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Here they come down the stretch!
October 18, 2010 - Michael Palmer
Here they come down the stretch!
Division VI Region 23:
With two tough games looming in the final two weeks, the pressure is off for Shadyside, the Tigers have already clinched a playoff spot.
1. Shadyside is the only local team with that distinction, having collected enough points that even if they lose out they will make the elite 8 in Division VI Region 23. CLINCHED.
2. Malvern is second in the points but will drop this week despite earning a likely win over 0-8 Conotton Valley. CONTROL OWN DESTINY.
3. Newark Catholic remains at number three after a 31-7 loss to Licking Valley edging unbeaten Bridgeport by 0.5 points. Remaining on their schedule is Whitehall Yearling (3-5) and Granville (5-3) who lost to Licking Valley by a similar score, 35-3. CONTROL OWN DESTINY.
4. Bridgeport is still in the drivers seat and can clinch both a playoff spot and a home game with a win over Shadyside this week. This is the Bulldogs last opportunity for points as they cap the 2010 regular season with 1-7 Cameron, WV. CONTROL OWN DESTINY.
5. Symmes Valley took their first loss of the season from the only team on their schedule with a winning record Oak Hill (7-1). Even if they win out they need some help from the other teams in the region to make the playoffs.
6. Strasburg may have earned a spot a number 6 but these Tigers will have a tough assignment if they want to make it to week 11. Facing unbeaten IVC juggernaut Ridgewood this week and then Garaway in their season finale, call this one a long shot. (Note: Week 8 results: Ridgewood 19 - Garaway 13.) CONTROL OWN DESTINY.
7. Fairfield Christian Academy will draw a crowd of local scouts when they come to Bellaire this Saturday for a game against St. John Central. At 2-6, the Fighting Irish rank at third on the toughness of opposition schedule for the Knights behind Notre Dame (4-4) and Green (3-5). The team hailing from Lancaster has no opponent on their schedule with a winning record and will need to win out and then count on some help from their region mates to make the playoffs.
8, Salineville Southern is a school trying to turn around their football program. The Indians face another school attempting to resurrect their once forsaken football tradition, Sebring McKinley (3-5). The Indians will finish with McDonald (6-2) , the two have a common opponent in Wellsville and both defeated the Tigers by almost the same margin, Southern by 52-13 and the Blue Devils by 47-13. CONTROL OWN DESTINY.
Waiting in the Wings: 5-3 Glouster Trimble 5-3 Reedsville Eastern.
Ohio Division 5, Region 19
Monroe Central is holding at number 6 in their region. The Seminoles travel to Frontier (4-4) this Friday and then finish at home with Buckeye Trail (1-7). A pair of key players were injured last week and if they are not back on the field this Friday night at New Matamoris it could have big implications for the team from Woodsfield. Their potential points fall short with a maximum of 18.7066 if they win out so the ‘Noles need some help to make the playoffs.
1. Fredericktown (8-0). The Freddies should win out with Centerburg (3-5) and Loudonville (2-6) remaining. CONTROL OWN DESTINY.
2. Oak Hill (7-1) The Oaks will close out their 2010 campaign with New Richmond (6-2) and Green (3-5). CONTROL OWN DESTINY.
3. Lucasville Valley (8-0) The Indians have the toughest assignment with divisional opponents Wheelersburg (6-2) and Minford (6-2) to finish their season. These two games will have a big impact as to how the region will stack up after the season. Wheelersburg is currently ranked at 10 and will need to defeat Valley then Portsmouth West (7-1) to get in. CONTROL OWN DESTINY.
4. Minford (6-2) The Falcons are hosting Waverly (0-8) before moving on to the divisional showdown with Valley.
5. Dawson-Bryant (7-1) The Hornets from Coal Grove lost to Valley in week 3 and finish on the road traveling to Fairland (3-5) then Chesapeake (3-5) they will also be watching the scoreboard late Friday night looking to see how the cards will fall.
