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Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 11 - 2018

Well if it wasn’t for damn Hardin Northern I would’ve had my first spotless week. This is where the going gets tough though. There’s no cake walk games in the playoffs. You got to give it 110%. You need to leave everything on the field. Is that enough clichés? Probably. Let’s get to my final picks piece of the season!


Last week: 12-1, Overall, 65-10


LEXINGTON vs TIFFIN COLUMBIAN - Tiffin Columbian’s two losses have come to teams that are each one or two seeds in their respective regions (Anthony Wayne and Clyde). While Lexington has just one win against a team above .500. I have to go with TC getting the win.


LOUDONVILLE vs SENECA EAST - Seneca East has just one loss that came to a really good Mohawk team. Loudonville is at .500 but they played games against division IV & V teams all season long for the most part. (8 of 10 games). I’m gonna go with the upset in this one. I’m going with Loudonville. Seneca East is without some of their top players. It may not have mattered going against a winless Buckeye Central team last week, but it will tonight. Give me the Redbirds over the Tigers.


FAIRVIEW vs GIBSONBURG - Like Seneca East, Gibsonburg’s one loss came against a good Mohawk team. The Golden Bears rebounded and beat their former head coaches new squad, Tiffin Calvert, the following week. Fairview is 7-3 with two of their losses coming to playoff teams in Bryan (7-3) and Edgerton (10-0). Their other loss came against Hicksville who just missed out on the postseason. I’m gonna go with the Golden Bears over the Apaches in this contest.


NORTHWOOD vs HILLSDALE - Not truly a 'local' team, but they're my team so I'm going to talk about them for a second. My Northwood Rangers come into the game at 9-1 with their one loss being to Lemoyne Road rival Lake. That shoot-out with Rossford doesn't look as good since they dropped way off when their quarterback when down with injury. The Rangers benifited by playing in now weaker TAAC with Gibsonburg going to the SBC. They hadn't won a league title since 2013. On the Hillsdale side, they're 8-2 with both losses being to playoff teams in Loudonville and Norwayne. I got to see Hillsdale last year against Liberty-Benton. They return a good chunk of guys from that team. As much as I don't like picking against my school they have just one playoff win in the past nine trips to the postseason. Begrudgingly taking the Falcons over the Rangers. 


PANDORA-GILBOA vs TIFFIN CALVERT - Man, it really doesn’t feel like this should be a round one game. Both these teams are set up to make runs this year. They both lost last year to the same team (Norwalk St. Paul) Calvert in round two and Pandora-Gilboa in round three. Calvert was able to beat a now 9-1 Norwalk team back in week three before they stumbled against Gibsonburg the following week. PG is a perfect 10-0 with their biggest wins coming over Columbus Grove and McComb who are both playoff teams. I just can’t go against PG. Their defense has been so good against even explosive offenses. McComb has averaged around 45 points a game this year and the Rockets held them to just 14 back in week 7. I have the Rockets facing the winner of St. Paul and Edgerton.


LEIPSIC vs MOHAWK - The Vikings come into Sycamore this weekend at 9-1 with that lone loss being to McComb. Their best wins this year have been against Columbus Grove and they had a thriller last week to come back and beat Arlington. Mohawk is perfect on the season with big wins over Gibsonburg, Carey, Seneca East and Wynford. If Leipsic is fortunate enough to get Cole Rieman back then I give them a punchers chance, but if he doesn’t play or does play and isn’t very healthy I don’t see their offense being productive enough against Mohawk. The Warriors have only allowed 21 points over the last 5 weeks. Mohawk over Leipsic.


CAREY vs COLUMBUS GROVE - Game one of my weekend slate so no pick here. The Bulldogs bounced back nicely from a 2-8 record in 2017 to go 7-3 this year. While Carey is week 11 bound for the second straight season. Looks to be a good one out at Columbus Grove tonight.


MCCOMB vs PATRICK HENRY - Game two of my weekend slate so no pick here. But this has to be one of the most senior coaching matchups. Kris Alge from McComb is in his 21st season, and Patrick Henry’s Bill Inselmann is in his 26th. It looks to be a fun matchup!


