WEEK FOUR FORECAST
Carrollton at Salem, 7 p.m.
Salem (3-0) finds itself at the start of the new Eastern Buckeye Conference slate with a state ranking and belief that it can make a run for the league title. Carrollton (2-1) ripped off wins over Coventry and Cambridge the past two weeks, but also took it on the chin against state-ranked St. Clairsville in the opener. The Warriors have not beaten Salem since 2014.
Alliance at West Branch, 7 p.m.
West Branch (3-0) is averaging 49 points per game so far this season and because of that the Warriors might be shaping up to be a contender to win the first Eastern Buckeye Conference title. Alliance (1-2) limped out of the gate with whitewash losses to Canfield and Hubbard but rebounded with a win over Buckeye 8 North Division favorite Indian Creek last week.
Minerva at Canton South, 7 p.m.
Minerva (0-3) extended its losing streak to 33 games last week and have scored 13 points in each loss this season. Canton South (0-3) has not had much success this season and has not scored a touchdown since the first game.
Marlington at South Range, 7 p.m.
Marlington (2-1) will likely be in the mix for the Eastern Buckeye Conference title, but outside of a close loss to Poland in the opener the Dukes are a little bit of a mystery. South Range (2-1) looked impressive in its win over rival Crestview on Friday and could be trending upward.
Columbiana at Leetonia, 7 p.m.
It’s bizarro world for this one as Leetonia (3-0) enters as an unbeaten state-ranked team and the 0-3 Clippers are just trying to find some traction to stop a five-game losing streak stretching back to last season. It’s worth noting that Columbiana’s losses came to teams that went a combined 9-0.
East Palestine at United, 7 p.m.
East Palestine (1-2) finally got on the board with a win over Campbell Memorial last week, but it’s still largely considered the favorite to repeat as Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference champions. United (2-1) lost to East Palestine by 29 last season and its two wins this season came over 0-3 Minerva and Malvern.
Lisbon at Wellsville, 7 p.m.
Lisbon (2-1) currently holds a four-game winning streak over the Tigers (1-2). The Blue Devils came out of the game this season with solid wins over Malvern and Mineral Ridge, but things have become less clear now that the team is dealing with some injuries. Wellsville had to hold on to beat Malvern by a point last week, but the Tigers might be in a position for an upset depending on which Lisbon team shows up.
Warren JFK at Crestview, 7 p.m.
Crestview (1-2) has tested itself with a strong schedule so far this season but the Rebels will need to start winning more of these contests to keep the team in the running for the playoffs. Warren JFK (1-2) traditionally brings a strong challenge but the Div. VII Eagles have fell on a bit of hard times this season with back-to-back blowout losses to Girard and LaBrae.
Western Reserve at Sebring, 7 p.m.
Western Reserve, like Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference members Springfield and McDonald, started out the season with three straight wins but unlike those other two teams is not state-ranked. Sebring (0-3) has not won in 15 and has given up more than 50 points in each game this season.
Springfield at Jackson-Milton, 7 p.m.
State-ranked Springfield (3-0) has looked sharp in its three wins. Jackson-Milton (0-3) is struggling having lost eight straight, but the Bluejays first three opponents had a combined record of 8-1.
Toronto at Southern, 7 p.m.
State-ranked Southern (3-0) ran through its non-league schedule unblemished and it’s sitting at the top of Div. VI, Region 21. As Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference play opens, the Indians look like a contender. Toronto, which will leave the EOAC following the school year, is 1-2. The Red Knights and Indians share a common opponent in Steubenville Central. Toronto lost by 35 in the opener to the Crusaders while Southern won by 13 on Saturday.