(5-2) Oak Hill @ (2-5) East
The Tartans will face a tough test this Friday night. The SOC I favorite Oak Hill Oaks have been marching through their conference competition as they hope to repeat as conference champs for the second consecutive season. The Oaks winning their first three conference games of the season by a 133-7 margin of victory means the Tartans will need to pull off a large upset to get their third win on the season this Friday night.
(6-1) Green @ (4-3) Eastern
One of the more interesting games this Friday night will be between the Green Bobcats and the Eastern Eagles. The 4-3 Eagles were ranked 15th in the Division VI Region 23 computer rankings, while Green moved up to 5th in the Division VII Region 27 rankings following their victory over Manchester last Friday night, 55-0. This will be Green’s first of three road games to close out the season and one they must win in order to make their week ten matchup with Oak Hill for the SOC I title.
(1-6) Notre Dame @ (0-7) Northwest
A week after winning their first game of the season, the Notre Dame Titans dropped a heartbreaker a week ago against Symmes Valley, a game they will need to place on the back burner in preparation for this conference matchup with Northwest. The Mohawks are winless so far on the season but have a good opportunity to change that this Friday night in a home contest with their county rival coming to McDermott. Ball security and sound defense play are the keys to the game for either team to come out on top Friday night.
(8-0) Ashland Blazer @ (5-3) Greenup County
In the past few years, when the number one team in the Kentucky AP poll in Class 4A comes to Greenup to face the Musketeers, that team is Johnson Central, who defeated Greenup 51-0 last Friday night. However, there is a different number one team in the Class 4A this season and that would be the Ashland Tomcats who are an undefeated 8-0 heading into their week nine contest with the Musketeers. For Greenup to pull off the upset and knock off the bluegrass state’s number one team, new Marshall commit and quarterback Eli Sammons will need to have a solid game against a very impressive Ashland defense.
(4-3) Fairland @ (4-3) Portsmouth
The battle of 4-3 teams will be at Trojan Coliseum this Friday night as the Trojans hope to claim another home victory. Talyn Parker had an incredible performance a week ago in Portsmouth’s road victory over Chesapeake as he will need to do once again for Portsmouth to make a postseason run. Currently, the Trojans stand in 13th place in the Division V Region 20 computer points standings with three weeks to go. Friday is a must win for head coach Bruce Kalb’s team against the Division IV Region 15 5th ranked Dragons.
(5-2) Belpre @ (2-5) Valley
Indians head coach Darren Crabtree was critical of his team’s preparation leading up to their SOC road opener a week ago against Portsmouth West. This week, Valley has another tough test in the 5-2 Belpre Golden Eagles coming to Lucasville. For Crabtree’s sake, the Indians’ talented playmakers will need to show up for this Friday’s contest in order to pull off the upset prior to their two final games of SOC play.
(6-1) Minford @ (6-1) Wheelersburg
Wheelersburg had one of the more impressive performances in recent memory last Friday night against a then undefeated Waverly Tigers team. Now, the Pirates will have their first of two SOC II home games as they will play host to the Minford Falcons. Minford will more than likely be without running back Ty Wiget who was injured in the final downs of the Falcons home contest against Portsmouth West in week six. For Minford to knock off the defending state champs, they will need to execute to perfection offensively against a Wheelersburg defense who forced a highly offensively efficient Waverly team to commit six turnovers a week ago.
(6-1) Portsmouth West @ (6-1) Waverly
Ben Johnson’s Portsmouth West team has another tough test this Friday night in a road trip on U.S. 23 North to face a Waverly Tigers team coming off a very one sided loss at the hands of Wheelersburg, 49-0. With the return of senior quarterback Dylan Bradford last week in a halftime win against Valley 29-6, the Senators are playing at a very high level of football in perfect time for the upcoming postseason. But first, West will need to play another patented solid defensive game to shutdown a very explosive Waverly offensive attack led by offensive weapons Payton Shoemaker and wide receiver brothers Phoenix and Easton Wolf.
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