Clay Schmitz
Clay Schmitz


Ft. Recovery QB Clay Schmitz (6’3 190 Freshman) is this week’s SSN Player of the Week.

The Indians won a big MAC game on Friday night when they beat D VII #4 Minster in OT 28-27. Coach Brent Niekamp made a QB change replacing starter Cade Wendel with Freshman Clay Schmitz. The change worked, Schmitz went 10-20 with 113 yards passing  with two TDs (both to Cade Wendel), including the key score in OT.  Schmitz  also added a rushing TD on an 8 yard run.

Coach Niekamp tells us about the change at QB and the extra bonus it brought to the offense for the Indians.

Clay has been performing well all season. It was evident to us that he had the tools to play on Friday nights. He showed that he could make the throws necessary, run the ball effectively, and be poised in the pocket.

Our decision to use Clay Friday had as much to do with Cade Wendel’s ability to be a really nice threat at receiver as well. Putting Clay at QB was like adding two good players to our offense because of Cade’s contribution there.

Honorable Mention:

Marion Local-QB Nathan Bruns led the #1 Flyers to a 28-18 win over Versailles as he had over 200 yards of total offense, rushing for 45 yards in 6 carries and going 9 for 20 passing and 190 yards and 2 TD passes (48 and 29).

Coldwater- PK Blake Dippold played a key role in 13-10 Homecoming win over undefeated St. Henry.  Dippold accounted for 7 of the Cavs 13 points, thanks to FGs of 21 and 28 yards and 1 extra point.

Celina- RB Kyle Zizelman had 1 TD on a 95 yard run, on the night he had 123 yards on 13 carries in the Bulldogs 14-7 win over O-G. Zizelman’s run ties Curt Mosier for the longest run from scrimmage in Bulldog History. Mosier did it in 2000 against St. Marys.

Adams Central- RB Logan Macklin rushed 13 times for 124 yards and 3 TDs in the Flying Jets 42-14 win over Class A  #7 South Adams.