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BUS' Biggest Show
Sinks Spencerville
The Bluffton Pirates clubbed a
poorly guided Spencerville team
40-8 last Thursday night for their
fifth win in six games.
Larry Marshall set the tone of
the Bluffton attack when he ran
the kickoff back 58 yards only
to see the first Bluffton thrust
falter under the blows of two 15
yard penalties.
Spencerville was forced to kick
after three punchless plays and
Marshall pulled this back to their
one, a 38 yard runback. He buck
ed over on the next play and
Ray Ruggley scooted in for the
two point bonus.
The Bearcats backward offense
started on their 30 after the kick
off and managed to turn the ball
over to the Pirates on the 10 yard
line just four plays later. A bad
pass from center on an attempt
ed punt was the final blow.
Ken Logan lunged over in two
plays and Ruggley again scored
the extra points, giving the Pi
rates a 16-0 lead with 6:39 still
to be played in the first period.
Shutout Shattered
After Bluffton stalled at the
Bearcat 19 on the first play of
the second period, Spencerville
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Findlay, Ohio
struck back. Using some mur
derous pitching by Butch Schnel
le and some incredible calls by
the referees they fought 81 yards
for a touchdown.
With the exception of the final
yard, the entire drive was
through the air. Schnelle com
pleted four passes and had a fifth
ruled complete on a disputed in
terference call.
Bluffton came whistling back
with another touchdown to give
them a 24-8 halftime lead. They
pounded out six first downs as
they moved 76 yards overland in
just 12 plays. Marshall scored
from the three and added the
extra points.
Practically punchless in the
first half, the Spencerville of
fense moved to the rear even
faster in the second half. Schnel
le was injured late in the second
quarter and none of the Spen
cerville backs were effective in
the spread formation they used
all evening.
The lacklustre Spencerville of
fense seemed to be built around
a single idea, a pass or run op
tion for the deep man in the
spread. They attempted 28 pas-
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ses and tried only 23 running
plays. Crushing losses suffered
on attempted pass plays ruined
their ground game and they end
ed the evening with 96 yards net
loss from rushing.
Passing Pays
The Bluffton attack showed far
more variety than it has at any
time this season. They gained
229 yards in 52 running plays
and tried a record 18 passes, the
most in any game since 1956.
Best of all they hit on nine of
the passes, gaining 160 yards and
setting up two touchdowns.
Closing the night with a flour
ish, the Pirates scored twice
more in the last quarter.
The first score came with
10:52 to play when Ken Logan
climaxed an 80 yard drive by
going 10 yards on a reverse for
the score. Mike Diller passed to
George Burkholder for the extra
points. The key play in this drive
was a 37 yard pass from Marsh
all to Burkholder, giving the Pi
rates a first down on the 15.
Passing again played an im
portant role in the last drive.
Steve Basinger hit Chuck Baber
for a 13 yard gain and Buck
Schiffke made a good, leaping
grab of a Diller toss good for
33 yards and a first down on the
four. Schiffke also made two
good running catches in the first
half, but these Pirate drives were
cancelled by some strange of
Burkholder burst over from the
four in the last 15 seconds and
Ruggley added the last pair of
points as the Pirates hit their
highwater mark of the year.
Kids’ Games
Jim Jordan was the leader of
the Pirate defense which spent
much of the evening playing tag
with the lonely Spencerville back.
i Don Deerhake, who intercepted
I two passes, also carried his
share of the load.
The game was wildly experi
mental for the Pirates, with de
fensive men secin gsome offen
sive action and some of the of
fensive specialists playing de
Cal Oppermann, with a sore
(See “BHS” p. 10)
Hornets To Open
16 Game Cage
Card November 25
Cory-Rawson will open a 16
game basketball schedule on No
vember 25 when they entertain
Bath Township, athletic director
Raymond Cievidence has an
Seven home games have lieen
scheduled. They will play nine
on the road, including two Holi
day Carnival games at Bluffton
on December 29 and 30.
Nov. 25 Bath
Dec. 5 at Leipsic
Dec. 12 Bluffton
Dec. 18 Arcadia*
Dec. 19 at Belle Center
Dec. 29 Holiday Carnival
Dec. 30 Holiday Carnival
Jan. 8 McComb*
Jan. 15 at Liberty-Benton*
Jan. 16 at Lafayette
Jan. 22 at Mt. Blanchard*
Jan. 29 at Van Buren*
Feb. 5 Vanlue*
Feb. 6 Ft Jennings
Feb. 12 at Arlington*
Feb. 13 Forest
Hancock county league games.
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CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF was one of the topics at the
Bluffton Business Men’s association meeting last Wednesday
when Ken Mast handed out trophies to winners in the club
Mast is giving the large trophy to Dick Rockey, who was
crowned as Club champion, while Max Eastman, the young
man in the front ranks has just accepted the trophy won by
his father, Warren Eastman, who was runnerup to Rockey.
