Arcanum Football Season Preview 2021

ARCANUM – The Arcanum football team is coming off a 5-2 season and 4-2 in the league and will be looking to make some noise in the new Western Ohio Athletic Conference.

Arcanum is coached by Jason Schondelmyer and his son Bryce was the Southwest District Player of the Year as a sophomore throwing for 2800 yards, 28 touchdowns and rushing for 10.  

He’ll have two gifted senior receivers to throw to – Ian Baker and Brennen Troutwine, both 1sts Team Southwest District players last year.

In the past Schondelmyer was content to run the football and featured a potent triple option attack … but he has adapted to the open offense concept, thanks to the skill level of Bryce under center.

Other key players are seniors Eli Shelton a 6’ – 275lb lineman, Tyler Huber 5’11 – 175lb, Chase Werling 6’4 – 300lb lineman and Ethan Rieman a 6’6 – 350lb senior lineman.

Juniors Garrett Garno and Zade Shank both return and were special mention in the conference last season.

With the experience Arcanum has returning at key positions and the use of the spread offense they will be an exciting team to watch this year.

“Our experience, effort and great love for one another is strong, so if we can stay healthy and just take it one game at a time, then I think good things will happen for this team,” Schondelmyer stated.

Schondelmyer expects to be in the hunt but also believes Preble Shawnee a bigger school and Dixie who returns a lot of players, along with Tri-Village last year’s CCC league champion will be teams competing for the title.

“We want to win the WOAC title and make a long run in the OHSAA playoffs,” Schondelmyer concluded.

Team Roster
1Blake RiffellWR, DB5’7”109Freshman
2Landon WagnerQB, DB5’10”130Freshman
4Tristan KecklerWR, S5’7”140Sophomore
7Devin CraportDE5’9”153Sophomore
8Damian SteckDE6’157Senior
9Cristian SniderDE5’10”145Senior
10Tyler HuberWR, DB5’11”150Senior
11Zade ShankWR, DB5’10”155Junior
13Ian BakerWR, CB6’170Senior
16Rylan MurrayWR, CB6’140Sophomore
18Travis LandesWR, CB5’7”135Freshman
19Brennen TroutwineWR, CB5’10”145Senior
20Landon FlatterWR, CB5’7”140Freshman
21Garrett GarnoWR, DB5’10”145Junior
22Mason SheltonWR, S5’11”145Sophomore
33Dakota KendigC, LB5’6”170Sophomore
34Jayden ClappWR, DB5’9”140Freshman
44Bryce SchondelmyerQB, DB6’2”195Junior
50Eli SheltonOL, NG6’2”280Senior
51Ty StapletonOL, LB5’9”150Freshman
52Noah EgnorOL, LB5’6”163Freshman
55Payton StoutOL, LB6’1”180Sophomore
56Austin OliverOL, LB5’9”150Freshman
57Jacob RayburnOL, LB5’6”170Junior
61Jakob CouchOL, DE5’9”185Senior
63Truman KnausOL, DE6’208Freshman
64Ashton EikenberryOL, NG5’10”240Sophomore
66Peyton GoinOL, DE5’9”240Junior
68Chase WerlingOL, NG6’3”290Senior
71Ethan RiemanOL, NG6’3”310Senior
72Brandon MillerOL, DE5’9”170Sophomore
73Dylan DillmanOL, NG6’3”275Freshman
78Blake WeaverOL, NG6’1”185Sophomore
80Micah JarrettWR, CB5’9”160Sophomore
81Owen NetherlyWR, CB5’11”122Freshman

Team Schedule

Fri. 20Dohn Community 07:00 PM Arcanum
Fri. 27Twin Valley South07:00 PM Arcanum
Fri. 3at Mississinawa Valley07:00 PM Miss. Valley
Thu. 9Ansonia07:00 PM Arcanum
Fri. 17at Tri-County North07:00 PM Tri-County North
Fri. 24National Trail07:00 PM Arcanum
Fri. 1at Tri-Village07:00 PM Tri-Village High School
Fri. 8at Preble Shawnee07:00 PM Preble Shawnee
Fri. 15Dixie07:00 PM Arcanum
Fri. 22at Bradford07:00 PM Bradford

Dale Barger / Sports Editor

Dale Barger is a lifelong sports enthusiast and has covered high school athletics for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio and now becomes sports editor for Darke County now. For 18 years Dale has been a sportswriter for The Daily Advocate and has been published in online sorts magazines and conference websites. Dale is also an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years. Dale is a member of The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and was a 2019 recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Media Service Award. Dale lives on a 72-acre farm outside of New Madison, Ohio and is married to Rita Ann (Fourman) Barger and together they have two sons and three grandkids. If you don’t see Dale at a sporting event you might catch him following his other passion – photographing nature and wildlife. Contact Darke County Now Editor Media Sports Editor Dale Barger at

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