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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Week 5 Preview: Orrville @ Mansfield Senior

Who: Orrville Red Riders (2-2, 1-0 in OCC) vs. Mansfield Senior Tygers (2-2, 0-1 in OCC)
Where: Arlin Field - Mansfield, OH (Click Here for Map & Directions)
When: Friday September 25th, 7:00pm

All Time Series: Orrville leads 7-5 (Click here for detail)
Last Meeting: 2008 (Orrville won 51-18)
Last Week: Orrville beat Lexington 41-21, Senior lost to Clear Fork 36-6.
Coaches: Tyger coach Jamie Masi is in his second season, his overall record is 4-10. Orrville coach Doug Davault is his fourth season and is 25-12 overall.
On Air: Game will stream online at Click here to listen.

The Basics
The Riders and Tygers square off in what should be a pivotal game for each team. Orrville is seeking their 3rd straight win after an 0-2 start. Senior is trying to avoid a 2nd straight conference loss.

Both teams rank 7th in their respective region's computer a win for either team would pay off as we march towards the playoffs.

For the Riders, they've only won twice in 6 trips to Arlin Field...a testament to the home field advantage to the very unique facility. Senior is certainly a better team at under the shadows of the fire breathing Tyger statue thingy.

I can only think of one matchup in recent memory where the better team failed to win (a 2005 Senior win, 47-37). This time around, The Riders have the clear advantage in all areas....but you just never know which Senior team will show up Friday night.

In Rider wins against the Tygers, the red and white average nearly 40 points per game, and in losses, only 16 ppg. So a high scoring game favors the Red Riders.

Web Presence.
I was plesantly surprised when I stumbled upon TygerFootball.comearlier in the week. It's a very informative website....rosters, stats, schedule, has it all. Very simple and nicely done. All it's missig is contact information. It doesn't seem to be part of a school website. It's so informative that I can't help but think it's run by a coach or close friend of the program. Whoever you are....well done.

Six Three Degrees of The Ohio State University.
Thought this would be fun...let's tie the Orrville Red Riders to the Ohio State Buckeyes through players involved in this game. If you're not familiar with the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game....this won't make any sense.

Regardless...this is so easy, I only need 3 degrees.

Degree #1 - Jamarkus O'neal plays for Mansfield Senior - his brother Jamario played for Ohio St. from 2005-08 as a DB.

Degree #2 - Jamario's teammate in the 2005 and 2006 season was Justin Zwick, who played at Orrville during the 1998 and 99 seasons.

Degree #3 - Justin's teammate at Orrville was lineman Brent Steiner, who is currently on the Rider coaching staff.


Back to the Game.
The Riders are coming off their biggest win of the season, and a dominating running performance against Lexington. I'd like to think that there's nothing getting in the way of the Rider express...but I've seen st'range things happen at Arlin Field. Senior has athletes, but not the "game changers" they've had in years past.

They'll welcome back junior Max Pirman from a collarbone injury, but will go without sophomore starter Mason Monheim (leg) and Senior two-way player Dillon Corbett (shoulder).

Senior has outscored opponents 26-0 in the first quarter so far this season, but has been outscored 102-42 in the other 3 quarters, so keeping Senior from a quick start is key.

Mitchell Tridico and Jamarkus Oneal account for 50% of the Tygers passing attack, led by QB Terrance Deener. Tridico also returns kicks and punts, and has the defense's only interception, so he's clearly their Mr. Everything.

The Rider offense will seek to again top last week's output (from 14 pts in week 1 to 41 last week) and is suddenly developing a reputation as a team that is more than capable of running the ball. Senior QB Joe Besancon and Junior RB Tre Simpson combined for 316 yds of rushing last week against Lexington.

I think the Riders just have too much talent and will not allow a letdown this week. Orrville wins going away....42-13.

Other predictions:
Drew Pastuer's Fantastic 50: Orrville by 14. Orrville 35-17
Daily Record: I'm guessing a clean sweep in favor of the Riders. Maybe one vote against. They learned their lesson last week..:). (Actual: 9-0 Orrville).


Anonymous said...

It's really only one degree of separation. Coach Brent Steiner played at Youngstown State for Coach Jim Tressel, who is currently the head football coach at The Ohio State University.


Red Rider Sports Blog (Tim Snyder) said...


I guess I had to challenge myself.

Good stuff.