Defensive linemen Noah Puente (graduated) and Victor Sanchez (graduated) were 1st-Team and 3rd-Team winners on the line while Niese was named to the 1st-Team BVC list of line-backers.  Junior Cole Williams (35 solo tackles, 82 overall) and Alec Schroeder (graduated, 35 solo tackles) led the team in tackles.

Findlay Liberty-Benton – Led by one of the toughest defenses in Northwest Ohio in 2017, the Eagles look to stay on top of the BVC after going 12-2 (7-1 BVC) last season.  Finishing its season with a loss to Marion Local in the State semi-finals, Liberty-Benton will get back to work in 2018 trying to replace 16 seniors that provided the majority of the Eagles’ offensive and defensive production. on the strength of its defense that gave up less than 10 points a game during the regular season in 2017.  The Eagles’ backfield recorded a league high 17 interceptions led by Will Poling’s four picks while Justin Risner and A.J. Dobbins each had three.  All three of those defenders are gone from graduation.  Dobbins also led the team and league in tackles. Offensively, Liberty-Benton averaged over 40 points a contest while its rushing and passing stats were fairly even.  The Eagles ran for 1,876 yards while adding another 1,589 through the air.  Conor Greer (graduated) led the team in points with 14 touchdowns (84 points) while Poling had ten touchdowns while adding 25 catches for 516 yards.  Austin May, who the Eagles also lost to graduation led the conference in completion percentage (67.8%) while amassing 1,573 passing yards and throwing for 19 touchdowns.  May also ran for 526 yards.

McComb – While losing some key players to graduation, McComb should be able to pick up close to where it left off last season as it looks to return to its ninth consecutive playoff appearance and its 15th appearance since 2000.  As the top rushing team in the conference last season (2,308 yards) the Panthers were led by Kheaghan Loe’s 775 yards on 95 carries for 11 touchdowns.  Loe was named to the BVC 1st-Team as a back during his junior season. Corey Swisher (graduated) had 75 carries for 467 yards and eight scores last season while Cameron Morris (graduated) added 370 yards on 84 carries.  Morris also tossed 15 touchdowns and threw for 1,147 yards.  The Panthers will also have to replace Clay Santos (63 rushes, 560 yards, 8 TDs) and 1st-Team BVC offensive lineman Currie Christian (also 3rd-Team BVC defensive lineman).  McComb finished the season by averaging over 38 points a game.  Two other key returning offensive players for the Panthers will be 2nd-Team BVC receiver Tanner Schroeder (25 catches, 404 yards) who also accounted for 35 PATs and one field goal, along with 2nd-Team BVC offensive lineman Kyle Wasson (junior).  On the defensive side of the ball McComb gave up just over 14 points a contest while holding opponents to a conference best 206 yards a game.  Up front the Panthers surrendered just 937 rushing yards as Christian held the offense in check as did Brice Markel (senior) with 49 solo tackles (114 overall), Tristan Sherick (senior) with 44 solo tackles (97 overall), Andrew Smith (senior) 38 solo tackles (92 overall), and Justin Wasson (graduated) with 31 tackles (63 overall).  The defensive backfield had stellar performances from Michael Rey (graduated) who intercepted five passes and Schroeder who added another five interceptions for the Panthers.

North Baltimore – The Tigers are coming off a winning season that showed they had the ability to put up points.  Unfortunately, the defense also showed that it was susceptible as well.  North Baltimore scored 356 points as Brady Rader (senior) used his arm to help the Tigers put up 2,487 passing yards while the team led the conference in yards per game with 418.5.  Rader was nominated as a 3rd-Team BVC Quarterback in 2017 throwing for 30 touchdowns and completing nearly 60-percent of his passes.  One of Rader’s favorite targets was 3rd-Team wide receiver Levi Gazarek (junior).  Gazarek had 41 receptions for 758 yards and nine touchdowns while David Patterson (graduated) recorded 42 catches for a conference high 869 yards and 12 scores.  Patterson earned BVC 1st-Team honors as a receiver and also was a 3rd-Team nominee as a linebacker.  Another horse the Tigers relied heavily on last season was Kole Wymer (graduated).  Wymer had 143 rushes for 1,052 yards and 13 touchdowns finishing as the fifth highest running back in conference play and added 30 receptions for 355 yards and five scores.  Between Gazarek and Wymer, the two combined to score 190 of the team’s 356 points.  North Baltimore’s offense benefited from the play of Noah Cotterman (graduated) who was a 3rd-Team BVC offensive lineman in 2017.  On the other side of the ball the Tigers gave up 31.6 points a game and 337.5 yards a game, the second worst in the conference.  One of their bright spots was Adam Flores (graduated) who finished with three interceptions and earned a 3rd-Team nomination for the conference as a defensive back.  Clayton Heineman (junior) led North Baltimore in tackles with 92.5 (81 solo) while Patterson had 85 tackles (77.5 solo).