At Rockey’s left are Jim Herr, first flight champ Bob
Koontz, first flight runnerup Jerry Martin, second flight
champ and Jim Benroth, second flight runnerup.________________
Beavers Step Softly To Whip
Wilmington and Clinch Title
Bluffton college grabbed its
fourth straight Mid-Ohio league
crown by freezing out Wilming
ton 18-6 Saturday while Findlay
and Ashland, the only remaining
contenders, eliminated each oth
er by battling to an 8-8 tie.
Striking hard in the first half,
the Beavers held on during a sec
ond half fought out in miserable
weather. Light rain, a strong
south wind and 42 degree tem
perature chilled every offensive
attempt both clubs made in the
second half. The Beavers lost
four fumbles in the fourth quar
ter alone, while the Quakers’ on
ly second half offense was a se
ries of wildly inaccurate passes.
Touchdowns resulted from BC’s
first four offensive thrusts, al
though one of the scores was
credited to Wilmington. Jim
Berry put a pitchout directly in
the arms of Quaker end Chuck
Pendleton, who was until then an
innocent bystander, and Pendle
ton charged 53 yards for the
Bluffton had preceded this with
two quick touchdowns by Bill
Lape and followed it up with
another score by Lape. With a
sudden and easy 18-6 lead early
in the second quarter, the Bea
vers stepped off the gas and
coasted for the rest of the game.
Alert Jim Benner bounced on
a fumble on the Quaker 17 on
the second play of the game.
Lape punched the soft Wilming
ton line three times, scoring from
the seven with his third thrust.
The powerless Wilmington of
fense stalled quickly and Rich
Curran punted weakly to his own
47. Lape, John Weber and Larry
Ken Hoefel leads the attack
from quarterback, with Ken Beil
harz occasionally throwing some
passes from an end-around play.
If they can mount a solid of
fensive attack they may be able
to move against the Bluffton de
fense, which is only a shadow of
last year’s shutout squadron.
Four of five MOL opponents
Addition of Leipsic will give
the Bluffton Pirates a full 18
game basketball schedule, in
cluding two Holiday Carnival
games, faculty manager Robert
Ewing has announced.
Leipsic is the fourth school
from the tough Putnam county
league to lie added to the Bluff
ton schedule. Old rivals Pandora
Gilboa and Columbus Grove were
joined last year by Kalida.
A slight schedule shuffling has
some of last year’s openers
moved to the bottom of the sched
ule and one late season game
moved towards the top of the list.
The season will be kicked off
Tuesday, December 1 at Shaw
nee, the only Western Buckeye
league club still on the Bluffton
Only three mid-week games
have been listed this year, Tues
day night games with Shawnee
and Kalida and a Wednesday
night game with Leipsic on De­
Hedden took turns to cover the
yardage in five simple plays,
with Lape bouncing in again
from the seven.
After the gift touchdown BC
came marching right back to
cover 61 yards in 11. plays. Lape
bucked two yards for the touch
down after Weber and Ron Hall
had helped him bring the ball
that far.
Held to one of their lowest
scores in four years of MOL
leadership, the Beavers still com
pletely dominated the game.
Playing no harder than neces
sary, they were merely going
through the motions by the time
the frigid fourth quarter started.
Practically every Wilmington
play was launched from a spread
formation but neither Rich Cur
ran nor Mike Vance, who alter
nated at the deep spot, took
much advantage of their meagre
They launched one short drive
in the first period but this died
quickly after they crossed the
midfield stripe. The longest gain
of the day was a 64 aerial shot
from Curran to Vance on the
last play of the game.
Lape’s three touchdowns boost
ed his league total to 30 points,
only one touchdown behind Ohio
Northern’s Clyde Quinby, the
leading scorer.
Bluffton Wilmington
14 First Downs 4
252 Yards Rushing 11
34 Yards Passing 90
1 Passes Completed 6
4 Passes Attempted 24
1 Interceptions 0
6 Fumbles 2
4 Fumbles Lost 2
80 Penalties 45
First Place Clinched, BC Battles
Defiance To Defend 19 Game Streak
Their fourth straight Mid-Ohio
football title already clinched, the
Bluffton Beavers put their 19
game MOL winning streak on the
block for the last time this year
when they play at Defiance Sat
urday afternoon.
One of the most solid defen
sive clubs in the league, the Yel
low Jackets have slipped into
second division because of a
faulty offense.
Findlay and Ohio Northern hold
one touchdown victories over
them and Ashland squeaked by
with a scrawny three point mar
gin. Their only victory was over
punchless Wilmington.
went scoreless last year as the
Beavers shut out six teams in
running an 8-1 record.
Passing can penetrate the Bea
ver defense, although Wilming
ton had little success with their
24 attempts last Saturday. An ef
fective thrower like Hoefel, run
ning from the T, may have great
er luck.
If Bluffton can break through
quickly, the game could turn into
a scoring show for Bill Lape and
John Weber. Lape is number two
in the league scoring race and
Weber is fourth.
