Shadyside, St. C. look to claim OVAC titles
The final week of football has come for some high school teams in Ohio, but for others it serves as the final tune up for the postseason push.
There are five games on tap tonight, with three having playoff implications across the Buckeye State.
at Monroe Central (4-4)
The Seminoles welcome the Tigers to Monroe Memorial Park with both teams having already assured themselves another week of action.
Shadyside enters as No. 2 in Div. VII, Region 27 behind Newark Catholic, while Monroe Central is 10th. A win would not only cement a home game for the Tigers in the opening round of the playoffs, but it would also allow them to clinch the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 2A crown.
The contest also features two of the top Small School performers in the Ohio Valley and the Eastern District in Shadyside senior Wyatt Reiman and Monroe Central senior Malachi Rose-Burton.
Shadyside also checked in at No. 10 in the latest Associated Press D-VII poll.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7.
River (5-4) at Frontier (5-2)
These two Ohio 7 rivals are battling for a home game in the first round of the D-VII, Region 27 playoffs as they clash in Beaverton.
The Pilots are currently seventh with an average of 8.4327 points, with the Cougars right behind at 8.0938.
River has won three straight, including a 35-6 verdict at Conotton Valley last week. Frontier, meanwhile, is coming off a 46-28 shellacking at Monroe Central.
Kickoff is set for 7.
at St. Clairsville (8-1)
The Red Devils are assured a home game next week as they are second in D-IV, Region 15 when the Bobcats visit Red Devil Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. kick off. Bloom-Carroll is No. 1.
Cambridge is 8th in the same region and just a half-point ahead of No. 9 Columbus Linden McKinley.
St. Clairsville has won seven in a row since a loss to Wheeling Park. In those wins, it has outscored the opposition 302-57, including 35-0 last week over Wheeling Central.
Cambridge has won two straight and three of its last four.
A victory would allow the Red Devils to clinch the OVAC Class 4A title.
at Paden City (2-4)
The Bulldogs trek across the Ohio River to meet the Wildcats at Berger Field in Wetzel County.
Bridgeport is trying to snap a two-game losing streak after posting back-to-back victories over Federal Hocking and Beallsville.
Paden City has dropped two straight, including 40-14 at Beallsville last week.
at Cameron (7-0)
The Blue Devils are journey across the Ohio River to meet the unbeaten hosts at Dragon Stadium.
Beallsville halted a four-game losing streak last week.
Cameron blanked Clay-Battelle, 44-0, last week.