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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.




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


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