Findlay closes out their season
against weak Wilmington. Ohio
Northern and Ashland battle for
third place, with a win giving the
Polar Bears their highest league
standing since 1951.
4 0 0
Ashland 2 1 1
Findlay 2 1 1
Ohio Northern 2 2 0
Defiance 1 3 0
Wilmington 0 4 0
Leipsic Added To Give Pirates 18
Game Cage Card Opening December 1
cember 23.
The annual Holiday Carnival
has been tentatively scheduled
for Tuesday and Wednesday, De
cember 29 and 30 at Founders
hall, officials of the Jaycees
have announced.
All nine of the Pirates North
west conference games will be
played on Friday, starting De
cember 4 and ending February
Dec. 1 at Shawnee
Dec. 4 Elida*
Dec. 11 at Delphos Jeff*
Dec. 12 at Cory-Rawson
Dec. 18 Spencerville*
Dec. 23 Leipsic
Dec. 29-30 Holiday Carnival at BC
Jan. 8 Beaverdam*
Jan. 9 at Pandora-Gilboa
Jan. 15 at Bath*
Jan. 16 at Hardin-Northern
Jan. 22 Ada*
Jan. 23 Columbus Grove
Jan. 29 at Lafayette*
Feb. 2 Kalida
Feb. 5 Harrod*
Feb. 12 at Gomer*
NWC Games
Grove, Pirates
Only Clubs Left
In NWC Chase
Columbus Grove and Bluffton
are the only teams left in the
Northwest conference race after
their only competitor stumbled
last Friday night.
The two challengers meet in
the climactic game Friday night
with the victor almost assured of
the crown. Bluffton leads by
half a game.
The Pirates pounded Spencer
ville 40-8. High scoring Dwighl
Nichols got three touchdowns in
the second half as Columbus
Grove had to rally to defeat sur
prisingly stubborn Forest 24-0.
Pandora-Gilboa won their first
league game since 1957 with a
24-6 upset of Lafayette.
Delphos Jefferson continued
play the good football that elud
them in the early games of 1
season. They tied Elida 12-12
a 90 yard kickoff return in the
last 15 seconds of play. The tie
completely eliminated Elida from
any chance of winning the NWC
this year.
Bluffton and Columbus Grove
meet Friday in the game of the
year. Pandora-Gilboa is at Del
phos Jeff and Spencerville goes
to Forest. Rockford is at Elida
and Lafayette at Ada in non
league games.
Bluffton 5 0 0
Columbus Grove 4 0 1
Elida 3 12
Delphos Jeff 2 3 1
Lafayette 2 4 0
Pandora-Gilboa 13 0
Spencerville 13 0
Forest 0 4 0
FORD 1953
Delphos Is Easy
38-0 Victim of
1930 Champions
With their entire versatile
backfield riding roughshod
over the opposition, the
Bluffton Pirates blanked Del
phos Jefferson 38-0 for their
sixth victory of the 1930
Gar Griffith scored the
first touchdown of the game
then passed to Ross Irwin
for the second counter, giv
ing the Pirates a 13-0 lead at
the end of the first period.
Howie Triplehorn put the
game safely away with two
TDs in the second quarter,
one a beautiful 65 yard run
without any interference to
clear the way.
Odell Alspach pounded in
for a score in the third quar
ter and Griffith closed the
day by bucking through the
line for a touchdown in the
fourth quarter.
Bluffton made 15 first
downs to only five for their
Bluffton 13 12 6 7—38
Delphos Jeff 0 0 0 0— 0
Two real estate transfers in the
Bluffton-Richland township area
were announced this week by
the office of Allen County Re
corder Morgan Davis:
Bluffton—Nellie Mae and Jesse
A. James to Alfred Muller, Part
Lot 27, tax $2.20.
Richland township Evan
William Steiner to Walter
Schnegg, Part Lot T-4, Stager’s
subdivision, tax $1.10.
1953 2-DOOR
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THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 1959
18 Game Cage
Slate November 7
Beaverdam Opens
An 18 game Beaverdam high
school basketball schedule was
released this week by school of
The Beavers open their sea
son at home on November 7
against Cridersville and close on
February 12 against Bath town
Eleven of the 18 games, in
cluding a Homecoming match
the Alumni on February 6, are
scheduled for the Beaverdam
gym. Home and home games are
scheduled with Harrod and La
fayette. Only one game with each
of these teams will count in
Northwest conference standings.
Nov. 7 Cridersville
Nov. 13 at Vaughnsville
Nov. 17 Ottawa Public
Nov. 20 Harrod
Dec. 1 Kalida
Dec. 4 at Lafayette*
Dec. 11 Gomer*
Dec. 18 at Delphos Jefferson*
Dec. 23 Pandora-Gilboa
Jan. 5 at Roundhead
Jan. 8 at Bluffton*
Jan. 15 Ada*
Jan. 22 at Harrod*
Jan. 29 Elida*
Jan. 30 Lafayette
Feb. 5 at Spencerville*
Feb. 6 Alumni
Feb. 12 Bath*
Northwest conference games.
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