The high school football regular season is halfway over as week six is coming up on Friday…but lots of long-time streaks came to an end this past Friday.

First, the highlight game saw Antwerp pick up its first win over Tinora since October 17, 2003, as the Archers defeated the Rams 20-14 this past Friday. It is also the first road win for the Archers over the Rams since October 13, 2000.

Secondly, Paulding also broke a long-term winless streak as the Panthers defeated Fairview 29-10 Friday for their first victory since October 30, 2020, when the Panthers defeated Edon 56-50 in double overtime. It is also the first maroon and white road win since October 16, 2020, a 31-21 victory over Hardin Northern.

In combination with Wayne Trace’s 40-6 victory over Hicksville on Friday, this past Friday marked the first Friday night since October 29, 2010, that all three county schools won on the same evening. On that night, the Archers defeated Holgate 48-10 while the Panthers got past Crestview 36-22 and the Raiders beat Ayersville 49-28.

This past Friday is also the first time all three county schools won on the road on the same night since October 7, 2005. That evening saw Wayne Trace nip Ayersville 15-12, Antwerp escaped past 32-29 in overtime and Paulding whipped Delphos Jefferson 41-0.

Let’s hope for all these streaks and/or time periods that it doesn’t stretch this long the next time….below is a preview of the week six football schedule for Paulding County high school football teams.

Fairview (0-5, 0-2 GMC) at Antwerp (5-0, 2-0 GMC)

This is a tale of two teams headed opposite directions as Antwerp is currently unbeaten atop the GMC standings while the Apaches are winless and tied at the bottom of the league.

The Apaches have scored a total of 36 points offensively in five weeks and have dropped contests to Wauseon (59-7), Leipsic (48-6), Bryan (56-13), Tinora (34-0) and Paulding (29-10). With those five opponents sporting a combined record of 12-13, the back half of the schedule is even tougher for the black and gold. Fairview’s last five opponents are a combined 15-10 at the halfway point of the season.

Meanwhile, Antwerp comes into the game off one of the biggest wins in the program’s history after winning at Tinora Friday night.

The Archers scored a season low 20 points in the victory but did so against one of the premier defenses in northwest Ohio. Antwerp is allowing an average of 12 points per game.

After this week’s game against the Apaches, Antwerp’s last four games come against teams with a combined record of 11-9.

Edgerton (4-1, 1-1 GMC) at Paulding (1-4, 1-1 GMC)

The Bulldogs are coming off their first loss of the season as Edgerton fell to Ayersville 42-22 in Williams County. Edgerton had no answer for Ayersville quarterback Blake Hauenstein, who finished the night 10 of 13 through the air for 124 yards while running for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

Paulding is coming off its first victory of the season as the Panthers pulled away from Fairview for a 29-10 victory. Quarterback Jacob Fife threw for 94 yards, including a pair of touchdowns, and Jesse Shafer ran for 141 yards on 15 carries.

The Panthers are looking to get wins in back-to-back wins for the first time since October 4 and October 11 of 2019 when the maroon and white won at Bluffton (21-9) and over Delphos Jefferson (44-38) at home.

Tinora (3-2, 1-1 GMC) at Wayne Trace (2-3, 1-1 GMC)

When was the last time Wayne Trace played a Tinora team coming off a loss in Green Meadows Conference play? October 17, 2003, when Antwerp defeated the Rams 28-14. When was the last time a Wayne Trace team played Tinora coming off any loss? September 14, 2018, in the GMC opener after Tinora dropped a 13-7 overtime decision to Delta in week three in a season the Rams finished 3-7 overall.

How the Rams respond after a disappointing loss to the Archers could be as much of a factor as anything this Friday when Tinora invades Raider Field. The green and white’s pair of losses come to unbeaten squads Liberty Center and Antwerp while Tinora has wins over Wauseon, Lima Central Catholic and winless Fairview.

The Rams have the second-best running attack in the league, putting up 169 yards per game, and will look to Dallas Dachenhaus to carry the load. Dachenhaus rumbled for 183 yards on 29 carries in the loss to Antwerp and has totaled 329 yards on the season.