A look around at Auglaize County’s football match-ups this Friday night:
For full previews of this week’s games around Auglaize County, see today’s FanFare inserted in the newspaper.
Kenton (0-1) at St. Marys (0-1)
The St. Marys football team faces a Kenton team that has won at least a share of the Western Buckeye League title each of the past four seasons in a league opener on Friday night at Skip Baughman Stadium.
Kenton junior quarterback Grant Sherman threw for 288 yards and three TDs in his first start after taking over for the graduated Maty Mauk in a 41-22 loss to Coldwater last week.
Kenton wide receiver Justin Sawmiller made 16 catches for 178 yards and two touchdowns against the Cavs.
“It looks like they’ve not missed a beat,” St. Marys head coach Greg Phillips said.
St. Marys lost 10-7 in overtime last week to Sidney. Phillips said his team will have to tackle well in space to have a shot against the defending state runner-up.
Last week, St. Marys linebacker Jarrett Taylor had 12 tackles and a sack to lead the Roughrider defense.
Rider running back Jared Knous had a big game, rushing for 40 yards and a score, had 76 yards receiving and intercepted a pass to end regulation.
Wapak (1-0) at Elida (1-0)
One of the marquee games of last season in the WBL ended with the Redskins’ getting a 29-18 win over Reggie McAdams and the Bulldogs. While a lot of the key players have graduated from that game, it’s still a key early tilt in the WBL standings for both teams.
Zach Schmerge rushed for 133 yards on 15 carries for Wapakoneta in a 49-13 win over Bellefontaine last week.
Elida had little trouble in a trip to Piqua last week, leaving with a 30-7 victory. Elida’s defense held Piqua to under 85 total yards of offense.
Elida got solid play from sophomore quarterback Clark Etzler in his first varsity start. He accounted for three TDs, two of them rushing.
Lehman Catholic (0-1) at Minster (1-0)
Minster came into this season with high expectations after bringing back most of its skill-position players from a season ago. They looked the part of a solid team on Friday when they dismantled Fort Loramie for the third time in the last 12 months, 28-0.
Lehman Catholic was shut out by another MAC school — Anna — 14-0 last week.
Minster rolled up 401 yards of total offense last week while the defense held a Fort Loramie offense built on the run to just 108 rushing yards.
Minster’s passing game with Adam Niemeyer, with help from a Troy Kauffman touchdown pass on a throwback pass, went 14 of 17 for 177 yards and three TDs. The running game rushed for seven yards per carry.
Defensive back Jay Eilerman led Minster’s defense with six tackles.
Minster used big plays to pick up a 41-13 win over Lehman Catholic in Week 2 last season.
Fort Loramie (0-1) at New Bremen (0-1)
A pair of teams that will be looking to establish the run and are searching for their first wins will square off.
New Bremen fell to Covington 27-7 last week on the road. Jason McGarahan was pleased with the effort of his kids in his first game at New Bremen, but he is still searching for consistency.
He said his defense has to be ready for a steady dose of Fort Loramie running back Delaunte Thornton.
“They have some pretty good running backs including Thornton. He doesn’t look to run around you but through you. We told our kids that you have to be ready to tackle a guy physical as him. We also can’t let them get behind us because (quarterback (Seth) Guillozet has a pretty good arm.”