(7-22-18) The Western Buckeye League, unlike the Midwest Athletic Conference, plays each member one time for 9 of their 10 regular season games. Week 1 is when each team will play their only non-conference game of the season. With computer points on the line it is important for the WBL to do well.
How important is it to win that first game? Celina’s non-conference loss to Versailles last season might have cost them a playoff spot that came down to the last week, plus add the sub-.500 win (4-6) mark for WBL non-conference wins added to just missing out. So that first game, although not a conference game, it can be a key to making the playoffs.
Every WBL team will open the season with the same opponent as they did last season (2017). Looking at the future of the non-conference schedule, the Sidney and St. Marys series will be ending starting in 2020, due to the Yellowjackets joining a reforming of the Miami Valley League. Sidney with only one non-conference game on its schedule in the future, will start the season out with Bellefontaine, which is their only non-conference game. That change had the domino effect as that will end the Wapakoneta-Bellefontaine match-up.
The WBL will match-up with MAC schools twice again in 2018, Versailles at Celina and Coldwater at Kenton, two WBL-Northwest Conference games Bath at Allen East and Shawnee at Delphos Jefferson.
Long time rivalry openers will continue with Bryan at Van Wert and Defiance at Napoleon play.
2018 WBL Non-Conference Games Scheduled (2017 scores)
Aug 24 – Versailles – (2017 lost 36-7)
Aug 24 – Coldwater – (2017 lost 35-28)
Aug 24 – Tiffin Columbian – (won 42-20)
Aug 24 – Allen East – (won 19-9)
Aug 24 – Eastwood – (lost 39-7)
Aug 24 – Sidney – (lost 39-32)
Aug 24 – Bryan – (won 27-7)
Aug 24 – Bellefontaine – (lost 19-7)
Aug 24 – Delphos Jefferson – (won 27-6)
Aug 24 – Napoleon – (lost 21-7)
- 2017 WBL Record vs Non-Conference – 4-6