Be sure to check out the games I’ll be covering this weekend on Friday night I will have Carey vs Columbus Grove, and Saturday night I will have McComb vs Patrick Henry! You can listen to both of those games on Mix 96.7 WBVI FM and online right here:


Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 10 - 2018

Last week was a pretty good one picks wise. I haven’t yet had a perfect week. I know I felt good last week, but I’m feeling great heading into this week. The final week of the regular season! Let’s get this:



Last week: 13-2, Overall, 53-9


NORTH BALTIMORE VS VAN BUREN - Brady Rader will get to go up against his former squad. He’s gonna go off against a defense that given up about 53 points a game. Black Knights big over the Tigers.


LEIPSIC VS ARLINGTON - Winner of this one has a date with Mohawk next week. Leipsic may struggle early. They haven’t been tested since their loss to McComb in week 6. Nonetheless, I’m going with Leipsic continuing their trend of making the postseason.


HOPEWELL-LOUDON VS CORY-RAWSON - Final ever BVC contest for Hopewell-Loudon. I think they go out a winner behind a big game from Sam Stickley.


ARCADIA VS VANLUE - Just one win between these two squads so far this season. Vanlue’s gonna get some points on the board this week. They didn’t score in either of their last two games against Leipsic and Arlington. Arcadia’s one win was against North Baltimore. North Baltimore beat Vanlue. I’ll go with the transitive property for this one. Arcadia over Vanlue.


RIVERDALE VS PANDORA-GILBOA - It’s crazy to me that PG is fighting to get a home game after going 9-0 so far this season, but that speaks to how good their region is this year. Going with the Rockets over the Falcons.


GENOA VS FOSTORIA - Fostoria had a great win in overtime last week against Rossford. The Genoa Comets are a different animal as the top team in Division V. Comets big over the Redmen.


FINDLAY VS WHITMER - Man it has been a tough season for Findlay. They have a couple overtime losses to start the year and injuries have taken their toll on the team. I gotta go with the Whitmer Panthers tonight.


NORWALK VS TIFFIN COLUMBIAN - Hardest game to pick this week. Both teams at 7-2. Closest thing to a pick 'em this week. I'll take TC.


TIFFIN CALVERT VS LAKOTA - As long as Calvert doesn’t completely overlook the Raiders they will win big. If their region holds they will have a rematch with Norwalk St. Paul who they beat handily in week 3, but St. Paul has always been a power in the postseason. Calvert over Lakota.


UPPER SANDUSKY VS MOHAWK - Mohawk rolls along and ends the season 10-0 and is the top seed in their region.


SENECA EAST VS BUCKEYE CENTRAL - Seneca East is facing a winless Buckeye Central team. Tigers over the Bucks.


CAREY VS COLONEL CRAWFORD - This game could get interesting. Carey is fighting to keep a spot in the postseason, and Colonel Crawford is trying to play spoiler. I’ll take Carey in this one.




UPPER SCIOTO VALLEY VS HARDIN NORTHERN - One of my lone blemishes on the week was Hardin Northern winning in week 9. They are now 4-5 and USV is 2-7. I won’t make that mistake again. Give me the Polar Bears tonight.


LIBERTY-BENTON VS MCCOMB - I won’t pick this one since it’s the game I’ll be calling later tonight. For whatever reason, we didn’t see Kheaghan Loe go anywhere between the white lines last Friday against Hopewell-Loudon. I’m curious if it was injury related or something else.

Be sure to check out the BVC Game of the week tonight on Mix 96.7 WBVI between Liberty-Benton and McComb with Matt Cotman and myself here:


Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 9 - 2018

I had just one mark against me that kept me from my first perfect week of the season. I’ve got a good feeling about this week. Maybe it’s the temperature dropping. Maybe it’s the matchups. Maybe it’s that i haven’t heard the song, Temperature, by Sean Paul in much too long. Let’s get to the games for Week 9!


Last week: 10-1, Overall, 40-7


VAN BUREN vs LIBERTY-BENTON - This should be a fun one. Liberty-Benton has been on a roll to get to 4-4 after starting 0-4. Van Buren has had a very tough schedule facing all the top BVC teams in a row and a non-conference game against Carey to start the year. I’ll take the Eagles over the Black Knights.


CORY-RAWSON vs LEIPSIC - Leipsic will win. Cory-Rawson could keep it interesting for a minute if Tommy Stauffer can make some big plays for the Hornets.


ARLINGTON vs VANLUE - Arlington, big.


RIVERDALE vs ARCADIA - It’s been an emotional week plus for Riverdale and their entire community. I have them getting the win over Arcadia.


PANDORA-GILBOA vs NORTH BALTIMORE - Pandora-Gilboa exploded on the scene last year with a 74-18 win over North Baltimore in week 4 of 2017. I honestly would be surprised if they don’t put up something close to that number. North Baltimore has allowed 77 and 62 points in their last two games. Rockets win big over the Tigers.


