Eastern (3-4) at Green (1-6)
With a 40-8 loss to Manchester behind them, the Green Bobcats will look to establish some momentum on Friday evening when Green plays host to Eastern in an SOC I matchup that will be held in Franklin Furnace.
Green will look to ride the back of Lonnie Smith in its SOC I affair as the Bobcats look for its first conference win of 2017 and its first victory since Sept. 2 (12-0 win over Hannan (W. Va.), while Eastern will attempt to move above the .500 mark on the year in conference play with the Eagles holding a 2-2 mark in SOC I action.
Northwest (0-7) at Notre Dame (2-5)
In a conference contest where both teams will be looking to establish some momentum, the Northwest Mohawks will make the trip to Portsmouth face off against the Notre Dame Titans on Friday evening at Spartan Stadium.
Northwest will look to garner its first victory of 2017 behind a line that includes Kyle Leslie, while Notre Dame will look to utilize the quartet of Caleb Nichols, Ben Mader, Logan Emnett, and Chase Matiz heavily in its ground-and-pound attack.
Portsmouth (3-4) at Fairland (4-3)
With a 34-14 win over Chesapeake last week, the Portsmouth Trojans will look to create further momentum in 2017 when Portsmouth heads to Proctorville to play the Fairland Dragons on Friday evening.
The tandem of Isaac Kelly and Talyn Parker, who have wreaked havoc throughout the conference slate for the Trojans, scored all five of Portsmouth’s touchdowns in the Trojans’ win over the Panthers last week. They’ll look to shake up the Ohio Valley Conference race in a big way with a victory over the Dragons, who are led by Joel Lambiotte, Keedrick Cunningham, and Chase Fisher among others.
Valley (2-5) at Belpre (3-4)
After a 38-7 loss to West last year, the Valley Indians will look to regather its footing against the Golden Eagles of Belpre on Friday evening in a nonconference battle that will be held at Belpre.
Valley will look to ride the waves that Gabe Streeter, Andrew Shope, Kayden Mollette, Tucker Williams, and others will bring to the table against Belpre, who has just one victory over a Division VI program (Federal Hocking, 51-0) in three attempts this year.
Wheelersburg (7-0) at Minford (3-4)
In all, rivalry contests always prove to be interesting. However, this year’s version of a matchup between Wheelersburg and Minford will definitely have some storylines to keep an eye out for.
For Wheelersburg, the Pirates showed no signs of slowing down by collecting 602 yards of total offense and holding the Waverly rushing attack to 30 yards on 26 carries en route to moving to 7-0 and obtaining their initial victory in conference victory with a 62-20 victory over Waverly. Minford, meanwhile, will be looking to show its own offensive firepower in an offense that includes Kelton Kelley, Caleb Dunham, Jordan Bowen, Elijah Voglesong-Lewis, and the running back tandem of Casey Gaines and Mason Brisker, among other talented student-athletes.
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