Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Whiteford @ Reading


By Frank Vacjner

It’s a showdown of 10-0 teams as Whiteford heads deep into Hillsdale County to battle Reading. The last time the Bobcats and Rangers met was October 30, 2009, where it was the Rangers who knocked the Bobcats out of the playoffs with a 20-8 defeat. Things have changed since then. This is only one of two District Championship games in the state that features two unbeaten teams (the other is Calumet at Traverse City St. Francis in Division 6). Whiteford comes in with a playoff record of 21-17 in 20 appearances, while Reading has a playoff record of 11-23 in 24 appearances.

Whiteford 10-0 (7-0 Tri-County Conference)

The Bobcats roll into this showdown after dispatching Lenawee Christian 51-14. Jason Mensing’s team is averaging 53.8 points per contest, headlined by RBs Logan Murphy (1104 rushing yards, 15 TDs), Zack Bertz (570 rushing yards, 15 TDs), and Hunter Lake (462 rushing yards, nine TDs). Murphy is also Whiteford’s all-time leader in rushing yards. Quarterback Ty Eitniear can burn defenses with his arm (874 passing yards, 15 TDs) and his feet (281 rushing yards, four TDs), and WR Bradyn Clark-Gilmore (482 receiving yards, nine TDs) is the go-to option when the Bobcats go to the air. Clark-Gilmore is also the Bobcats’ all-time leader in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.  Making the Double Wing go are the outstanding offensive line, lead by: Noah Bauman 6-2, 260 Fr, Ian Slick 5-8 200 Sr, Nick Donnelly 5-8 170 Sr, Bryce Wing 5-11 180 Sr, Josh Hagan 5-10 235 Jr.

On defense, the Bobcats are allowing a paltry 8 points per game, with three shutouts. Up front, NG DeShaun Williams (48 tackles, 16.5 TFLs, 3 fumble recoveries), and Ends Treylan Hess (63 tackles, 19.5 TFLs, 6 sacks, 3 forced fumbles) and Brodi Tesznar (32 tackles, 4 TFLs, 3 sacks) are a chore for any offensive line to deal with. LBs Nate Bauman (54 tackles, 12 TFLs),  Cody Westfall (38 tackles, 10.5 TFLs), and Bertz (42 tackles, 10 TFLs) make up a strong unit. In the secondary, CB Lake (39 tackles, 21 passes defended, 4 INTs) has become a “no fly zone.” The Bobcats also have 31 takeaways on the season.

Reading 10-0 (7-0 Big 8)

Under the guidance of Rick Bailey, the Rangers are coming off of a wild 65-48 win over Pittsford in the opening round. Much like their counterparts, Reading has an explosive offense that averages 51.9 points per game. At QB, senior Alex Price is a dual threat. RBs Ethan Lopresto, Anthony Willoughby, and Elijah Strine are all dangerous out of the backfield. The Rangers have an experienced offensive line with Damon Black at center, Nick Affholter and Bryce Pagel at the guards, and Josh Johnson and Izac Reynolds at the tackles. The Rangers are only 26 points away from setting the school record for most points in a season (535 set in 2008).

Before the win over Pittsford, Reading had only allowed a minuscule 4.4 points per game with five shutouts. Top players on the unit include Black at DE, Ben Affholter at MLB, Lopresto at OLB, and Cole Boyd at CB.

Has Whiteford finally met their match? This is the first time the Bobcats will play in a true road game in the playoffs since November 13, 2015; a 48-14 win at Climax-Scotts. Reading has five wins over playoff teams, but none of the teams they beat are left standing. Of Whiteford’s four wins over playoff teams, two are still playing. In a game like this, I look for experience to prevail, as the Bobcats have been in these types of games before. But it may not be as comfortable as their fans are used to.

Chris's Pick: Whiteford 46 Reading 35
Gary's Pick: Whiteford 38 Reading 20
Frank's Pick: Whiteford 48 Reading 32


26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rumors of summerfield job being open?

Gary Hauf said...

It is open.

Anonymous said...

Who is a better QB Thomas Eitnear or his Brother, Ty? Thoughts. Like to see what this discussion can bring up. Gary, Chris, Frank? What you think?