FOSTORIA vs ROSSFORD - Fostoria got back on track with a win over Elmwood last week. Rossford is without their starting quarterback and got smacked by Genoa last week. I got Fostoria in this one.


CENTRAL CATHOLIC vs FINDLAY - It’s hard enough playing Central Catholic and Whitmer in the same season. Findlay has to face unbeaten Central Catholic tonight and then Whitmer next week. I don’t have the Irish being upset by the Trojans.


TIFFIN COLUMBIAN vs PERKINS - Perkins has been struggling the past few years and they face a Columbian team fighting for a home game. Gotta take the Tornadoes.


TIFFIN CALVERT vs WILLARD - Much like their Tornado neighbors the Senecas are fighting for a home game in their region which is stacked with the likes of Mohawk, Pandora-Gilboa and McComb among others. Big win for the Senecas over the Crimson Flashes.


MOHAWK vs WYNFORD - Wynford had won every league title and every league game coming into this season. They’ve now lost a few league games, and now their title streak will officially end tonight at the hands of the Mohawk Warriors. They’ll advance to 9-0.


BUCKEYE CENTRAL vs CAREY - Carey is coming off a big win over Wynford. Buckeye Central hasn’t won a game all season. I won’t overthink this one. Gimme the Blue Devils.


COLONEL CRAWFORD vs SENECA EAST - Colonel Crawford is an improved team this year getting to 5-3. They still don’t have enough to take down the Tigers.


LAKOTA vs DANBURY - Neither team having a great season thus far. I’ll take the Raiders of Lakota getting to 4-5.


AND BY POPULAR DEMAND, HARDIN NORTHERN vs WAYNESFIELD-GOSHEN - I’ll use the common opponents to determine this one. Both teams lost badly to Lima Perry. Both teams lost to Elgin. But Waynesfield-Goshen beat Lehman Catholic while Hardin Northern lost to them by 34. I have to go with the Tigers over the Polar Bears.


MCCOMB vs HOPEWELL-LOUDON - I won’t pick this one because it’s the game I will be calling tonight.


On a personal note, this will be my first time back at the Hopewell-Loudon football field since 2011 when they were our one blemish on a 9-1 regular season for my Northwood Rangers my senior year.


Be sure to check out the BVC Game of the week tonight on Mix 96.7 WBVI between McComb and Hopewell-Loudon with Matt Cotman and myself here!


Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 8 - 2018

Last week I took a few too many L’s. I forgot to pick the Findlay vs St. John’s game. I probably would’ve gone with Findlay anyway. I’ll just give myself the extra loss. Let’s get to the picks!


Last week: 7-3, Overall, 30-6


VAN BUREN vs RIVERDALE - I think we will see a lot of points in this game. I’ll go with the Black Knights by a slim margin.


PANDORA-GILBOA vs CORY-RAWSON - The Rockets remain unbeaten with a big win over the Hornets.


ARCADIA vs ARLINGTON - Arlington bounces back in a big way after falling to Liberty-Benton last week.


NORTH BALTIMORE vs MCCOMB - I would be surprised if McComb doesn’t put up at least 60.


VANLUE vs LEIPSIC - Leipsic, big, again.


FINDLAY vs LIMA SENIOR - Findlay had a rough one against a vaunted pass attack by St. John’s. I have them getting back on track against Lima.


ELMWOOD vs FOSTORIA - Neither team is having a year to remember. Fostoria’s wins have come against Cardinal Stritch (they are somehow at 4-3 now) and Woodmore who’s winless. Elmwood has a win against Rossford and they were competitive against Gibsonburg at the start of the year. It’ll be an ugly game. I have the Royals beating the Redmen.


TIFFIN COLUMBIAN vs BELLEVUE - Columbian had a tough loss to Clyde last week on a game winning field goal. They will win big against 2-5 Bellevue.


TIFFIN CALVERT vs SANDUSKY ST MARY’S - 7 players scored for Calvert last week. I don’t know if that many will score against St. Mary’s of Sandusky, but they will be able to score about as many points this week.


MOHAWK vs BUCKEYE CENTRAL - Mohawk rolls to 8-0 against a winless Buckeye Central squad.


CAREY vs WYNFORD - Wynford won in the regular season, which helped them win the NTAC Title, but Carey got the best of them in the playoffs. Neither team is as good as they were a season ago. I’ll go with Carey over Wynford.