7. Caldwell (7-1) The Redskins late score earned them a win over Barnesville and now they look for some more good luck as they host Bishop Rosecrans (3-5) this week before traveling to Sarahsville Shenandoah (4-4) to finish against their rivals the Zeps.
8. West Lafayette Ridgewood (8-0) We already mentioned the Generals who are most likely to bump up into the elite 8 with victories over Strasburg and Newcomerstown (5-3).
Outside looking in: Nelsonville-York is poised at number 9 with Alexander (7-1) and Athens (4-4) left on their docket. Barnesville is at number 14 and if the Shamrocks have any hope of sneaking back into the top 8 they need a win this Friday over unbeaten Magnolia.
Ohio Division 4, Region 13
Once again a region where nobody has a lock on the playoffs. There is no ‘safety’ for the Purple Riders after Martins Ferry (7-1) leap frogs over the Red Devils to number 4 with their 13-7 win over now number 5 St. Clairsville (6-2) last Friday.
Dave Bruney and the Purple gang travel across the bridge to the Island this Friday for a battle with Wheeling Central. The purple still sting from a 15-14 loss to the Maroon Knights on last year ‘s record and can exact a little revenge and improve their chances of hosting a playoff game. CONTROL OWN DESTINY
The Red Devils are snake bitten after two overtime losses have dropped them out of the top four in the region. St. Clairsville will need a little help, however, a home game on their new turf in week 11 is not completely out of the question. The Red Devils will host James Monroe then must keep the Huskies from playing the role of spoiler when they travel to Cadiz for the Coal Bucket.
1 Akron Manchester (8-0) The Panthers are in the drivers seat as they finish the season with Tusky Valley (4-4) and then a tough opponent in CVCA (5-2).CONTROL OWN DESTINY.
2 Chagrin Falls (7-1) The Red Devils probably will not get any help form the Tigers as they finish with Orange (3-5) and Perry (5-3). CONTROL OWN DESTINY.
3 Campbell Memorial (7-1) Memorial shares a mascot with St. Clairsville and may be helpful in getting Brett McLean back into the top four. Memorial will receive little in the way of points from Newton Falls (1-7) and then a road game against Struthers (4-4) is far from a lock. Local fans may recall that these red Devils picked up one of their losses at East Liverpool (7-1) 21-28 in 2 overtimes. Memorial also lost to Salem (7-1) 21-43 in week six - a common opponent with Struthers who lost to Salem 34-21.
6 Garfield (6-2) The Garrettsville G-Men have Rootstown (5-3) and D VI opponent Windham (2-6) remaining.
7 Perry 5-3 is going to be a helper for St. C with Wickliffe (1-7) providing little help in the points column and then number Chagrin Falls (7-1).
8 Cleveland Central Catholic 6-2 The Ironmen are coming off a loss to Elyria Catholic and have Trinity (3-5) before D II Lake Catholic (7-1).
Just out of the hunt: 9 Cortland Lakeview (6-2) and 10 Canton Canton Central Catholic. As we mentioned earlier, Lakeview’s Bulldogs have Salem this week before Champion (5-3). The Crusaders finish with Gilmour Academy (2-6) and St Thomas Aquinas (4-4).
Division 3, Region 11
While the Number one Marlington Dukes have clinched a playoff spot they face off against the DII Lousiville Leopards this Friday night. Steubenville holds on at number 2 and hosts a pair of New York opponents to close the 2010 campaign.
1 8-0 Alliance Marlington CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT 2 6-2 Steubenville CONTROL OWN DESTINY 3 7-1 East Liverpool CONTROL OWN DESTINY 4 8-0 Sheridan CONTROL OWN DESTINY 5 6-2 Licking Valley 6 7-1 Minerva 7 7-1 Salem 8 7-1 Richmond Edison
Window Shopping: 9 6-2 Dover 10 6-2 Licking Heights 11 5-3 Granville 12 5-3 New Concord John Glenn 13 5-3 Wintersville Indian Creek
This Friday I will begin at the 7 pm kick between Shadyside and Bridgeport then travel to St. Clairsville for some of Kelly’s famous chili and the Red Devils victory celebration over James Monroe.
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