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Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 8 - 2019

Week eight really is when you see who will be true contenders and what teams fall by the wayside. Why waste time? Let’s get into this week’s picks!

 

Record this season: 70-23 overall, 11-3 in week 7

 

Fostoria vs Genoa - Really tough loss for Fostoria last week. They will rebound against a Genoa team that’s down for the first time in more than a decade.

 

Arcadia vs North Baltimore - I have a feeling we’ll see a lot of offense in this game. Last season they combined for 100 some total points. I don’t think we see quite that output tonight. North Baltimore will have a couple highlight plays, but they won’t have enough. Taking Arcadia in this game.

 

Pandora-Gilboa vs Arlington - Lots of fun games in the BVC this week. Arlington’s offense has been a lot more fluid once they gave Connor Foust more touches. I will take the Red Devils over the Rockets. 

 

Vanlue vs Cory-Rawson - Cory-Rawson hasn’t been able to stop much throughout the season. Including giving up 51 to Crestline last week. I’ll go with Vanlue. 

 

Crestline vs Riverdale - Riverdale bounces back after a tough couple of weeks losing to Arcadia on a late field goal and running into a really good Liberty-Benton squad. 

 

McComb vs Van Buren - McComb by a bunch.

 

Wynford vs Carey - Very interesting game in the NTAC. Both teams still fighting for the league crown. Going with Wynford over Carey in this one.

 

Buckeye Central vs Mohawk - Mohawk keeps Buckeye Central winless.

 

Seneca East vs Upper Sandusky - Seneca East rebounds after an overtime loss to Carey.

 

Findlay vs St. John’s - St. John’s has looked amazing this year. They took Central Catholic down to the wire. Taking the Titans over the Trojans.

 

Bellevue vs Tiffin Columbian - Big SBC game between a 5-2 team and a 6-1 squad. I think we’ll see another close game that the Tornadoes win.

 

Hopewell-Loudon vs Danbury - Chieftains big over winless Danbury.

 

Whetstone vs Northwood - Whetstone acts as the replacement game with Toledo Christain playing eight man football this season. They are a division two school from Columbus. They’re 3-4 but those wins are against teams that combine to have just two wins in total. A win here should really help the Rangers who are currently outside of the playoff picture despite behind 7-0.

 

Hardin Northern vs Elgin - I’ll bet it has been a while since Hardin Northern was above .500 for the season. That’ll change after this week.


Liberty-Benton vs Leipsic - I won’t pick this game since it’s the game I’m calling. It should be a fun one! Join Matt Cotman and I live on Mix 96.7 WBVI and online here

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Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 7 - 2019

Week 6 was an interesting one. Things are finally starting to feel like fall. The weather is getting crisper. The leaves are changing. Heck I even went to a pumpkin patch for the first time in like five years. Let’s get into this week’s picks!

 

Record this season: 59-20 overall, 9-5 in week 6

 

Rossford vs Fostoria - Man, the NBC is weird this year. Genoa’s down for the first time in a while. Eastwood remains at the top but both Rossford and Fostoria are the next two teams to look out for. This seems to be a pretty even matchup. I think we’ll see another close game that the Redmen find a way to win.

 

Riverdale vs Liberty-Benton - Riverdale has been fun in spots this season and they’re coming off a tough loss to Arcadia. That doesn’t mean this week will be better for them. Going with LB.

 

Cory-Rawson vs Crestline - It won’t be nearly as bad as it was last week against McComb, but I still have Cory-Rawson falling to Crestline. 

 

Arlington vs Arcadia - Arlington. Big.

 

McComb vs North Baltimore - McComb keeps rolling.

 

Vanlue vs Pandora-Gilboa - Pandora-Gilboa. Massive.

 

Mohawk vs Bucyrus - I’m not sure what to make of this game. Neither team has been very impressive so far this season. I’ll take Bucyrus but I don’t feel great about it. 

 

Carey vs Seneca East - Give me the Tigers rolling to 7-0.

 

Tiffin Calvert vs Danbury - Calvert. Huge.

 

Fremont St. Joe’s vs Hopewell-Loudon - A pair of 2-4 teams that have struggled so far this season. I’ll go with Hopewell-Loudon on a whim.

 

Clyde vs Tiffin Columbian - Both teams started the season 5-1. Clyde’s loss came to start the season while Columbian’s was this past week. Last year TC lost because of a late field goal. I think they remember that well and find a way to get the win.

