Last Saturday on ESPN’s College GameDay, host Chris Fowler made mention
that college football fans were being slighted because of a lack of
quality games on tap for that day. The same complaint can’t be made by
Ohio high school football fans this weekend. Talk about overload.
Last Saturday on ESPN’s College GameDay, host Chris Fowler made mention that college football fans were being slighted because of a lack of quality games on tap for that day. The same complaint can’t be made by Ohio high school football fans this weekend. Talk about overload.
Whether you prefer big school football, small school football, suburban or rural, there is something on the docket this weekend that will erase your appetite.
Several contests have that October feel as well…lets take a look at 10 games to keep tabs on this weekend:
Marion Local (3-0) at Coldwater (3-0): Get to Coldwater on Thursday to get a seat for this game, which is Ohio’s granddaddy of the weekend. Either the Cavaliers or Flyers have won the prestigous MAC title seven years in a row and last year both were state champions (Coldwater in D-IV, Marion in D-V). The two could sweep state titles again this year. The game marks the second straight season that Marion has had to go to Coldwater, but last year that mattered little. In a 35-14 Week 2 victory last season, Marion snapped Coldwater’s 35-game regular season, 30-game regular season home and 26-game MAC win streaks. The Cavs will be ready this year. As for Marion Local, beating Coldwater is harder than winning a state title. The Flyers have three victories over the Cavs and two MAC titles since 2000. The Flyers have four state titles in that span. Through three weeks, Coldwater has outscored the opposition 148-27. Marion has outscored foes 148-21. Coldwater is No. 1 in the D-IV ONN/Ohio High Power Poll rankings, while Marion is No. 5 in the D-V poll. (Recap of last year’s game)
Louisville (3-0) at Canal Fulton Northwest (3-0): This is a key Northeast Ohio meeting of two of the top teams in the Power Poll. Louisville, last year’s Division II state runner-up, is No. 3 in D-II, while Northwest is No. 1 in D-III. Northwest won last year’s game 34-33. Expect another classic.
Columbus DeSales (3-0) at Cincinnati Anderson (3-0): This game features the defending D-II state champion (Anderson) against the current D-II No. 1 (DeSales) in the Power Poll. By the way, Anderson is No. 2 in the current rankings.
Bellevue (3-0) at Fostoria (3-0): Before the season not many people would have penciled this game in as must-see, but now there’s no denying the appeal and importance of this Northern Ohio League match up. Bellevue is ranked No. 4 in the D-III Power Poll and is coming off an impressive 36-20 win over Clyde. Fostoria, No. 7 in the D-IV Power Poll, is led by last week’s JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week in QB Micah Hyde. Hyde accounted for 38 of the Redmen’s 42 points in a Week 3 win over D-I Toledo Whitmer.
Columbus Watterson (2-1) at Winton Woods (3-0): Winton Woods and Watterson are ranked Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, in the D-II Power Poll. A great regional match up of Cincinnati versus Columbus that will be aired live on JJHuddle.com (www.pressboxproductions.com).
Poland (3-0) at Cortland Lakeview (3-0): Lakeview enters the game ranked No. 2 in the D-III Power Poll. Poland enters ranked No. 1 in the state in the AP poll. Hmmm…we’ll see who’s right in this monumental meeting of Northeast Ohio giants.
Massillon Washington (2-1) at Youngstown Ursuline (3-0): It’s not often that a D-V school matches wits with a D-I program. It’s even less likely to see the small school beat the big school, but that’s what Ursuline has a good shot of doing at YSU’s Stambaugh Stadium. Last year the Irish lost to Massillon 14-3 en route to finishing state runner-up in D-V. Ursuline enters this year’s game ranked No. 1 in the D-V Power Poll. Massillon is three points shy of being unbeaten.
Miami East (2-1) at Covington (2-1): OK, so this one doesn’t have the draw of two ranked teams or big schools, but this meeting could be historic. Covington has dominated the Cross County Conference for years and has been to the playoffs eight of the last nine seasons. The Buccs last loss to a CCC opponent was a 26-8 setback to Anna (now in the MAC) in Week 3 of the 2005 season. Since then Covington has reeled off 27 straight conference wins. East is looking for just its third league championship in history and first since an outright title in the Southwest Rivers Conference in 1983. If the Vikings win, they will go undefeated the rest of the season and claim the CCC title (you read it here). Another motivating factor is that East’s seniors, who experienced an 0-10 varsity season as freshman, have been outscored by Covington 113-27 the last three games.
Granville (3-0) at Newark Catholic (3-0): NC surprised some last year by winning its eighth state title. The Green Wave have surprised even more this year by winning their first three games en route to being ranked No. 4 in the D-VI Power Poll. Saturday things get a little tougher against D-III Granville. The Blue Aces are outscoring opponents 44-12 through three weeks.
Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep (3-0) at Cincinnati St. Xavier (2-1): St. Xavier continues the nation’s toughest schedule by hosting Don Bosco at 2 p.m. on Saturday. In the latest USA Today Super 25 national poll, St. X is No. 25, while Don Bosco is No. 4.
OTHER KEY GAMES AND TV SCHEDULE
Here is a look at some of the other key games for the fourth weekend of Ohio high school football:
Fox Sports Net Ohio will televise a pair of games Thursday night. In northeast Ohio, FSN will have coverage of Bedford at Euclid at 7 p.m. In southeast Ohio, FSN will have coverage of Cincinnati Colerain at Cincinnati Princeton at 7 p.m.
On Friday, Ohio News Network will have tape delay coverage of Macedonia Nordonia at Brunswick at 10 p.m. Brunswick defeated Nordonia 14-12 last year.
Also, PressBoxProductions.net will have an audio webcast of Columbus Watterson at Cincinnati Winton Woods at 7:30 p.m. Friday. That site will also broadcast the Talkin’ Football show at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Here is the link: www.pressboxproductions.net
Key games Friday: Buffalo (N.Y.) St. Joseph’s at Steubenville, Toledo St. John’s (with OSU verbal OL Jack Mewhort) at Toledo Central Catholic, Cleveland Glenville (with OL Marcus Hall and OSU verbal LB-DE Jonathan Newsome) at Cleveland South, Cincinnati LaSalle at Cincinnati Elder (LaSalle won 28-19 last year), Trotwood-Madison at Huber Heights Wayne, Piqua at Springfield, Lancaster at Pickerington Central (with OSU verbals LB Zach Boren and DB Jamie Wood; Central swept a pair of games from Lancaster last year, winning 24-13 in the regular season and 21-7 in the playoffs), and Youngstown Mooney (with OSU verbal DT John Simon) at Warren Harding (Mooney won 49-0 last year).
Also Friday: Youngstown Boardman (with OSU verbal OL Corey Linsley) at Uniontown Lake, West Chester Lakota West at Mason, Bexley at Newark Licking Valley (with OSU verbal LB Storm Klein), Worthington Kilbourne at Hilliard Darby, Clayton Northmont (with OSU verbal CB C.J. Barnett) at Xenia, Perry at Aurora (with OSU verbal DL Adam Bellamy), Garfield Heights (with OSU verbal DL Melvin Fellows) at Parma Heights Valley Forge, Madison at Painesville Harvey (with OSU verbal WR Chris Fields), Lemon Monroe at Bellbrook (with OSU verbal OL Sam Longo) and Dublin Scioto (with OSU verbal DB Brad McDougald) at Lewis Center Olentangy.
On Saturday: Findlay at Cincinnati Moeller (at UC’s Nippert Stadium) and Mentor at Cleveland St. Ignatius (Mentor won 38-17 last year).