By DOUG DONNELLY
EDON – It’s hard enough to prepare for an opponent in a week. Edon and Whiteford had about 72 hours to get ready for each other for a non-league battle Friday at 7 p.m.
It’s the first meeting ever between the two schools and looks like a great matchup on paper.
Edon is 3-1 and features a high-powered offense that already has passed for more than 1,800 yards season while the Bobcats are ranked No. 2 in Michigan’s Division 8.
“We are looking forward to the matchup between our up-and-coming program and a perennial power such as Whiteford,” Bomber coach Bob Olwin said.
The game will be broadcast live on the B Rock out of western Ohio, 100.9 FM WBNO. Edon will also livestream the game, which there is a $10 charge. You can access the game here:
Both teams were looking for new opponents this week after their originally scheduled opponents canceled due to COVID-19 problems within their respective districts.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to play and know we have a challenge this week,” Whiteford coach Jason Mensing said of the matchup with the Bombers.
Ohio started a week earlier than Michigan, so Edon has an additional game under its belt. They started the season with three consecutive wins before dropping a 45-44 game at Norwalk St. Paul last weekend.
The Bombers play football in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference and the rest of the league picked Edon as the team to beat.
Much of that is due to the Bombers four-year starting quarterback, Drew Gallehue.
Gallehue passed for more than 3,000 yards last year and is way ahead of that pace in 2021. In just four games, the 6-4 signal-caller has completed 107 passes for 1,754 yards and 22 touchdowns. He is second on the team in rushing with 86 yards.
Edon already has five receivers in double digits in receptions. Gannon Ripke has the most catches on the team with 28 for 517 yards.
“Our offense is difficult to prepare for in many different ways,” Olwin said. “First we stretch you horizontally and also vertically. All our receivers catch the ball and get extra yards after the catch.
“It is very difficult to pick up a new opponent on Tuesday and be ready by Friday night,” Olwin said. “We have done this each of the past two weeks.”
Whiteford counters with a high-powered rushing attack averaging 292 yards a game. A stable of backs lead the Bobcats, including Cole Giesige (411 yards), Luis Trejo (129 yards) and Drew Knaggs (128 yards). Six different Bobcats have rushed for at least one touchdown.
Shea Ruddy has been efficient as the Whiteford quarterback, completing 15 of his 24 pass attempts for 354 yards and four touchdowns.
“We see the type of offense that Whiteford runs in our conference but theirs is very difficult to stop,” Olwin said.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Leanne Field in Edon.
Tickets will be available at the gate, which opens at 6 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults and $5 for students.
Here are the pre-game notes: