Sports Writer

Week six is now in the books as the trio of Paulding County football teams look to week 7. This week brings a pair of squads on the road hoping to rebound from losses while one plays at home looking for its second straight win. Following are previews of each game:

Antwerp (0-6) at Gibsonburg (6-0)

Antwerp faces a tall task in a road trip to Gibsonburg as the Golden Bears come in to the matchup undefeated and battling for a playoff berth in Division VI, Region 23. If the playoffs started today, Gibsonburg would be on the outside looking in as the Golden Bears are currently ninth in the computer rankings behind Green Meadows Conference leading Fairview.

The Golden Bears also will suffer from a schedule that is a combined 8-16 the rest of the way, with only week eight opponent Castalia Margaretta (4-2) having a winning record. Gibsonburg has outscored its opponents 222-48 on the season, including shutouts of winless Woodmore and Danbury. No team has scored more than 14 points on the Golden Bears this year.

Delphos Jefferson (1-5, 0-3 NWC) at Paulding (2-4, 1-2 NWC)

Paulding picked up a 21-9 upset over Bluffton last Friday, recording the county’s first win over an out-of-county opponent this season. The Panthers look to make it two in a row Friday night when they host the Wildcats, who have given up 35 or more points in every game this season.

Delphos Jefferson’s lone victory came in week three, a 38-36 win over Lima Perry, but the Wildcats have been outscored 259-90 in the five losses. Delphos Jefferson scored 70 points in a 74-70 loss to Ada in week five.

Wayne Trace (2-4, 1-2 GMC) at Ayersville (1-5, 1-2 GMC)

The Raiders come into the game looking to finish strong as the hope for at least a .500 season is still there for Wayne Trace.

Despite a loss to Fairview last Friday, Wayne Trace has a legitimate chance still at getting to at least five victories with games against Dayton Jefferson (1-3), Edgerton (5-1) and Hicksville (3-3) left on the schedule. The red, white and blue has to win three of its final four games to get to the .500 mark.

Ayersville broke a five-game winning streak with a 33-18 win over Antwerp last Friday and the Pilots look to make it two in a row this Friday. It was a season high in points scored and a season low in defensive scoring for the Pilots, who were outscored 170-64 in the first five games. All five teams that have beat Ayersville have at least a .500 record or better so far this season.