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Streaks Face 10-0 Liberty-Benton In Opening Round Of Playoffs




The Archbold Blue Streaks travel to Liberty-Benton High School, Friday, Nov. 2, to face the Liberty-Benton Eagles in the opening round of the Division V football playoffs.

The Eagles, under Tim Nichols, head coach, finished the regular season with a 10-0 record. They are making their fifth consecutive playoff appearance.

The Streaks, under John Downey, head coach, are making their first playoff appearance since 2002.

The Eagles play in the Blanchard Valley Conference.

Quarterbacks

Aaron Craft is the quarterback for the Eagles. A sophomore, Craft passed for 1,812 yards this year, completing 143 of 202 attempts and 22 touchdowns.

He also led the team in rushing, with 881 yards on 119 carries and 13 touchdowns.

On the defensive side look for Craft to pull double duty; he led the team in interceptions this season, with five.

Gene Goering, AHS quarterback, passed for 2,746 yards this year, completing 174 of 272 attempts and 29 touchdowns. Goering also led the Streaks in rushing, with 599 yards on 130 carries and 19 touchdowns.

Passing/Rushing

Right behind Craft is Brandon Pickett, a junior who rushed for 793 yards on 131 carries and nine touchdowns.

Look for the Eagles to mix the run and the pass, as the receiving core has a solid group. Senior Joel Waldman leads the way with 645 yards on 43 receptions and nine touchdowns. Senior Cody Crawford hauled in four touchdowns in 29 catches and racked up 331 yards.

Kerry Cramner is next with 239 yards on 16 catches and three touchdowns in seven games.

Then throw Justin Hyde, Ryan Cook and Pickett into the mix; each racked up at least 150 yards receiving.

For Archbold, David Rupp is second to Goering in rushing. He ran for 194 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns. Jacob Fidler rushed for 185 yards on 41 carries and three touchdowns.

Jimmy Dunning is Goering’s top receiver. He caught 65 passes for 902 yards and 11 TDs this season. Fidler is right behind him, catching 46 passes for 835 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Jack Downey, Rupp, Ian Redd, and Colton Martinez each had at least 150 yards receiving this season.

Offensively the Eagles average 35.9 points per game; on the defensive side they give up just 9.1 ppg.

The Blue Streaks average 41 ppg on offense and give up 28 ppg on defense.

The Eagle defense allowed just 98.4 yards rushing per game and 113.5 yards passing per game.

Archbold’s defense allowed 224.5 yards rushing per game and 102 yards passing per game.- Scott Schultz


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