 

Findlay vs Clay - Findlay is banged up, but so are a lot of teams at this point in the season. I think they get a better flow on offense and take down the Eagles.

 

Northwood vs Montpelier - One team hasn’t scored a point in their last two games. One team has scored at least 50 points each of the last four weeks. I will go with the team that has scored at least 50 for the last four weeks. (Yes, it’s Northwood. I just wanted to be somewhat creative)

 

Hardin Northern vs Lehman Catholic  - Another seemingly close matchup for Hardin Northern. Considering Hardin Northern easily beat Riverside and Lehman Catholic needed OT to do so. I will go with the Polar Bears

 

Van Buren vs Leipsic - I won’t pick this game since it’s the game I’m calling. Join Matt Cotman and I live on Mix 96.7 WBVI and online here 

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Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 6 - 2019

Well I did say what I was going to do coming into week 5. I got better with the picks. In fact, since I only predict the Hardin Northern score weekly for a couple people out there that went there. In my personal record book I had a perfect week 5. Regardless, let’s get into week 6.

 

Record this season: 50-15 overall, 12-1 in week 5

 

Fostoria vs Elmwood - Two teams that have struggled a lot over the last handful of seasons. Elmwood started strong at 2-0 before losing to Northwood, Genoa and Rossford. The loss to Rossford is the most questionable of the three. I’ll take the Redmen.

 

Arcadia vs Riverdale - Riverdale has looked really good the last couple of weeks and I don’t think that changes this week. Going with the Falcons. 

 

Vanlue vs Arlington - Arlington. Huge.

 

Cory-Rawson vs McComb - McComb. Huge.

 

Van Buren vs North Baltimore - Van Buren has dealt with a bunch of injuries and because of that they’ve had a bit of a losing skid. I think North Baltimore will be able to score a little bit, but I think Van Buren wins this one. 

 

Leipsic vs Crestline - Leipsic. By a lot.

 

Carey vs Upper Sandusky - Two teams that have struggled this year. Big rivalry matchup. I’m taking the Rams in this one.

 

Mohawk vs Colonel Crawford - Cleary not the Mohawk team from a season ago. Going with the Eagles.

 

St. Francis vs Findlay - Closer than it looks on paper, but Findlay is banged up and playing with their back up QB. I'll take the Knights.

 

Tiffin Columbian vs Sandusky - Has to be the best game in the area tonight. I will give the slight edge to Columbian. I have a feeling we might see this matchup in November as well.

 

Tiffin Calvert vs Margaretta - Calvert isn’t the same team they were in 2018, but I think they find a way to beat Margaretta.

 

Pymatuning Valley vs Hopewell-Loudon - Hopewell-Loudon was lucky to get this game after Sandusky St. Mary had to drop to playing 8 man football this season. It will be a much needed victory for the Chieftains. 

 

Hilltop vs Northwood - It sure looks like the Rangers are going to go 10-0 once again. 

 

Hardin Northern vs Riverside - Close matchup in this one. I’ll give a slight edge to Hardin Northern in this game.

 

Liberty-Benton vs Pandora-Gilboa - I won’t pick this game since it’s the game I’m calling. Join Matt Cotman and I live on Mix 96.7 WBVI and online here 

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Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 5 - 2019

I thought you were supposed to get better at picks as the season goes on? Well for some reason I’ve been going in the wrong direction. This is the week I turn it around! Now let’s get into the picks for week 5.

 

Record this season: 7-5 in week 4, 38-14 overall

 

Lake vs Fostoria - Both teams have had some rough games this year. I think they are pretty even. I’ll take Fostoria in a close one.

 

Liberty-Benton vs Van Buren - I feel like this could go either way. Last week Van Buren was a little banged up and lost to Riverdale. Because of that I will go with LB getting the win. 

 

Arcadia vs Leipsic - Leipsic is really good. Leipsic will win by a lot. 

 

Crestline vs Arlington - After back-to-back tough losses to Liberty-Benton and McComb I see Arlington getting back on track against Crestline. 

 

Riverdale vs Cory-Rawson - If the Riverdale team that took it to Van Buren shows up for the second week in a row then I see the Falcons winning big. Riverdale will have their handsful trying to stop Deontae' Davis and Tommy Stauffer though. Give me the Falcons over the Hornets. 

 

North Baltimore vs Vanlue - It will be closer than it was a season ago, but I gotta take the Tigers in this one. Vanlue isn’t gonna be able to stop Levi Gazarek.