UPPER SANDUSKY vs SENECA EAST  - Seneca East is 6-1 and doesn’t look like they plan on slowing down anytime soon. Tigers over the Rams.


HOPEWELL-LOUDON vs LIBERTY-BENTON - I won’t pick this game since it’s the one I will be calling later today. But I’m excited to see a Liberty-Benton team that has been on a winning streak as of late and I haven’t got to see Sam Stickley play yet. He is leading the BVC in total points by only scoring touchdowns. He has 20 of them. I think I’m in for a treat tonight!

Be sure to check out the BVC Game of the week tonight on Mix 96.7 WBVI between Hopewell-Loudon and Liberty-Benton with Matt Cotman and myself here.


Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 7 - 2018

Okay, so last week there were a few more slip ups than I would like (duh). But this week I have a good feeling about these games. Wait, don’t I think that every week? Let’s get to the picks.


Last week: 11-2, Overall, 23-3


LIBERTY-BENTON vs ARLINGTON - Marshall Rose ran for a school record last week. He doesn’t have that kind of performance against a tough Arlington team. Give me the Red Devils.


CORY-RAWSON vs VANLUE - Vanlue can’t contain Tommy Stauffer. I’ll go with the Hornets over the Wildcats.


LEIPSIC vs ARCADIA - Leipsic, by a lot.


RIVERDALE vs NORTH BALTIMORE - North Baltimore had a chance last week against Cory-Rawson. It should be a fun game, but gotta go with the Falcons over the Tigers.


HOPEWELL-LOUDON vs VAN BUREN - Van Buren won 45-41


Game was played yesterday in order to allow the Hopewell-Loudon community to attend the funeral of former student, Kenadee Sibenaller. I was able to see her play basketball a few times last season, and she was one of the toughest players I saw on the court last season regardless of gender. May she rest in peace.




FOSTORIA vs LAKE - Fostoria showed some promise in the first half against Eastwood. Lake’s two losses have been to Genoa and to Archbold. Teams that will make the postseason. Going with the Flyers.


TIFFIN COLUMBIAN vs CLYDE - I’ve picked against Tiffin Columbian the last two weeks. I’ve been wrong on them the last two weeks. Going with the Tornadoes over the Fliers.


TIFFIN CALVERT vs DANBURY - The Senecas struggled early against the Polar Bears last week. That won’t be the case this week. Calvert wins big.


SENECA EAST vs CAREY - Blaine Swartzmiller already has over 1,000 yards rushing. Carey won’t be able to contain him the whole night. Going with the Tigers over the Blue Devils


MOHAWK vs BUCYRUS - Mohawk rolls to 7-0 along with whoever wins between...


MCCOMB VS PANDORA-GILBOA - I won’t pick this game since this is the game I am calling tonight. Something has to give. Pandora-Gilboa hasn’t been scored on since week 2, and McComb’s lowest output this year was last week when they (only) scored 38. Should be a fun one tonight!


Be sure to check out the BVC Game of the week tonight on Mix 96.7 WBVI between McComb and Pandora-Gilboa with Donovan Mann and myself here


Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 6 2018

Last week I was nearly perfect on my picks. I didn’t see the Sailors getting thumped by the Tornadoes. Nonetheless, enough beating around the bush. Here are this week’s picks:


Last week 11-1


LIBERTY-BENTON vs RIVERDALE - Closer game than it should be on paper. I’m going with Riverdale, but I’m not all that confident about it.


NORTH BALTIMORE vs CORY-RAWSON - Both teams with just one win apiece. I don’t see North Baltimore limiting the current BVC leading rusher, Tommy Stauffer. Going with Cory-Rawson.


ARLINGTON vs VAN BUREN - Man, Van Buren has gone through a gauntlet. McComb, Leipsic and Pandora-Gilboa. It doesn’t get easier against Arlington. I’ll go with the Red Devils over the Black Knights


ARCADIA vs PANDORA-GILBOA - Pandora-Gilboa will get it into a running clock situation and try to stay healthy one week before a possible BVC title game against McComb in a week.


HOPEWELL-LOUDON vs VANLUE - One of these teams has Sam Stickley. One of them does not. I am going with the team that does. Give me the Chieftains big.


FINDLAY vs CLAY - Things will be different for the Trojans the second half of the season since they will play without starting quarterback, Tanner Rickle. Clay though is also on their back-up at quarterback. I’ll go with the Trojans over the Eagles.


