Valley at Minford
With last week’s losses behind them, the football programs at Minford and Valley will be looking to obtain some positive momentum when the Falcons and the Indians square off on Friday evening in a conference battle that will prove as an offseason boost to the victor.
Both programs, who fell to Waverly and Wheelersburg, respectively, were held to less than 100 yards in losses during Week 9, but have shown flashes of what they can do behind several game-breaking playmakers that include Gabe Streeter, Andrew Shope, Kayden Mollette, Breydan Tilley, Elijah Vogelsong-Lewis, Casey Gaines, Jordan Bowen, and Caleb Dunham, among others.
Minford (3-6) will play host to Valley (4-5) on Friday evening at 7 p.m.
Notre Dame at East
With a 38-7 victory under its belt, the East Tartans, led by head coach James Gifford, will be looking to sew up a playoff berth with a victory over Bob Ashley’s Notre Dame Titans on Friday evening.
Brady Douthat, who collected 161 total yards of offense and three touchdowns, will look to spearhead a strong offensive attack that also includes the strong rushing abilities of Ethan Gifford, Ethan Carver, and Kyle Flannery. The quartet, along with Mackie Kingery, Trace Smith, Devon Stevens, and J.D. Hatcher, have been critical components to the Tartans’ (7-2) offensive success in 2017.
As for Notre Dame, the Titans, who sit with a 2-7 record on the year, are certainly not a team to be slouched on. That was proven when Notre Dame gave Manchester all it could handle on the road at Manchester before falling in the closing minutes of its final nonconference matchup against the Greyhounds. Ben Mader, an explosive playmaker from all corners of the field, scored both touchdowns for the Titans.
The pair will square off at The Original Tartan Turf, also known as Allard Park, on Friday evening at 7 p.m.
Symmes Valley at Northwest
With two victories of 36 points or more in back-to-back weeks over Notre Dame and Green, the Northwest Mohawks will look to use that momentum en route to closing the season with three consecutive victories as Northwest plays host to Symmes Valley in what will be the final SOC I bout for both programs in 2017.
Symmes Valley, who, as mentioned, fell to East by a 38-7 tally, will look to establish a ground game that is led by Derik Brace, Layken Gothard, and Keifer Wilson in an attempt to keep its playoff hopes alive. Billy Crabtree, who has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in back-to-back weeks, will look to team with Garrett Rowe, who has eclipsed the 100-yard passing mark in back-to-back weeks, to keep the Vikings’ defense honest.
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