 

Mohawk vs Seneca East - Mohawk is coming off two straight losses while Seneca East is rolling to start the season. Taking the Tigers over the Warriors.

 

Tiffin Columbian vs Vermillion - Similar to last week, Columbian is 4-0 and Vermillion is 0-4. Vermillion has scored 35 points this season. Columbian scored more than that last week alone. Give me the Tornadoes over the Sailors. 

 

Tiffin Calvert vs Fremont St. Joe’s - Calvert has to right the ship after a 1-3 start to stay in playoff contention. Give me the Senecas.

 

Hopewell-Loudon vs Margaretta - Hopewell-Loudon won in a shootout against Lakota last week for their first win. Meanwhile Margaretta has played some stiff competition in Seneca East and Western Reserve. Going with Margaretta in this one. 

 

Fremont Ross vs Findlay - Big rivalry matchup here. Both teams come in at 1-3. It’s been super close over the last few seasons too. Gotta go with the Trojans getting the win after how they lost to Ross a season ago. 

 

Hardin Northern vs Perry - Hardin Northern is gonna be 4 and 1 after this Friday night. How about that?!

 

Northwood vs Stryker - Stryker is in their second season of Football after not having it for 87 years. Northwood could probably put up 87 points if they really wanted to, but Ken James doesn’t do that unless he wants to prove a point. The Rangers will score at least 60 though.

 

Pandora-Gilboa vs McComb - I won’t pick this game since it’s the game I’m calling. Join Matt Cotman and I live on Mix 96.7 WBVI

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Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 4 - 2019

Week 3 was a wash in more ways than one with the weather across the area on Friday night. I’m sure the weather affected all or almost all of the games, but you know what they say. Both teams had to deal with the elements. Now let’s get into the picks for week 4.

 

Record this season: 10-4 in week 3, 31-9 overall

 

Fostoria vs Eastwood - Fostoria might keep it close for a quarter or so, but Eastwood is just too talented. Give me the Eagles.

 

Vanlue vs Arcadia - I have Vanlue getting to 3-1 on the season. How about that?!

 

Liberty-Benton vs Cory-Rawson - Liberty-Benton grinded out a win last week against Arlington. They won’t need to do that this week. I’m going with LB.

 

Riverdale vs Van Buren - Van Buren rebounds after a tough loss to Pandora-Gilboa. 

 

North Baltimore vs Crestline - Crestline is playing a whole bunch of BVC teams, and they’re going to lose to a whole bunch of BVC teams. Going with the Tigers.

 

Leipsic vs Pandora-Gilboa - Easily the best game in the area. Especially considering these two didn’t get to play last year because of how the schedule worked out. Gonna go with Leipsic though in this one.

 

Mohawk vs Carey - I really didn’t think Carey was going to start the season 0-3. Yet here they are about to be 0-4. Gotta take Mohawk coming off their first regular season loss since 2017.

 

Findlay vs Whitmer - Riley Keller is gonna have himself a game. Going with the Panthers.

 

Tiffin Calvert vs Gibsonburg - Calvert is 1-2 but those losses came to Wynford and Norwalk St. Paul. Two teams that will make the playoffs. But Gibsonburg is 3-0 coming off a good win against Mohawk. Steve Reser lost to his former team last season, and I don’t think he will lose to them two seasons in a row. Going with the Senecas.

 

Tiffin Columbian vs Start - Columbian is 3-0. Start is 0-3. Give me Columbian.

 

Edon vs Northwood - As per tradition the Rangers will open up TAAC play against the Bombers. Edon is on the right track on building their program up, but Northwood’s program has been rolling basically as long as I’ve been alive. Give me my Rangers.

 

Hardin Northern vs Upper Scioto Valley - I think it’ll be a tight one. Both teams come in at 2-1. I’ll take the Polar Bears. (How about that Potter?!) (How about that Colin?!)

 

Arlington vs McComb - Won’t pick this one since it’ll be the game I’m calling tonight. You can join Matt Cotman and I for that tonight on Mix 96.7 WBVI

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Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 3 - 2019

Well week 2 might not have been my best, but in week 3 we know a lot more than we did before. Conference play is starting for some leagues. And boy (or girl) do we have some fun games this weekend!

