Bishop Ready at Minford
Coming off a 16-7 road loss to Paint Valley, Minford rebounded last week with a 54-0 victory over the Northwest Mohawks in the Falcons home opener. Minford (3-1) will play its second straight game at home as the Columbus Bishop Ready Silver Knights come to town.
Division VI Bishop Ready (2-2) has dropped its last two games to D-IV power London and D-V power Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. In their last three games, the Silver Knights have allowed at least 34 points.
Green at Symmes Valley
The Green Bobcats are coming off a 52-16 loss at East. Green (1-3) has allowed more than 50 points in its three losses this season. The lone win for the Bobcats was a 30-18 home victory over Hannan High School in West Virginia.
Symmes Valley, who shared the SOC I crown in a three-way tie last season, suffered a major setback in its first conference game of the season last week, falling to Oak Hill 33-6. The 1-3 Vikings are looking to pick up their first conference win against the Bobcats Friday to keep pace in a crowded division.
Adena at Piketon
Coming off a 35-8 loss to Valley, Piketon (2-2) rebounded in a major way last week, beating Southeastern 38-3. In the Redstreaks’ two wins this season, Piketon has allowed five total points.
The Adena Warriors also enter the matchup with a 2-2 record. Adena rebounded a week ago with a 42-7 victory over Westfall, which came on the heels of two consecutive losses. The Warriors are playing their third straight road game.
Wheelersburg at Jackson
For the second straight year, it’s the battle of the unbeatens. Wheelersburg and Jackson both enter Friday night with a 4-0 record. In fact, the Ironmen enter the contest with a 17-game regular-season winning streak on the line. Both teams are ranked in the state. Wheelersburg was No. 3 in D-V in the latest Ohio AP Football Poll, Jackson was ranked 10th in D-III.
Northwest at Eastern
The Northwest Mohawks enter SOC I play after being shut out 54-0 at Minford last week. Northwest (2-2) won a share of the SOC I crown last year in a three-way tie. However, if the Mohawks want to start fast in conference play this season, they’ll have to conquer the unknown as they play the new kid of the block — the Eastern Eagles — for the first time.
Eastern (2-2) got a rude awakening in its first conference game last week, losing 36-24 to the Notre Dame Titans. The Eagles have allowed 20 or more points in three of their first four games.
Waverly at Caldwell
The Waverly Tigers enter play with a 3-2 record, which includes their current two-game win streak. After pulling a bit of an upset against Unioto, the Tigers traveled to Ridgedale last week and left town with a 44-7 victory.
The Caldwell Redskins are 4-0 on the season and have only allowed 16 points on the season. Caldwell has scored over 30 points in three games this season, while eclipsing the 40-point barrier twice.
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