Golden Bears eye first victory of campaign

RAYLAND– When the Buckeye Local Panthers host the Oak Glen Golden Bears on tonight at World War II Memorial Stadium, one of the teams will pick up its first win.

The Panthers played in a close game at Union Local in Week 2, holding a slim lead in the third quarter before falling, 30-16. The Golden Bears dropped a 41-20 decision at home to Catholic Central.

In order to get the first win against the Golden Bears, Herbert knows they’ll have to slow down the Oak Glen passing game. Sophomore quarterback Nick Chaney is the current area leader with 472 yards and five touchdowns.

“They’ve got a quarterback with a real strong arm,” Herbert said. “They got some tall receivers, and they really like throwing the fade routes. That’s definitely something we’ve got to worry about with them — the deep ball and the passing attack. They have thrown the ball early in both games, so it’s something they want to establish right from the start. They want to spread the field out and get one-on-one matchups.”

Buckeye junior quarterback Seth Richardson has thrown for 128 yards and has a completion percentage close to 60.

Last season’s meeting at Oak Glen was a double overtime thriller that went to the Golden Bears.

“The kids certainly remember that game,” Herbert said. “It was a heck-of-a game. It was back-and-forth all the way. They just made one more play than we did.

“We know that we are going to be able to compete with them well at our place on Friday. Maybe the home field advantage can help us. Our kids are looking forward to this one, and I’m sure Oak Glen is, too.”

One thing Oak Glen coach Ted Arneault has noticed is improvements in athleticism and on the defensive side of the ball for Buckeye Local, things his team will have to contend with.

“Seeing them on film, what really impresses me is they have got some nice athletes,” he said. “They play a more aggressive style of defense than they have in the past. They give you multiple looks on both sides of the ball.

“They are going to play us hard. They are going to give us their all. They really want to win this week, and so do we. I would expect another good football game.”

Hunter Patterson who has nine receptions and 129 yards, is a question mark for Arneault after missing the second half of the loss to Central, as is his brother, Gage Patterson, who was injured in Week 1.

“He is still day-to-day with his injury,” Arneault said of Hunter Patterson. “So is Gage as well.”