Bellaire, Harrison clash on Saturday
The third week of the high school football season has some very interesting matchups. Out of the contests on tap, two feature teams that are undefeated; seven have teams that are looking to improve to 3-0; and three have squads seeking their initial victories.
Magnolia (0-1) at Shadyside (0-2)
The Tigers will make their home debut on the brand new astroturf surface at Fleming Field as the Blue Eagles cross the Ohio River and head north on Ohio 7. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m
Shadyside has fallen at Martins Ferry (22-16) and at Bellaire (20-13) in a couple of hard-fought battles. Penalties were a factor in both losses.
Tailback Wyatt Reiman has picked up 115 yards and scored two TDs on 30 carries, while fullback Jacob Visnic has carried 12 times for 41 yards. Quarterback Rhys Francis has completed 19 of 44 passes for 285 yards, two scores and a pick. Mason VanNest has nine receptions for 135 yards and a TD. Visnic has landed four aerials for 91 stripes and a six-pointer.
Magnolia lost at home last week, 26-0, to Ritchie County.
East Liverpool (2-0) at St. C. (2-0)
This ‘meetin’ of the unbeaten’ will kickoff at 7:30 Friday night inside Red Devil Stadium.
The Potters have defeated Beaver Local (27-15) and won at Indian Creek (34-13) while the Red Devils have prevailed over Oak Hill (31-19) and at Wheeling Park (26-21).
Quarterback Tyler Tonkovich has been the Red Devils do-it-all in the first two weeks. The senior has passed for 329 yards and five TDs on 26 of 48. He has also rushed 32 times for 174 yards and two scores.
Jacob Jordan has 140 yards rushing and a TD while Colin Oberdick has caught eight passes for 169 yards and a trio of six-pointers.
Reese Skaggs leads the defense with four quarterback sacks, Austin DaRe had an interception that sealed last week’s win at Wheeling Island Stadium. He also has a fumble recovery.
Buckeye (0-2) at Toronto (0-2)
The Panthers have struggled finding the end zone in the first two weeks as they have only managed six points, those coming in a 19-6 loss at Union Local last week. They opened with a 35-0 setback at home to Barnesville.
Kickoff is set for 7 at Clark Hinkle Stadium in the Gem City.
Brian Palmer Jr. caught five passes for 89 yards that included a 10-yard scoring strike from Trey Hoover, who passed for 107 stripes on 8 of 20. Palmer Jr. also ran the ball four times for 20 yards.
Toronto, after losing 31-19 to Edison in its opener, trailed Harrison Central 28-23 after three quarters last week before watching the Huskies explode for 27 fourth-quarter points in a 55-23 loss.
Edison (2-0) at Barnesville (1-1)
The Shamrocks looked really good in their season-opening 35-0 win at
Buckeye Local, but not so good in their home-opener last Friday, a 36-15 loss at the hands of Beaver Local.
The Wildcats are unbeaten after two weeks for the first time since 2002 when they started 3-0. They defeated Toronto (31-19) in week one before outscoring Conotton Valley, 23-14, last week.
Frontier (2-0) at Bridgeport (1-1)
The Bulldogs will welcome the Cougars to Purple Rider Stadium inside the Dave Bruney Football Complex in Martins Ferry for a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday night.
Bridgeport lost 41-8 last week at Monroe Central after winning on the road at Federal Hocking, 15-6, in week one.
Quinton Burlenski has a touchdown catch in each game for the Bulldogs. Joey Bugaj ran for 74 yards last week against Monroe Central.
Frontier has rolled past Southern Local (42-6) and Beallsville (66-8).
Beallsville (0-2) at Hundred (0-1)
The Blue Devils have also had a hard time reaching the end zone as they have lost to Conotton Valley (41-0) and Frontier (66-8).
Harrison (2-0) at Bellaire (2-0)
Both teams come into the contest following impressive victories.
The Huskies led Toronto 28-23 after three quarters in week 2 before exploding for 27 points in the fourth quarter en route to a 55-23 triumph, while the Big Reds scored the final 20 points in a 20-13 win over Shadyside.
Harrison Central is led by the offensive trio of quarterback Kobe Mitchell, tailback James Brooks and wideout Trevor Carman.
Leading the Big Reds has been the running duo of Brandon Mamie and Colt Sechrest.
Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Nelson Field.