 

Record this season: 9-4 in week 2, 21-5 overall

 

Fostoria vs Hopewell-Loudon - Such a big game tonight between neighboring schools that have never met on the football field. Fostoria struggled against Oak Harbor and got back on track with a win over Scott. While Hopewell-Loudon struggled against Van Buren and was more competitive in their loss to Mohawk. I think Hopewell will look much better than they did week one, but I have Fostoria finding a way to get the win in Bascom tonight. You can listen to that game tonight on WFOB.

 

Cory-Rawson vs North Baltimore - North Baltimore will have the two best athletes on the field a good amount of times this season. They narrowly lost to Cory-Rawson a season ago. I have North Baltimore getting the win.

 

McComb vs Riverdale - McComb. Huge.

 

Crestline vs Arcadia - Crestline has won a game this season. Arcadia has not. Because of this I will go with Crestline.

 

Leipsic vs Vanlue - It’s awesome for Vanlue to start 2-0 for the first time in about a decade. They are going to feel a little less than awesome after tonight. Leipsic by a lot.

 

Van Buren vs Pandora-Gilboa - A very interesting matchup. Both teams are in a good spot to be contenders in the BVC this season. I think it will be close, but I’m gonna go with Van Buren tonight by single digits. 

 

Mohawk vs Gibsonburg - Both teams made the postseason last season. Both teams come in 2-0. But Gibsonburg didn’t beat Woodmore by a whole lot. Because of that I will go with Mohawk.

 

Crestview vs Carey - I don’t see Carey starting 0-3. Give me the Blue Devils.

 

Norwalk St. Paul vs Calvert - Big playoff implications tonight. Last season Calvert gave St. Paul their only regular season loss. The win helped give Calvert a home playoff game in a stacked Division VII Region 26 last year. While St. Paul had to face a very good Edgerton squad. Calvert’s 1-1 record is somewhat deceiving because they played a Wynford team that will make the playoffs. St. Paul hasn’t played amazing teams to start the year, but they haven’t allowed any points yet. Calvert will score but they won’t win. Give me the Fliers. 

 

Columbian vs Ashland - Columbian is 2-0 while Ashland is 0-2. I’ll take the tornadoes. 

 

Northwood vs Elmwood - A surprisingly fun matchup with both teams being 2-0. Elmwood has beaten North Baltimore and Lakota. Northwood has beaten Woodmore and Lake. I will of course go with my Rangers, but I think it’ll be a fairly close game.

 

Woodmore vs Lakota - Lakota should take care of business against Woodmore, and I believe they will.

 

Findlay vs Marysville - Findlay is 0-2 and Marysville is 2-0, but Marysville is a good matchup for Findlay. Findlay’s defense is better equipped to stop the Marysville running attack. Give me the Trojans tonight.

 

Hardin Northern vs Danbury - Danbury lost to Vanlue so I have a hunch that means they won’t win many games this season. I’ll take the Polar Bears. 

 

Arlington vs Liberty-Benton - Won’t pick this one since it will be the game I’m calling. Join Matt Cotman and I live on Mix 96.7 WBVI

 

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Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 2 - 2019

Back we are for week two! I had a nearly perfect week to start the season going 12-1. My one miss was Vanlue, and they got their first win in 19 games. I’m feeling confident this week. Will that matter? Who knows. Let’s get into the picks for this week.

 

Record this season: 12-1 

 

Fostoria vs Scott - Fostoria struggled last week against Oak Harbor. Scott isn’t as good as Oak Harbor but I still have them beating the Redmen tonight.

 

Hopewell-Loudon vs Mohawk - Hopewell-Loudon struggled against a Van Buren team that might make some noise in the BVC this season. Mohawk lost a ton from their 2018 team. I have the Warriors over the Chieftains. 

 

Arlington vs Ada - Arlington will go into the Liberty-Benton game next week 2-0 and looking for their first win over the Eagles in quite some time. 

 

Carey vs Gallion - Carey is going against a bigger school that defeated them a season ago. I’ll take Gallion tonight.

 

Elmwood vs Lakota - Elmwood started the season strong with a big win over North Baltimore. I think they ride that momentum and start 2-0.

 

Findlay vs Perrysburg - I just have a feeling the Trojans find a way in this one. Their offense won’t be as bad as it was last week.

 

Hardin Northern vs Riverdale - I have Hardin Northern starting 2-0. How about that?!

 

Lake vs Northwood - The score surprised me a bit against Woodmore. I thought it would be a lot more lopsided than it was. Nonetheless Northwood has struggled to start the season multiple times over the last decade plus. The 2008 team just collectively shook their heads. That being said I’m taking my Rangers in the Battle of Lemoyne Road. 

