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My Ride With Woody Hayes

25 Nov , 2022  

From 1812Blockhouse Publisher Thomas Palmer:

This weekend’s annual OSU-Michigan game, with both teams ranked high in national polls, is sure to be just as hard fought as ever.

I for one cannot watch those games without a flashback or two of watching Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler on the sidelines.

Speaking of Coach Hayes, I am reminded of an evening many, many years ago when I had occasion to meet and spend time with the man himself. The episode began on a crisp late fall evening as I sat quietly on a bench waiting for a bus. More…

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Sports

Stover Named Semifinalist For National Tight End Award

20 Nov , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

A Richland County collegiate athlete is forging new paths in his role as a tight end for the nationally-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.

Lexington graduate Cade Stover has received kudos throughout the current season for his excellent performance, and now has been named a semifinalist for the top award honoring collegiate tight ends in the NCAA.

The Friends of John Mackey have announced nine semifinalists for the 2022 John Mackey Award. Listed alphabetically, they are: Brock Bowers, Georgia; Payne Durham, Purdue; Dalton Kincaid, Utah; Sam LaPorta, Iowa; Michael Mayer, Notre Dame; Caden Prieskorn, Memphis; Ja’Tavion Sanders, Texas; Cade Stover, Ohio State; and Darnell Washington, Georgia.

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Sports

Weekly Football Computer Ratings Released; Rankings Adjust  For Richland County Teams

12 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio High School Athletic Association released its second official weekly football computer ratings Tuesday. The computer ratings are released every Tuesday leading up to the final report on Sunday, Oct. 23, when 448 schools – the top 16 in each region – will qualify for the playoffs.

There are 711 schools in this week’s 11-player football computer ratings. The 72 largest schools are in Division I, while the remaining schools are divided equally in Divisions II through VII (approximately 106 schools in each division).

The top 20 schools in each region are listed below by division and region with record and average points. The football page at OHSAA.org includes an explanation of how the ratings are calculated.

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Sports

OSHAA Weekly Football Computer Ratings Released; Rankings For Richland County Teams

20 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio High School Athletic Association released its second official weekly football computer ratings Tuesday. The computer ratings are released every Tuesday leading up to the final report on Sunday, Oct. 23, when 448 schools – the top 16 in each region – will qualify for the playoffs.

There are 711 schools in this week’s 11-player football computer ratings. The 72 largest schools are in Division I, while the remaining schools are divided equally in Divisions II through VII (approximately 106 schools in each division).

The top 20 schools in each region are listed below by division and region with record and average points. The football page at OHSAA.org includes an explanation of how the ratings are calculated.

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Sports

Stover Named As OSU Football Captain

14 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The 2022 Ohio State football season kicks off in three weeks and on Saturday, nine practices into this fall camp, the team’s captains were named following a players vote. Six Buckeyes, led by repeat captain and Block O jersey recipient Kam Babb, will lead the Buckeyes in 2022.

Those captains include fourth-year Buckeye tight end Cade Stover, a graduate of Lexington High School.

In addition to Babb and Stover, the captains from the offensive side of the ball include overall leading vote getter C.J. Stroud.

The captains on defense feature fifth-year defensive lineman Tyler Friday, fourth-year linebacker Tommy Eichenberg and third-year safety Kourt Williams.

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Sports

Mansfield Senior Announces 2022 Football Schedule, Student Section Themes

22 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Senior Tygers are currently preparing to undertake the 2022 football season under head coach Chioke Bradley, a schedule which features perennial powerhouses Massillon Washington and North Canton Hoover in games taking place within the friendly confines of Arlin Field.

Here is this year’s lineup of games:

  • August 19 – at Norwalk
  • August 26 – North Canton Hoover
  • September 2 – Massillon Washington
  • Seotember 9 – at West Holmes
  • Seotember 16 – at New Philadelphia
  • September 23 – Lexington
  • September 30 – at Ashland
  • Otober 7 – Wooster
  • October 14 – Mount Vernon
  • October 21 – at Madison

All games will begin at 7 PM.

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Sports

2022 Buckeye Season Tickets Now On Sale

19 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s typically one of the hottest commodities at this time of the year– a ticket to watch the Buckeyes play in The Shoe. Many Richland Countians make the trip, and others listen or watch a game via media.

For those who can afford it (and have access), season tickets are the way to go. This week, OSU officials announced sales for the 2022 football as well as new prices and guidelines.

