Barnesville bids to snap skid against Monroe Central
Half-a-dozen high school football teams will be playing for pride as the season enters week 8. None of the local squads will be playing in the postseason.
Of the seven games on tap, five are set for Friday night. Kickoffs are scheduled for 7 p.m. unless noted.
Barnesville (2-5) at
Monroe Central (0-7)
The Shamrocks and Seminoles get together on the natural grass surface inside Monroe Park. It is the only contest involving two teams from the Times Leader coverage area, neither squad expected what has transpired thus far.
Barnesville was 2-1 at one point this fall before suffering four consecutive setbacks, the latest being a 42-20 reversal at state-ranked and undefeated Fort Frye.
Ayden Hannahs took over at quarterback last week for the Green, replacing Tate Dowler.
Monroe Central ended a scoring drought last week when it found the end zone in a 38-7 loss at Shenandoah. They have been shutout five times and outscored 266-14.
Freshman quarterback Malachi Rose-Burton continues to improve.
Harrison Central (1-6) at Oak Glen (4-3)
The Huskies have been decimated by the injury bug as they trek to Hancock County to meet the Golden Bears on their artificial surface in New Manchester.
Standout tailback Tyler West has been relegated to a wide receiver role. However, he has responded as he caught seven balls for 148 yards and two touchdowns last week in a loss at state-ranked Lucas. he has accumulated 440 rushing yards and 406 receiving yards.
Sophomore quarterback Kobe Mitchell has passed for 1,215 yards and eight touchdowns on 80 of 143.
The Golden Bears have won four of their last five, including two straight, since an 0-2 start. They have posted back-to-back road wins at state-ranked Edison and Warren Local.
Reigning Sports Academy (2-3)
at Bridgeport (3-4)
The Bulldogs saw their three-game winning streak snapped at River last week. They will celebrate Homecoming tonight against a replacement team as Carrick (Pa.) no longer fields a team.
Senior Tino Kusic has been Bridgeport’s main offensive threat with more than 1,500 yards. The quarterback has passed for 872 yards on 43 of 85 while throwing 10 TDs. He has also rushed for 691 stripes.
The kickoff is slated for 7:30 at Red Devil Stadium in St. Clairsville.
Buckeye Local (0-7) at
East Liverpool (4-3)
The Panthers are hoping for a big dose of deja vu when they visit the Potters at Patterson Field.
hey have know lost 39 consecutive contests, but the last time they won was in Columbiana County in week 8 of the 2014 season.
Buckeye Local has only scored 14 points in its last three games.
The Potters are coming offa huge win over state-ranked Edison and have won three of their last four after a 1-2 beginning.
Conotton Valley (0-7) at Beallsville (1-6)
This battle in Monroe County could be called the “Attrition Bowl” as both squads are limited on personnel.
River (3-4) at Crestline (3-4)
The Pilots have captured wins in two of their last three games and three of their last five after starting 0-2 against teams with a combined 12-2 mark (Bellaire and Southern).
Quarterback Stone Thompson has passed for 736 yards and five touchdowns. He is 54-for-110. Carter Dennis (25-272) and Michael Johnson (23-346) are the top receiving threats.
The Bulldogs are from Crawford County and play in Division VII, Region 26. They have won two of their last three outings, including a 52-0 blanking of the St. John School last week.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Buckeye Trail (5-2) vs.
Tuscarawas CC (2-5)
The state-ranked Warriors, No. 13 in Division VI, Region 23, picked up a wild, 42-36, Inter-Valley Conference North Division victory in double overtime over Malvern last week at the Baker Activity Complex.
Zach Grafton finished the night with a 26-of-34 passing effort, good for 249 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 19 rushes for 70 yards and two scores. Isaac Hickman, meanwhile, caught 10 passes for 123 yards and two TDs. Both got into the act on defense as well, with Hickman recording two interceptions and Grafton getting one pick.
Junior Jack Parry had a big game defensively for Trail with seven solo tackles and 13 assists.