Posted by Fred Steiner on October 23, 2016 - 7:37pm
By Sam Brauen
Crestview showed up in a big way in the second quarter ripping off 28 unanswered points on their way to a 41-21 Northwest Conference victory over Bluffton.
Dakota Bricker scored two first quarter touchdowns to stake Bluffton to a surprising 14-6 lead. From there the Knights took to the ground and pounded the Pirates into submission. Crestview clinched a playoff spot with the win and improved to 6-3. Bluffton dropped their fifth consecutive contest and fell to 3-6. The Pirates will close their season against Columbus Grove Friday evening.
The Bluffton University football team welcomed Manchester University on a windy but comfortable Saturday, Oct. 22. The Beavers improved to 6-1 (4-1 HCAC) on the season after a convincing 34-6 victory. The Spartans remain winless, dropping to 0-7 (0-5 HCAC).
Both teams win conference crowns; Antony Kingsley boys' player of the year; Steve Smucker, boys' coach of the year
Posted by Fred Steiner on October 19, 2016 - 4:17pm
2016 is Bluffton High School’ year for soccer in the Northwest Conference. Both boys’ and girls’ team won NWC titles and finished unbeaten in conference play. And, the all-Northwest Conference teams are loaded with Pirates.
Senior Antony Kingsley, was named the 2016 boys’ soccer Northwest Conference Player of The Year and boys’ coach Steve Smucker was named Coach of the Year.
Kingsley was a unanimous selection as player of the year in a vote where coaches could not vote for their own players.
Next tourney opponent Saturday; BHS faces winner of Mansfield Christian/Ashland Crestview game
Posted by Fred Steiner on October 18, 2016 - 10:29pm
Bluffton hosted the Allen East Mustangs for the second time this year in the Division III sectional semifinal game on Tuesday night.
Both teams battled significant wind on Steinmetz Field in front of a packed stadium.
The score was 0-0 at the end of the first half, but the the Lady Pirates managed to land goal 1 at the 33 minute mark of the second half, when Sophomore Averey Rumor played the ball up to Senior Sarah Theisen, who dribbled up field and hit the back of the net.
Posted by Fred Steiner on October 18, 2016 - 2:37pm
By Sam Brauen
Ada and Bluffton came into their Week 8 matchup headed in two different directions.
The Bulldogs had won three straight contests while the Pirates found themselves on the short side of the scoreboard the last three weeks. The game was tight for a half before Ada pulled away in the third quarter for a 38-14 victory.
Both defenses stood tall in the first quarter. Bluffton forced a turnover on downs on Ada’s first possession. On Ada’s next possession, the pass happy Bulldogs attempted a halfback pass.