Pandora-Gilboa – Perhaps the biggest surprise in the BVC last season was Pandora-Gilboa’s success following a 3-7 season in 2016.  Not many picked the Rockets to finish towards the top of the pack and certainly, not many predicted a playoff run which resulted in two post-season victories before falling in the third round against Norwalk St. Paul.  A major part of PG’s success was the play of returning quarterback Jared Breece (senior).  Breece completed over 62% of his passes while taking care of business for 23 touchdowns, 1,818 yards, and just six interceptions.  Breece was named to the BVC-2nd Team as QB.  Unfortunately, Breece will be without his favorite target as BVC-1st Team wide-receiver, Carter Nofziger graduated following a phenomenal season in which he hauled in a conference high 59 catches for 780 yards and ten touchdowns.  Nofziger also punted for the Rockets (38.2 yards per kick) and was a 1st-team all BVC defensive back.  One receiver returning that played a big impact during the season was Travis Maag (senior).  Maag, BVC-3rd Team receiver, had 19 catches for 487 yards and six touchdowns.  On the offensive line, Pandora-Gilboa loses Ethan Steiner (2nd-Team BVC) and Andrew Buess (3rd-Team BVC) while senior George Zebulon (2nd-Team BVC) returns for one more season. The Rockets averaged 381.4 yards a contest (1,914 rushing, 1900 passing) in 2017.  Pandora-Gilboa’s defense will also need to replace several key defenders as Joshua Shartell (2nd-Team defensive line), Justin Risner (2nd-Team defensive back), and Joshua Wauters (2nd-Team defensive back) all graduated following a season in which the Rockets gave up 15.7 points a contest and 252 yards a game.  Maag (2nd-Team defensive line) and senior Riley Larcom (3rd-Team linebacker) will look to provide the defensive leadership.  Larcom recorded three interceptions and 48 solo tackles.

Riverdale – Finishing at the .500 mark last season the Falcons found themselves in the middle of the pack in BVC play in both offense and defense.  To mention the Falcons in 2017 separate from the name Aidan Loveridge would nearly be impossible.  Loveridge, who graduated this past spring, led the entire conference in scoring with 22 touchdowns and finished with 134 points.  Having accumulated 1,212 rushing yards as a senior Loveridge was named to the BVC 2nd-Team as a running back.  Loveridge was also responsible for 413 receiving yards on 20 catches.  Defensively, Loveridge led Riverdale with 106 tackles, 63 of them solo and 18 accounting for loss.  That earned Loveridge a 2nd-Team nomination as a linebacker as well. Behind center, another Loveridge left a sizeable mark on the 2017 season as Alec Loveridge (senior) completed slightly over 50-percent of his passes while airing out 1,284 passing yards and recording 12 touchdowns against five interceptions.  Loveridge’s top receiver last season was Gage Murphy, who will also return for his senior campaign in 2018.  A 3rd-Team wide receiver in the conference, Murphy was the beneficiary of 24 catches for 529 yards and seven touchdowns.  Perhaps Riverdale’s biggest struggle last season was in the turnover category as it lost 12 fumbles, the most in the conference.  Add to that being the third highest penalized team and the Falcons appeared to have to work against the grain most of the season.  On the defensive side of the ball, Justyn Scott (senior) will be Riverdale’s biggest returning factor after recording 60 tackles (23 solo) his junior season.  The Falcons will need other defenders to pick up a lot of the load as well as Ethan Hayes (58 tackles, 23 solo) and Wayne Frey (three interceptions) are both graduated.

Van Buren – The Black Knights were perhaps a game away from reaching the playoffs last year and their opening season loss to Carey by the score of 12-7 may have done the damage.  While Van Buren was the second best rushing team in the conference with 1,964 yards on the ground, its youth behind center struggled.  The Black Knights mustered just 557 passing yards behind the play of Landon Forsyth (junior) and Steven Franks (sophomore).  Forsyth tossed for 357 yards in six games of action while Franks played in four contests and had 148 yards passing.  Both had three touchdown passes.  With the majority of its offense coming on the ground, it is impressive that Van Buren lost only one fumble the entire season.  Jacob Leal (graduated) earned BVC 1st-Team recognition as he racked up over 1,000 rushing yards and finished with 16 touchdowns on the season.  Khail Fasone tacked on another 363 yards on the ground as Fasone and Leal account for the majority of the Black Knight’s rushing yards.  Fasone also played a key role on the team’s defense that finished third best in the conference giving up just over 208 yards a game.  Fasone was placed on the BVC 2nd-Team as a linebacker.  Nick Beitzel (graduated) led Van Buren with four interceptions and Codi Leonard (graduated) recorded 64 tackles (35 solo) to lead his squad.  Two other key players that graduated from last year’s team were Matthew Iliff (1st-Team offensive line, 3rd-Team linebacker) and Clay Noblit (1st-Team defensive line).

Vanlue – The Wildcats mustered just one victory, a 43-0 win over Horizon Science in week two of last season.  Troy Ward (graduated) was one of Vanlue’s bright spots on defense as Ward earned a BVC 3rd-team nomination as a defensive lineman as he recorded 62.5 tackles with 33 being solo tackles and 9.5 for loss.  The Wildcats were shutout four times in 2017 and averaged just ten points a contest and a conference low 169.5 yards a game on offense.  Offensively, Treg Price led the team in scoring with nine touchdowns.  Price carried the ball 333 times for 1,205 yards while Vanlue finished with a total of 1,695 yards on offense during the 2017 campaign.

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