Season tickets for an eight-game 2022 Ohio State home football campaign at Ohio Stadium will go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. The 2022 season will feature games against Notre Dame, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan with additional contests against Arkansas State, Toledo, Rutgers and Indiana.

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Sports

Changes At The Horseshoe

17 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse, The Ohio State University

With Mansfield a part of The Ohio State University family, from from time to time we have shared news from main campus. Speaking of main campus, we are also keenly aware that Richland County has more than its share of passionate followers of the OSU Buckeyes.

Today we are pleased to share the following update related to OSU football games this fall. 

The 2021 Ohio State University football season will feature a number of significant changes driven by new technologies, improved efficiencies, safety measures and construction projects.

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Schools, Shelby

Whippets Want To Repeat As MOAC Champs

6 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

By 1812Blockhouse

We continue our look here at 1812Blockhouse into schedules for Richland County football squads this fall.

For the Shelby Whippets under Coach Robert Mahaney, the goal is to repeat the success of the 2020 season. Last year, during the COVID-impacted football fall, the team finished 9-1, with a 5-0 MOAC conference record.

This year, Shelby has a typical non-conference slate, facing Mansfield Madison, Lexington, and Bellevue in the first three weeks of the 2021 season.

The complete list of games is as follows:

  • Fri, 8/20 Mansfield Madison – Away
  • Fri, 8/27  Lexington – Home
  • Fri, 9/3 Bellevue – Away
  • Fri, 9/10 Ontario – Away
  • Fri, 9/17 Pleasant – Home
  • Fri, 9/24 Marion Harding – Away
  • Fri, 10/1 Galion – Home
  • Fri, 10/8 West Holmes – Home
  • Fri, 10/15 River Valley – Away
  • Fri, 10/22 Clear Fork – Home 

All games begin at 7 PM.

The Whippets recently announced team captains for the year:

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Sports

Beat Michigan Week: How Buckeye Football Began

7 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s Beat Michigan Week for those who bleed scarlet and gray – and as Mansfield is a component part of the OSU network of campuses, that certainly includes us.

The annual contest is set for this coming Saturday at noon at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. A 30 point favorite, the Buckeyes’ current win streak stands at eight games.

To kick things off this week, we thought that we would share a bit about how football began at The Ohio State University. Some time ago, we shared a story on our sister publication, 1808Delaware, about the very first OSU game — played not in Columbus, but on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware. We’re happy to share it today with 1812Blockhouse readers.


The storied football history of The Ohio State University started right here in Delaware County. Here are details about the school’s first football contest, hosted by the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University.

  • Date: May 3, 1890
  • Final Score: OSU 20, OWU 14
  • Attendance: 700
  • Where played: A site near the sulfur spring and the Delaware Run and north of the historical marker, not far from Selby Stadium. Spectators sat on the hill. The games were later moved as the ball kept falling into the river.
  • Touchdowns scored by each team: OSU – 4, OWU – 3 (each counted for 4 points)
  • Extra points scored by each team: OSU – 2, OWU – 1 (each counted for 2 points)
  • Time OSU left Columbus — 6:00 AM
  • Time OSU arrived in Delaware — 6:45 AM
  • Time game began — 9:03 AM
  • Weather — Cool temperatures, drizzling rain
  • Scored first touchdown in OSU football history — Quarterback Joseph “Jo Jo” Large. Large had actually previously attended Ohio Wesleyan. He passed away in 1908 and is buried in Whigville, Noble County.
  • Uniforms — OSU wore gray shirts with “OSU” in scarlet letters, gray pants, scarlet stockings
  • Other rules differences in 1890:
    • Players did not wear pads or helmets
    • No forward passes
    • Extra point kicks were attempted from the spot where the touchdown was scored
  • OSU record in 1890 — 1-4

Other facts — This was the only game OSU played that spring, and the team did not yet have a coach; a coach was obtained before the fall schedule of games. The right tackle for OSU was Herbert Johnston, inventor of the electric mixer. OWU played club football as far back as 1875; the faculty forced its termination until 1890.

Historic marker dedicated on the site where the game was played — May 3, 2008. At the dedication ceremony, two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin shared, ““I doubt on May 3, 1890, the participants on the Ohio State-Ohio Wesleyan football game could have realized that they were setting in motion something that would produce what we see today.”

Sources: Eleven Warriors, 247Sports.com, The Lantern, Wikipedia

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