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.
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
It’s a subject of great interest to many Richland Countians.
The Ohio State Buckeyes will now kick off their eight-game regular season on Oct. 24 with a home game at Ohio Stadium against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Big Ten Conference released its new 2020 fall football schedule on Saturday, Sept. 19.
The Big Ten’s 2020 football campaign of games had previously been modified to reflect conference-only games on Aug. 5, and then was postponed entirely by the league on Aug. 11 because of uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
A return to competition was announced by the Big Ten on Sept. 16. More…
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Saturday that the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals have been granted a variance to the state sports order that will allow a total of up to 6000 spectators at two home games.
The variances allow no more than 1500 spectators in each side of the stadium. Fans must use the designated entrance for their ticket. In addition, all fans must wear a mask in accordance with state regulations. Games included in the variance include: More…
By Mahoning Matters Staff
Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday contact and non-contact sports at all levels may continue for the fall and spring seasons, under new state guidelines expected to be issued tomorrow.
DeWine said during a Tuesday briefing on the state’s coronavirus response the guidelines hold “no big surprises.” But the success of the incoming sports seasons will hinge on local communities’ ability to contain the spread of coronavirus by sticking to health guidelines.
The order would limit sporting event spectators to family and close relations of the athletes, band members, drill teams or other participants, he said. More…
With recent updates from the Ohio High School Athletic Association related to fall sports, the Mid Ohio Athletic Association (MOAC), which includes three Richland County high schools, has set a tentative, six game schedule for 2020.
Recent statements from Governor Mike DeWine suggest that football and other fall contact sports might be allowed. His comments also revealed that spectators may be limited to parents and close family members.
Should area high schools be given the green light, the first week of play would begin on Friday, August 28. Two MOAC games would include Richland County schools: More…
Updated at 6:30 PM on Monday: Cleveland.com is reporting this evening that OSU President Kristina Johnson will not vote to cancel the season, contradicting information included in the report referenced below. To highlight the confusion, the report also has different information about when a vote is scheduled to take place.
What is clear is that nothing is clear. 1812Blockhouse will carry any definitive statement from the Big Ten Conference once it is released.
The Detroit Free Press, commonly known as the “Freep,” shared on Monday that the Big Ten Conference is expected to cancel the 2020 football season in its entirety.
The announcement is expected on Tuesday.
The story shares that the vote of Big Ten Presidents was 12-2, with Iowa and Nebraska voting to continue the season. It also stated that a final vote would be taken on Monday evening.
In the event that the Big Ten Conference and its member schools are able to hold an athletics season this year, the conference released its restructured 2020 football schedule today with a 10th conference game added for all schools amid a season that would extend from as early as Sept. 3 through games of Nov. 21. Ohio State would kick off the Big Ten’s first-ever conference-only campaign on Thursday, Sept. 3, against Illinois in Champaign, Ill.
Each Big Ten school would have five home games and five road games during a season that would be dramatically modified because of the ongoing and uncertain COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, each school has two off or open weekends that can possibly be used as make-up dates for games that are postponed during the season because of circumstances caused by the pandemic. More…
There are thousands of proud fans around north central Ohio this weekend after the Mansfield Senior Tygers played a great game though falling in overtime to Trotwood-Madison in the OHSAA Division III State Foootball Championship game, 14-7.
The overtime was forced when a 19 yard field goal was blocked by the Tygers with three seconds left in the game.
Throughout the evening, 1812Blockhouse will be posted updates, reactions, and more below about the game and the team. More…
Richland County discovered something on Wednesday evening that other areas already know.
State championship football week and Christmas go hand-in-hand.
Hundreds of cheering Lucas Cubs and Mansfield Senior Tygers fans were on hand for an evening pep rally centered in the gazebo in Central Park. The weather was very chilly, and the PA system let a lot to be desired, but no one cared — they were there to support two schools which have rewritten local sports history this season. More…
Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker and Lucas Mayor Todd Hall will be on hand Wednesday as Richland County shows its support for its two state championship game-bound teams, the Mansfield Senior Tygers and the Lucas Cubs.
The Community Pep Rally will be held in Central Park in downtown Mansfield at 7:00 PM.
Everyone is invited to come out and support these young men, their coaches, and their schools.
The superlatives have been flying around the county for the last three days, and with good reason.
Two Richland County high schools are making the first-ever trek to Canton later this week to play in championship games for their respective Ohio High School Athletic Association football divisions. One of the largest and perhaps the smallest enrollment schools are making a statement about the quality of sporting in the north central Ohio area.
State championships can be transformative. When Galion won the Divison II state football title in 1985 in a 6-0 victory over Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, the win had a ripple effect that lasted for years in a city where economic hard times had eroded optimism. More…
The Lucas Cubs’ Riley Mounts caught a 13 yard pass from Logan Niswander on a gutsy fourth and goal play to transport the Cubs into a Division VII Ohio Football Championship contest later this week in Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
The team will be in fine company in Canton, as the Mansfield Tygers will be playing for the Division III title on Friday, December 6 at 3 PM. More…
It’s not every year that a north central Ohio football squad makes the state final four by winning its regional final contest. In fact, it rarely happens.
That makes this year doubly special, as two Richland County teams are playing state semifinal games this week. Here are the current details; we will be updating this information as the playoff dates near and this post will remain on the 1812Blockhouse main page.
Before sharing the information below, we have to say — Go Tygers! Go Cubs! More…
Living in a community in the network of regional campuses of The Ohio State University, and with the proximity to Columbus, many Mansfielders take note of University news. From time to time, 1812Blockhouse has shared news of such developments.
And, with the large number of Buckeye football fans in Richland County, news from Columbus today will undoubtedly be well received.
There’s good Ohio State University football news on two fronts: College football’s greatest rivalry is back in Columbus in 2020, and the proposed cost of a season ticket to see the Buckeyes next year is unchanged from 2019. More…
When Jordan Monica’s third-graders at Sherman Elementary School thought about signing a card of support for the Mansfield Senior High football team, they decided instead to express their Tyger pride in a much bigger way. The result was a life lesson about motivation, love and support and a lasting bond between teenage football players and their elementary-school admirers. More…