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Now it gets interesting

October 14, 2009 - Michael Palmer
High school football is winding down but this is when it gets interesting.

We will start with Division VI Region 23

1. 7-0 Malvern 10.5357

The week 6 battle between then unbeaten Malvern and TCC was a classic with Malvern winning 36-35. Malvern has Ridgewood next week and finishes with a Sandy Valley team that defeated TCC last week 18-7. They still look good to finish at 9-1 atop the region.

2. 5-2 Columbiana 8.2071

Columbiana has to get past a tough Mineral Ridge (4-3) this week. Mineral Ridge is a team that began the season with a 28-21 loss to Mogadore, lost to 21-8 to an unbeaten McDonald team and then inexplicably drops an 11-10 contest last week to 2-5 Hanoverton United . The Clippers should finish at 8-2 but will not pick up enough points to challenge Malvern.

3. 5-2 New Philadelphia Tuscarawas Central Catholic 7.9714

Tuscarawas Central Catholic lost to Sandy Valley (3-4) last week and dropped to 5-2. TCC faces Ridgewood this week and most likely will drop to 5-3 but should not fall much in the standings. Week 9 could be the deciding game for the Saints as they face off against Garaway.

4. 7-0 Grove City Christian 7.7929

A weak schedule will hurt the Eagles of Grove City Christian. Their only opponent with a winning ledger is number 11 Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (6-1) this weekend.

5. 5-2 New Matamoras Frontier 7.7429

Frontier lost in triple overtime to a previously undefeated Caldwell last Friday. A critical game for the Cougars comes in week 9 against Monroe Central (6-1). 6. 6-1 Willow Wood Symmes Valley 7.4060

Symmes Valley is facing undefeated Oak Hill this week. This game may has implications beyond the Vikings holding onto a playoff berth. It also will effect two local squads in the number 7 Shadyside and number 8 Bridgeport.

7. 3-4 Shadyside Shadyside 6.0560 8. 6-1 Bridgeport Bridgeport 5.8571 Shadyside travels to Toronto this week and should have no problem with the struggling Red Knights but with Bridgeport and Holy Cross to finish the season, the Tigers will have to step it up to earn a playoff berth. and Bridgeport can’t overlook Beallsville this week. These two locals are meeting next week in a critical game for both teams. Unfortunately, the winners earning a possible trip to week eleven could eliminate the loser of this game.

With Wellsville (5-2), Newark Catholic (4-3) and Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (6-1) waiting in the wings, neither team can breathe easily.

Division 5, Region 19

3 6-1 Woodsfield Monroe Central 10.9120

The Seminoles are looking good for a playoff berth. They are at Barnesville this week in a Region 19 showdown with the number 11 Shamrocks (5-2).

The win would most likely clinch week 11 for the Noles and eliminate the Rocks who have a tough finish to the 2009 campaign. They finish with Magnolia and Union Local.

Monroe Central also has Frontier at home in week 9 to hurdle before they look ahead to a possible rematch with their only blemish, Caldwell in the post season.

It’s a tight points race, here’s how the region looks:

1 6-1 Baltimore Liberty Union 11.5929

2 5-2 Minford 11.0000

3 6-1 Monroe Central 10.9120

4 7-0 Fredericktown 10.6429

5 6-1 Caldwell 10.2143

6 7-0 Oak Hill 10.1786

7 6-1 Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant 10.0357

8 6-1 Nelsonville-York 8.9214

9 5-2 Wheelersburg 8.6929

10 7-0 West Lafayette Ridgewood 8.4786

11 5-2 Barnesville 7.8143

Division 4, Region 13

Again a crowded playoff picture for the local teams with 3 Buckeye 8 opponents looking for a playoff berth.

3 5-1 Martins Ferry

8 5-2 Belmont Union Local

9 5-2 St Clairsville

St. C and Ferry are facing off this week and once again when one team benefits the other suffers. The Riders are rolling and if they can hurdle the Red Devils this week they have will host Wheeling Central in week 9, which will be another must see battle between neighboring playoff contenders.

Union Local has their season on the line as they hover on the bubble for week 11. This Friday night they travel to Buckeye Local in another pivotal game. WWII Memorial Stadium will be rocking as the Jets consider this a must win and the Panthers know that their playoff hopes could also be riding on a week 8 win.

The Red Devils are another area team that has improved each week. Following a pair of losses to Buckeye Local and Union Local, they have put together a four game winning streak and it would be a shame to see them come up short of the post season. There may be much more than the Coal Bucket on the line as they host the Huskies for their season finale.

There is a bigger spread in this region between number 1 and 9. Chagrin Falls has a tough game against another unbeaten in Division II West Geauga. There are plenty of contenders waiting in the wings to oust the Jets or Red Devils.

1 7-0 Chagrin Falls 16.6214

2 7-0 Girard 14.3000

3 5-1 Martins Ferry 14.0833

4 5-2 Cortland Lakeview 13.3286

5 6-1 Akron Manchester 10.8571

6 6-1 Peninsula Woodridge 10.1929

7 5-2 Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 9.2643

8 5-2 Belmont Union Local 9.0224

9 5-2 St Clairsville 8.0873

10 5-2 Garrettsville Garfield 7.8214

11 5-2 Perry 7.6571

12 4-3 Youngstown Liberty 6.9571

13 5-2 Campbell Memorial 6.7000

14 5-2 Cleveland Central Catholic

Division 3, Region 11

Unfortunately for Buckeye Local, Harrison Central, Dover and the rest of Region 11, they are in Steubenville’s domain and have to get past the Big Red. Not this year, but maybe the Panthers can win a few in November for Poblish. Buckeye Local should get a home game in week 11 and hopefully it is not a Buckeye 8 playoff with Creek, boring!

1 7-0 Steubenville 18.1090

2 6-1 Dover 13.4286

3 5-2 Rayland Buckeye Local 13.2857

4 6-1 Granville 11.6500 28.0

5 6-1 Alliance Marlington 11.1500

6 6-1 Carrollton 11.0643

7 4-3 Wintersville Indian Creek 10.1681

8 5-2 Salem 10.1357

9 6-1 Thornville Sheridan 9.6143

10 4-3 Canal Fulton Northwest 9.4571

11 6-1 Pataskala Licking Heights 8.6071

12 4-3 Newark Licking Valley 7.4827

13 5-2 Cadiz Harrison Central 6.8822

We all will keep checking the scoreboards this weekend and log in with on Monday to follow the road to week 11.

Good Luck to all our teams and I hope to be on the sidelines with you in November.


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