It was a struggle of a week in high school football for the Paulding County trio of teams as the three squads combined to be outscored 146-26 on Friday night. However, the three squads also faced teams that featured an overall record of 12-2, including unbeaten squads in Fairview and Tinora.

This week features the first of what could be up to three rivalry games when Antwerp makes the trip south and east to battle Wayne Trace at Raider Field. Meanwhile, Paulding stays at home on Friday as the Panthers welcome in Bluffton to Keysor Field.


The Pirates have shown the ability to score, putting up 62 points on Friday in a win over Delphos Jefferson along with scoring 48 in a win over Ada on September 11.

However, defense is an issue for Bluffton as those same Pirates have given up at least 41 points in every game this season. Bluffton has allowed 189 points over their four games overall, an average of 47 per contest.

Paulding enters the contest looking to find its offense as the Panthers have been limited to 14 points or less three times this year, including a 49-0 loss to Edgerton on Friday.

Defensively, the maroon and white allow an average of 42 points per game so it could be a high scoring affair at Keysor Field.

ANTWERP (0-5, 0-4 GMC) AT WAYNE TRACE (2-3, 1-3 GMC)

Wayne Trace did something no one else has been able to do on Friday as the Raiders scored 21 points on a Tinora defense that had not allowed a point through week four.

The Raiders showed bright spots despite the loss to the Rams and Wayne Trace will look to build on those bright spots when the Archers come to Raider Field. It is also Homecoming Night for Wayne Trace.

In its three losses, Wayne Trace has given up 45 points per game while scoring 14. In the two wins, the Raiders have scored 28 points a night while giving up ten.

Antwerp is giving up 39 points per game overall, including consecutive losses to Fairview and Tinora. The Archers are sure to head to Raider Field focused and ready to play against their biggest rival.