 

Leipsic vs Columbus Grove - Another PCL battle this week for Columbus Grove. This is probably one of the best games of the week. I’ll go with Leipsic but this game feels like it will be super close.

 

Liberty-Benton vs Archbold - Watching Liberty-Benton last week I can safely say they are a much better team than last season. They struggled a bit in the second half, but were able to get the win over Wynford. Archbold though dominated Hicksville. I’ll say LB finds a way on the road to get the win. 

 

Pandora-Gilboa vs Bluffton - Not gonna overthink this one and just follow my instincts. Give me PG.

 

Tiffin Columbian vs Waite  - Columbian had a good win last week against Fremont Ross. I think they continue that trend with a win over Waite.

 

Tiffin Calvert vs Wynford - Huge game. Calvert had a good win over Monroeville. Wynford had a tough loss to Liberty-Benton. Wynford is a really tough team that will compete for the NTAC Title this season. I’ve got the Royals getting back to .500.

 

McComb vs Troy Christain - McComb. Huge.

 

Van Buren vs Otsego - Both teams replace big parts of their teams from 2018. Give me the Black Knights over the Knights.

 

Ayersville vs North Baltimore - Won’t pick this one since it will be the game I’m calling Friday night. You can listen live on Mix 96.7 WBVI starting at 6:50 on Friday!

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Lance's High School Football Picks - Week 1 - 2019

Football is finally back! Yeah Van Buren beat Hopewell-Loudon last night and Whitmer smoked Start, but it really ‘starts’ up tonight. You see what I did there? Okay maybe that wasn’t funny.. 

 

How did i do last year? Regular season (65-10 picking most of the season)

 

Let’s get to the picks:

 

Anthony Wayne vs Findlay - Anthony Wayne didn’t lose until November last season, and Findlay is starting a sophomore at QB. Gonna go with Anthony Wayne tonight.

 

Arcadia vs Hardin Northern - Arcadia has their largest team in some time. Hardin Northern has a first year head coach. But they also have the best player on the field in Owen Wetherill. Going with the Polar Bears tonight.

 

Arlington vs Riverdale - Both teams are very different from last season and they each have a new quarterback. I have Carter Essinger running all over the Riverdale defense and leading Arlington to a win.

 

Carey vs Leipsic - Two playoff teams from a season ago. Leipsic is by a lot of people the favorite in the BVC this season. I’ll take the Vikings over the Blue Devils.

 

Columbus Grove vs Pandora-Gilboa - PG has gotten the best of Grove the last two times they played to open up the season. I have Blake Reynolds and the Bulldogs getting the win tonight.

 

Lakota vs Mohawk - Mohawk is a very different team from last season, but Lakota is still in the process of rebuilding. I’ll take the Warriors over the Lakers

 

McComb vs Delta - McComb is also a very different team from last season. They have a Tanner Schroeder sized hole that is impossible to fill. Yet they find a way to beat Delta tonight.

 

North Baltimore vs Elmwood - Lots of familiarity between Zach Walls and Greg Bishop. Walls coached under Bishop at North Baltimore when he was the head coach of the tigers. Both teams struggled last year. I’ll take Elmwood in this one, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Levi Gazarek does something special and gets a win for North Baltimore.

 

Northwood vs Woodmore - Woodmore didn’t win a game last season. Northwood made the playoffs. Taking my Rangers over the Wildcats.

 

Oak Harbor vs Fostoria - I just don’t see how Fostoria keeps this one from getting out of hand early. Gimme Oak Harbor.

 

Tiffin Calvert vs Monroeville - Calvert handled Monroeville with ease a season ago. I see much of the same tonight.

 

Tiffin Columbian vs Fremont Ross - It should be a very fun game in Fremont tonight. Because I picked against Columbian a lot last year I will go with them this week.

 

Vanlue vs Danbury - If Vanlue wants a win this season they may need to start 1-0. Yet I’m going with the Lakers in this game.

 

Wynford vs Liberty-Benton - I won’t pick this game since it’s the game I will be calling tonight. Join Matt Cotman and I on Mix 96.7 WBVI around 6:50.

 

Thank God Football is finally back!

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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:

http://v6.player.abacast.net/6490

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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.

 

AND BY POPULAR DEMAND

 

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: http://v6.player.abacast.net/6490

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

FINDLAY vs ST JOHN’S -

 

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

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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:http://v6.player.abacast.net/6490

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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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