Bridgeport looks to bounce back; Harrison seeks third win
Five games involving teams with very slim chances of making the postseason highlight the week 8 schedule. Not one of the squads has a winning record, and two are winless.
Carrick vs. Bridgeport
AT BROOKSIDE, the Bulldogs will be seeking to rebound from a 62-20 shellacking at the hands of River last week when the Lions visit Perkins Field inside Bill Jobko Stadium.
Junior quarterback Tino Kusic continued to pile up some pretty impressive numbers despite the setback last week. He is now 106 of 175 for 2,237 yards and 26 touchdowns. He has been intercepted four times. Kusic has thrown for an Ohio Valley record 8 touchdowns in a game this season, and also owns a 7-TD passing effort.
His favorite target is senior Jeremiah Booker who leads the Ohio Valley with 53 receptions for 1,127 yards and 15 TDs. Classmate Kane Kasprowski has caught 22 passes for 486 yards and five TDs, while John Michael Simmons is also a viable option.
Carrick has lost to Brentwood (32-8), Perry Traditional Academy (49-0), Farrell, Pa. (62-0), Linsly (42-18), Taylor Allderdice (34-0), University Prep (36-20) and Brashear (21-7).
Oak Glen vs. Harrison Central
AT CADIZ, the Huskies got back on the winning track last week with a rout of Edison and will look to make it two in a row when the Golden Bears visit the artificial turf at Wagner Field.
DeJuan Caldwell has taken over the reins of the Huskies’ offense after an injury sent Wyatt Elias to the backfield. The senior has completed half of his 42 attempts for 279 yards, two TDs and three picks. He has also run for 464 yards and half-a-dozen scores, and is the team’s leading receiver with 11 catches for 162 yards.
Junior Tyler West has been hampered by injuries the last few weeks but has still amassed 889 yards and 11 touchdowns on 116 carries. West also has caught seven passes for 140 stripes and a six-pointer.
Caldwell also has six interceptions.
Beallsville vs. Conotton Valley
AT LEESVILLE, the Blue Devils will be in search of their second consecutive triumph after pounding Hannan (56-3) last week.
Sophomore quarterback Dakota Phillips passed for a career-high 220 yards and four touchdowns. He now has 413 stripes and seven scoring strikes. On the ground, he leads the team with 416 yards. He has scored four TDs.
Freshman tailback Jason Beisel has collected 404 yards and found the end zone seven times on just 47 totes.
Sophomore Koty Milosaljevic is the leading receiver with 12 catches for 203 yards and three touchdowns.
East Liverpool vs. Buckeye Local
AT YORKVILLE, the Panthers will be out to snap a 29-game regular-season losing streak when the Potters visit World War II Memorial Stadium.
The last time Buckeye Local won a game was in week 8 of the 2014 season when it defeated, ironically, East Liverpool, 22-12. The last win before that, week 8 of 2013 against Western Reserve Academy.
Junior quarterback Shayne Christian set a school record for passing yards in a game with 373 last week in a loss to Beaver Local.
He missed the first half of the season after suffering a hand injury during the final preseason tuneup.
Sophomore Josh Dulesky leads Buckeye Local with 23 catches for 380 yards and three touchdowns. Senior John Marelli has 14 receptions for 293 stripes and TD, while also rushing for a team-best 412 yards and a trio of TDs.
East Liverpool beat Edison (21-0) in its opener, but then lost five straight contests before defeating Oak Glen (52-14) a week ago.
Tuscarawas Central Catholic vs. Buckeye Trail
AT OLD WASHINGTON, the Warriors are on a four-game slide after starting 2-1. They were whacked 44-14 by 2-5 Malvern last week after losing a 43-40 shootout to Strasburg two weeks ago.
Senior tailback Austin Snodgrass continues to be a consistent performer. He has picked up 1,315 yards and scored 12 touchdowns on 155 carries. He has a pair of 300-yard-plus games this season.
Quarterback Zach Grafton has passed for 408 yards and three scores. His prime target is Chase Stillion with 23 receptions for 242 yards and a TD.
The Saints have suffered back-to-back losses to Sandy Valley (35-0) and East Canton (34-0). Their lone two wins have come against teams with a combined 2-12 mark.