>>Two huge battles this weekend featuring the top two teams in the region. Current #1 Toledo Whitmer has a big City League showdown with the Knights of Toledo St. Francis. Both teams are 5-0. Whitmer is coming off a 20-7 win over Toledo St. Johns while SFS blanked Toledo Woodward 50-zip. St. Francis is the current #1 team in R6. Another playoff atmosphere expected at Whitmer Memorial. Whitmer should win a close one.
Saturday night will see another bigR2 battle, this time in Northeast Ohio when the Tigers of Massillon Washington(5-0), the current #2 in R2 visit the Wildcats of Cleveland St. Ignatius(5-0) at Byers Field in Parma. The Wildcats are the current top team in R1. Iggy is coming off a 30-14 win over Buffalo NY St. Francis. Massillon beat Akron Garfield last week 44-13. I hate to do this to my many Massillon friends but the Wildcats will win.
#3 Wadsworth(5-0) has a game at Copley(4-1) on Friday night. The Grizzlies beat Green 49-21 last week. Copley the #3 team in R5 are 4-1 after a 31-14 win over Cloverleaf last Friday. Wadsworth could really cement their top 8 status with a win over the Indians . Wadsworth wins.
North Canton Hoover (4-1) can get some good points with a win over Boardman Friday night. The Spartans are currently 15th and could make a jump towards the top eight with a win over the Vikings. Boardman is 3-2 after a 34-16 win over Massillon Perry last week. Hoover beat Uniontown Lake 35-20. Hoover wins.
Canton GlenOak and Canton McKinley hook up Friday night, both teams coming in 3-2. Glenoak is 9th in R2 and McK is 14th.
As we leave R2 just a reminder that our Little Giants are currently in 11th in R2. Ross is less than a full point out of the #8 spot right night. Looks like this....
8. Perrysburg 7.9000
9. Canton GlenOak 7.7000
10. Oregon Clay 7.350
11. Fremont Ross 7.0778
In other games...
A big R6 battle at the Gallagher Athletic Complex up on Cherry St. in Toledo two 4-1 teams hook up. The Fighting Irish(4-1) hosts Oregon Clay. The Fighting Irish were 38-0 winners over Toledo Bowsher last week while the Eagles edged Toledo Satrt 27-24. A lot of playoff points on the line here. CCHS wins.
This weeks "are they for real?" team are the 5-0 Edison Chargers. Edison hosts unbeaten Gary Quisno coached Perkins Pirates(5-0). Edison is currently the #2 team in R14 and shellacked Port Clinton last week 50-9. The Pirates are well sitting in the #3 spot in R10. Perkins of Sandusky St. Marys last Saturday night up at Strobel 57-0. Perkins wins.
Bryan and Wauseon hook up this week at the home of the Golden Bears. Bryan sits in 7th place tie in R10 while The Indians are in 12th place in R14. Bryan can help solidify their spot with a win over Wauseon. The Golden Bears (4-1) beat Montpelier 49-6 while the Indians (3-2) lost a tough one to Liberty Center 7-3. This one should be a great game. I look for Bryan to win.
The best game in Northwest Ohio could be tomorrow night in Genoa. A titanic Suburban Lakes League battle between the Comets(5-0) and the Eastwood Eagles(5-0). The powerful Comets are currently ranked 6th in R14 while the Eagles are in the 8 spot in that same region 14. Genoa rolled Northwood last week 48-6 while the Eagles slapped Woodmore around 76-34. Standing room only in Genoa tomorrow night. Comets win.
In R14 this week Tinora and Wayne Trace hook up at the home of the Rams. Tinora(4-1) is the current #3 team in the region. Wayne Trace comes into the game ranked 14th. The Raiders(3-2) lost to Hicksville last week 39-9. Wayne Trace needs this one if the want to get into the playoffs. Tinora wins.
Down in the Bucyrus area the Wynford Royals(5-0) host the Bucks of Buckeye Central(4-1). Wynford is the #5 team in R21 while Buckeye Central sits in 11th. The Bucks really need this to get in. Wynford wins.
Also in R21 Hopewell-Louden is at Seneca East. H-L(4-1) will want to prove they are past the OT loss to SJCC last week. Seneca East(3-2) needs a win to keep their playoff hopes going. Cheiftans win.
The Red Devils of Arlington out of the Blanchard Valley Conference travels to Leipsic tomorrow night. Both teams are 4-1 on the season. Arlington is ranked 6th in R22 while Vikings of Leipsic are in 7th. Should be a great game. Red Devils win.
Gonna be another great night of high school football all over Ohio this week. Support your favorite team. Support the kids.