Arcanum quarterback, Bryce Schondelmyer drops back to pass in WOAC win over the Blackhawks.

Arcanum goes to 3-0 with win over Blackhawks

Arcanum's Schondelmyer throws for 7-touchdowns in Friday night WOAC victory.

UNION CITY – The Arcanum Trojans traveled to Mississinawa Valley for a Friday night WOAC football game and came away with 52-0 road win.

“I am so proud of those guys, they play hard, they really do play hard,” said Arcanum coach, Jason Schondelmyer. “We have some new guys out there but to keep a goose egg and to just play hard, even our JV’s at the end, they came in there, we got a couple first downs, we go one fumble hit – I’m just proud. We’re playing with more effort and good things happen.”

“We’re a young team,” MV coach Steve Trobridge said. “We’ll get there – I am not going to let this game define us.”

Arcanum took advantage of a 12-yard Bryce Schondelmyer to Ian Baker touchdown pass and a Schondelmyer 2-point conversion run to grab an 8-0 lead.

Schondelmyer hooked up with Zade Shank for a 20-yard TD strike and a Shank 2-point conversion run to lead 16-0.

The Trojans closed out first quarter scoring with Schondelmyer hitting Baker with a 10-yard touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion pass to Tyler Huber to stretch its lead to 24-0 with one period of play in the book.

Quarter No. 2 had Arcanum with a Schondelmyer 19-TD pass to Brennen Troutwine and a PAT kick off the foot of Damian Steck splitting the uprights for a 31-0 score and would come right back with the same combination for a 25-yard touchdown strike a PAT kick through the uprights for a 38-0 count.

Arcanum added a Schondelmyer to Baker 40-yard touchdown strike and Steck kick to lead 45-0 at the break.

Second half play had a running clock and would see one final Trojans touchdown with a Schondelmyer 75-yeard touchdown pass to Troutwine and Steck splitting the uprights for a final 52-0 score.

“He has an excellent group of receivers and an excellent offensive line,” Schondelmyer said of his quarterback’s receiving corps. “We have kids that can catch it, we have kids that can run, and we have big boys up front that can protect and without that Schondelmyer’s none existence – so we are blessed to have that.”

“Shondelymeyer is a good kid, a good quarterback there is no question about it,” said Coach Trobridge.

“We had our chances at times, we just broke down, missed assignments but that is not taking anything away from him. That kid’s an amazing athlete, amazing player – there isn’t much to say about that.”

Arcanum accounted for 431 total yards on the night with Schondelmeyer going 18/31 for 339-yards through the air.

“As a coach and as his dad too, it’s tough because I don’t get to talk about him and I try not to but I will tell you this, he’s one of the greatest competitors I have ever coached,” Coach Schondelmyer said when pushed to talk about his son. “He does his homework, he understands the game and he is hungry to keep getting better. We would cheer for any kid that demonstrates that whether its mine or somebody else’s, so we are just happy he is on our side.”

Troutwine had 6-receptions for 160-yards and 3-TDs, Baker 4-catches for 85-yards and 3-TDs, Shank 6-receptions for 84-yards and a TD and Tyler Huber 2-catches for 10-yards.

Garrett Garno led the Trojans defense with 11-tackles, Jacob Rayburn 9 and Isaac Kreitzer 7-tackles.

The Trojans defense held the home team to 109-total yard with 103 coming on the ground.

Malachi Levesque paced the Blackhawks with 53-rushing yards and Tanner Perkins led the defense with 8-tackles, Davion Trump 7 and Alex Jenkison 6-tackles.

“We still have a lot of season to play yet and we can either sit down right now and fold it or we can get back to work and get ready to get on a roll,” Trobridge stated, “and I think that is what we are going to do. I have a team that is ready to go.”

With the win, Arcanum improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play and drops to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the WOAC.

The Blackhawks run through the Ohio National Guard tunnel leading up to Friday night football game.
The Trojans front three block for the team's PAT kick in game at Mississinawa Valley.
Damian Steck drills a PAT kick in the Trojans' WOAC win over the Blackhawks.
Ian Baker runs under a pass in Arcanum's win over MV.
Blackhawks' quarterback Malachi Levesque hands off to Davion Trump in Friday night home action.
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Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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