Anonymous said...

Why is whiteford good? They get Bedford transfers in bunches. True fact

Anonymous said...

As good as reading is this year, I feel like whiteford is the kind of team that feels disrespected that they even have to play an away game. Whiteford wins.... and wins big. Pittsford put 48 on Reading and Pittsfield barely beat summerfield. I know playing The Who beat who game isn’t always accurate but whiteford is just different. Too much talent, too good of execution, too great of game planning/ game calling. This game reminds me of whiteford game vs mending where whiteford was pissed off that people thought it’d b competitive. Whiteford always finds extra motivation and giving reading a chance in the game will light a fire. 53-18 bobcats

Gary Hauf said...

Both those Eitnears are ballers and can do a lot. They are what you want in a QB. Maybe Frank can elaborate. The younger is only a soph, correct?

Anonymous said...

Younger brother is a senior. No offense to him. They are both great athletes. But the older brother Tom is better

Anonymous said...

Both are overrated

Anonymous said...

Whiteford got a nice field though

Anonymous said...

Coming from a Clinton fan who saw Reading play Springport, and was at the Whiteford vs Clinton game. Whiteford bombs this team ... BAD!

Frank Vajcner said...

Tommy was the greatest athlete to ever play at Whiteford. Ty is still pretty damn good, but like his brother, his best sport is baseball. There is a third Eitniear brother, Trey, who is currently in 4th grade, and they say he will be the best out of all 3

Anonymous said...

Ty is a dawg

Anonymous said...

All the Bedford “transfers” transferred in elementary or middle school whiteford doesn’t have 1 starting highschool transfer so that theory of “whiteford is only good becuase they get Bedford transfers” Is not only false but has no correlation to anything whiteford does

Anonymous said...

7:08AM Are you saying both teams are overrated??

Anonymous said...

Every Bedford "transfer" Whiteford has came in elementary school. Whiteford has ZERO starting Bedford transfers so that theory of whiteford is only good because of bedford transfers is not only incorrect but has no correlation to their success. In fact there only starting transfer is there DE and he came from Adrian.

Anonymous said...

How are they both overrated?

Anonymous said...

Damon Black (6’3 195) at center, Nick Affholter (6’3 302) and Bryce Pagel (6’ 225) at the guards, and Josh Johnson (6’4 256) and Izac Reynolds (6’4 275) at the tackles.

Fixed

Anonymous said...

12:25pm those are all Reading kids. Some big farm boys out there!! 😂

Anonymous said...

Really.... “Whiteford gets Bedford Transfers in Bundles”!!!! Not sure I can even count on one hand how many Bedford kids are playing on the varsity football team from last year and this year. Every school has transfers so not understanding why in the world you would even say that. Whiteford’s success hands down has NOT been from the few Bedford kids they get. They have an amazing coaching staff that get the kids and parents believing in their program. You don’t have to get all butt chapped that a few of your Bedford kids come over to little Whiteford!

Anonymous said...

Who was last team to beat Whiteford? They've had quite a run.

Anonymous said...

As for the bundles of Bedford transfers can you list any Bedford starters? Every school gets transfers but the talent on this team and coaching staff is not even close to dependent on Bedford transfers.

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Anonymous said...

I see someone asked who was the last team to beat Whiteford....That would be Reading! Whiteford wins and wins big was another great comment. Reality is that the better team won. Whiteford had a hell of a run, but lets not take anything away from Reading. These boys can play. That game was in Reading for a reason. I do understand conditions were terrible, but thats football, and you gotta be ready rain or shine...Go Rangers!

Anonymous said...

@12:53 wasn’t raining before or during the game. They just don’t know how to keep up on a field.

Anonymous said...

LoL...3 days and over 3" of rain is impossible to keep up with. Either way, if it makes the lose feel better for ya, so be it. It's football! Look around the playoff pics from yesterday. This wasn't the only sloppy game. I'm confident saying dry or wet, the better team won, and I am by no means knocking Whiteford football.Congrats on all your accomplishments if you are in fact from Whiteford. We can only hope to have a fraction of the same success!