FOSTORIA vs EASTWOOD - Eastwood made the State Title game in 2017 and took it to overtime. They lost a lot of talent from last year’s team, but they are still a very good team. Eastwood will prevail.


CAREY vs UPPER SANDUSKY - It should be an interesting one at Memorial Field. Each team comes in at 3-2. I’ll take the Blue Devils over the Rams.


MOHAWK vs COLONEL CRAWFORD - Mohawk keeps rolling after having a close one with Seneca East. The Warriors will get to 6-0.


SENECA EAST vs WYNFORD - Since the Northern Ten Athletic Conference started back in 2014 Wynford has won the conference every season. They’ve also never lost a regular season league game (lost to Carey in the playoffs in 2017). I have the Tigers taking down the Royals and handing them their first ever regular season league loss.


TIFFIN COLUMBIAN vs SANDUSKY - Sorry, Tiffin Columbian, I don’t have them winning against an unbeaten Sandusky team. They were my one miss a week ago. Let’s see if lightning strikes twice in the same spot.


TIFFIN CALVERT vs MARGARETTA - The Senecas got back on track against Fremont St. Joe’s. I don’t see them losing again until the postseason.


LAKOTA vs GIBSONBURG - Lakota is starting to get back on the right track, but they won’t take down a team that’s one blemish against them was by an undefeated Mohawk team. Give me the Golden Bears.


MCCOMB vs LEIPSIC - I won’t pick a winner for this game since it’s the game I’m calling tonight, but if McComb has as many issues with penalties as they did against Arlington then Leipsic will make them pay.

Be sure to check out the BVC Game of the week tonight on Mix 96.7 WBVI between McComb and Leipsic with Matt Cotman and myself here:


Lance's Football picks

It's never too late to start something, right? When I was apart of our pregame coverage for high school football I got to make picks every week before we went to our game coverage. (Side note, you should listen to the NWO Orthopedics Psych Up Show from 6-6:48 on ESPN 1430 AM / 105.7 FM WFOB and Mix 96.7 WBVI)


Needless to say I miss making picks. Here are my picks for week 5:


VAN BUREN vs PANDORA-GILBOA - Gotta go with Pandora-Gilboa. Van Buren will make this one exciting just as they did last week against Leipsic


LIBERTY-BENTON vs NORTH BALTIMORE - Liberty-Benton lost their first two games of the year by one. They started their BVC slate with two teams that are still unbeaten (Leipsic and P-G). They get win number one tonight.


CORY-RAWSON vs ARCADIA - Going with Cory-Rawson in this one. Although, Arcadia does have some athletes that could help this one be close.


VANLUE vs RIVERDALE - Riverdale struggled against McComb last week. They right the ship against Vanlue.


HOPEWELL-LOUDON vs LEIPSIC - Leipsic showed me in their games against Liberty-Benton and Van Buren how great they can be in stretches. They will beat Hopewell-Loudon, but they have to expand their run game beyond Gavin Lomeli who is second in the BVC in carries.


FINDLAY vs ST. FRANCIS - The Knights are back and competitive for the first time in several years. The Trojans have had some of the worst luck to start this year. They change their luck and win at the Glass Bowl tonight.


FOSTORIA vs WOODMORE - The Redmen were without some of their best players against a very good Otsego team. They need this one before they travel to Eastwood and Lake the following two weeks. Give me the Redmen.


TIFFIN COLUMBIAN vs VERMILLION - Columbian has been impressive after going winless in 2017. They face a Vermillion team that is in the top half of the SBC. I have the Sailors over the Tornadoes by single digits.


TIFFIN CALVERT vs FREMONT ST. JOES - Calvert has a bad taste in their mouths after a two point loss to Gibsonburg (Coach Steve Reser's old squad). I have the Senecas winning big on Saturday.


SENECA EAST vs MOHAWK - One of the biggest games in the area and the other one featuring 4-0 teams (McComb and Arlington). I'm going with the Warriors over the Tigers and we're gonna see a good game from Warriors QB Keith Jenkins


LAKOTA vs SANDUSKY ST. MARY’S - I've got the Raiders in a close one over the Panthers.


MCCOMB ARLINGTON - I won't pick this game since this will be the one I'm broadcasting. Should be an exciting one that could determine who wins the BVC


And be sure to check out the BVC Game of the week tonight on Mix 96.7 WBVI between McComb and Arlington with Matt Cotman and myself here.




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