Eastern at Notre Dame
After taking a 36-6 defeat to the Fayetteville Rockets last weekend, the Notre Dame Titans will look to rebound on Friday evening when Notre Dame faces Eastern.
Both units were only able to garner a touchdown last week in their respective losses, but the Eagles and the Titans have promising skill players abound on each roster. Notre Dame brings a three-headed monster in the backfield with Ben Mader, Chase Matiz, and promising freshman Logan Emnett while Eastern has Parker Clemmons, Logan Clemmons, and Cody Weaver among many others that can make plays with the ball in their hands.
Northwest at Minford
After showing signs of promise last week in matchups against Chillicothe Huntington and Nelsonville-York, respectively, the Northwest Mohawks and the Minford Falcons will look to show off their improvement in a Friday evening showdown between the two programs.
Northwest, who scored 28 points last week against the Huntsmen, will look to ride Austin Howard and Ashton Hall, among others, on Friday evening. Caleb Goodson is among a litany of athletes who have shown improvement for the Mohawks in 2017.
As for Minford, the Falcons, who cut a 40-14 Nelsonville-York lead down to 43-33 before the Buckeyes eventually put things away, will look for big performances from Darius Jordan and Breydan Tilley, who have been effective on both sides of the football. Jordan collected 83 yards receiving and two touchdowns against Nelsonville-York, while Tilley broke the 100-yard all purpose mark by collecting 30 yards receiving and taking a 96-yard kickoff return back for a score to open last week’s affair.
Portsmouth at Rock Hill
After a road loss to Galion, the Portsmouth Trojans will look to rebound when Aaron Duncan’s squad takes to the road to face the Rock Hill Redmen in Pedro for its OVC opener.
Portsmouth will have to overcome a scoring drought that has plaqued the Trojans in recent weeks, as Portsmouth hasn’t scored in a timespan of 80:39. Rock Hill fell to Oak Hill last week, 20-13.
Raceland (Ky.) at Valley
After obtaining a critical 22-19 victory over the Piketon Redstreaks on the road, the Valley Indians will look to claim its second win of the 2017 season when Valley hosts Raceland (Ky.) on Friday evening in Lucasville.
Valley, who defeated Piketon thanks to a touchdown pass from Andrew Shope to Tanner Spradlin with less than two minutes to play, will look to crack a Raceland defense that hasn’t allowed a point over its last 10 quarters of football. Damon Black and Judd Adkins are among the weapons that the Indians will have to account for when Valley takes on the No. 5 ranked team in the KHSAA’s Class 1A realm.
West at Wellston
After overcoming its third consecutive deficit in as many weeks and obtaining another huge victory by defeating Coal Grove, 28-6, the Senators — now ranked No. 9 in the first AP Ohio Division V Football Poll of the season — will look to avenge a road loss from two seasons ago when West takes on Wellston in Wellston.
The West defense, who has bent but never broke over its first three affairs, collected four interceptions last week to help the Senators follow up 32 unanswered points in a win over Portsmouth with 28 unanswered points against the Hornets. Garrett Hurd ran for 72 yards and a pair of scores while Dylan Bradford added 105 more tallies through the air en route to the win.
The Senators will also need another big effort from Josh Berry, who accumulated an astonishing 16 tackles on Saturday against Coal Grove, with an improving Golden Rockets program that has collected victories over Chillicothe Huntington (21-9) and Adena (48-6) so far in 2017.
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