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AHS Hosts Northwood In First Playoff Game




 

 

Archbold (10-0) meets Northwood (7-3) at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, for a Division V regional football quarterfi nal at AHS.

The Streaks are making their 10th appearance in postseason play, and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. They have a tournament record of 14-8, and won a state championship in 1988. They finished first in Region 18.

The Rangers are making their sixth appearance in the playoffs, and have a 1-5 record in postseason play. They have never won a state title.

Archbold, ranked fourth in Division V by the Associated Press last week, averaged 41.9 points per game and allowed 10.6 ppg this season. The Streaks’ largest margin of victory was 68 points when they beat Montpelier 76-8, Friday, Oct. 1.

Northwood averaged 33.9 ppg and allowed 11.6 ppg this year. The Rangers’ largest margin of victory was in their final game of the regular season, when they shut out Cardinal Stritch 44-0. It was their second shutout of the season.

To get into the eighth playoff spot of the Region 18 quarterfi nals, Northwood needed to defeat Cardinal Stritch and Liberty-Benton needed to lose to Leipsic, which the Eagles did, 12-7.

Statistical Comparisons

Northwood averages 62.8 yards rushing per game and 223.7 passing yards per game.

Zach Bermejo, a senior halfback, leads the Rangers in rushing. He ran for 1,061 yards this season on 126 carries, for an average of 8.4 yards per carry. He also ran for 19 touchdowns.

Michael Prothero, a senior linebacker, ran for 375 yards this season on 69 carries, an average of 5.4 yards per carry. He also ran for eight TDs.

Erik Russell, the Rangers’ senior quarterback, was 54- 107 in passing for 628 yards and two touchdowns. He had six interceptions.

Matt Schlicher leads the receivers with 151 yards on 15 catches, while Bermejo has 130 yards on nine catches and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Northwood has allowed 1,287 rushing yards this season, for an average of 128.7 ypg, and 1,040 passing yards, an average of 104 ypg.

Travis Whitmore, a freshman outside guard, leads the Northwood defense with 139 tackles.

Prothero is next, with 89 tackles this season.

Archbold averages 116.7 ypg rushing and 254.3 passing ypg.

Garrett Morton, the Blue Streak quarterback, leads the Streaks in rushing. He ran for 384 yards this season on 94 carries, for an average of 4.1 yards per carry. He also ran for eight touchdowns.

Tyson Dietrich ran for 294 yards on 43 carries, an average of 6.8 yards per carry. He also ran for six TDs.

Morton is 147-221 in passing for 2,428 yards and 35 touchdowns. He had six interceptions.

Desmond Sleigh leads the receiving corps with 32 catches for 775 yards and 10 touchdowns. He averages 24.2 yards per catch.

TJ Gerken is next with 502 yards on 29 catches and 10 TDs, an average of 17.3 yards per catch, while Noah Keefer has 329 yards on 28 catches and six touchdowns, an average of 11.8 yards per catch.

Danny Young has 296 yards on 20 receptions and two touchdowns, for an average of 14.8 yards per catch. Tyson Dietrich has 267 yards on 13 catches with six TDs, for an average of 20.5 yards per catch.

Aaron Bontrager kicked 54 PATs (points after touchdowns) and one field goal for 57 points.

Defensively, Archbold has allowed 1,824 rushing yards this season, for an average of 182.4 ypg, and 491 passing yards, an average of 49.1 ypg.

Keefer leads the Blue Streak defense with 87 tackles. Clay Giesige has 72; Chandler Tuckerman has 59.

History

Archbold has played Northwood twice in the history of AHS football.

The Rangers beat the Streaks 2-0 in 1969. It is recorded as an opponent’s lowest winning score against an Archbold team.

Archbold won the 1970 rematch 42-0. Tim Grieser scored four rushing touchdowns in the victory.

Other Region 18 Teams

Also making the playoffs in Region 18: 2.
Collins Western Reserve, 10-0, ranked sixth in D-V poll; 3.
Patrick Henry, 9-1, ranked ninth in D-V poll; 4.
Lima Central Catholic, 9-1; 5.
Tinora, 10- 0, ranked eighth in D-V poll; 6.
Columbia, 9-1; 7.
Hillsdale, 9-1.

Thirty-seven schools finished the regular season with undefeated records, all of which made the playoffs. It is the most undefeated teams in a season since the playoffs expanded in 1999.

Five of the six champions from 2009 are returning to defend their state titles.

Youngstown Ursuline is the defending D-V state champion.

The Fighting Irish finished the season ranked first by the AP.

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