PREP FOOTBALL FORECAST
Salem at Minerva, 7 p.m.
The Quakers (3-4, 0-4) find them in the Eastern Buckeye Conference basement with Minerva (0-7, 0-3). This could be a good point for the Quakers to regroup or for Minerva to end its 37-game losing streak.
West Branch at
West Holmes, 7 p.m.
West Branch (6-1) takes a break from the EBC to travel to 5-2 West Holmes. The Warrior defense has limited its last three opponents to 12 total points. The winner of this game will get a nice computer point hail in Div. III.
South Range at Louisville, 7 p.m.
South Range (4-3) has yet another larger school to deal with this week. Louisville, left behind in the wake of the collapse of the Northeastern Buckeye Conference, is 4-3 having just come off a win over Cardinal Mooney.
United at Leetonia, 7 p.m.
United (5-2, 3-1) is in the precarious position of having to close out its EOAC schedule with three straight against Div. VII opponents. The Eagles will be scoreboard watching in the next few weeks to see if Columbiana slips up as far as the league is concerned. Leetonia (3-4, 0-4) did not score in its last two games.
Lisbon at Columbiana, 7 p.m.
League-leading Columbiana (4-3, 4-0) has allowed only 50 total points in its Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference games after giving up 110 in its losses to the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference contenders to start the season. Lisbon (3-4, 1-3) has scored 20 points total in its EOAC games.
Wellsville at Southern, 7 p.m.
Southern (6-1, 3-1) saw its win streak snapped by a hungry United team last week. The Indians are still very much alive for the league title and the playoffs. Wellsville, like the other Div. VII teams in the conference, has struggled. The Tigers (2-5, 1-3) have lost three straight.
Western Reserve at Waterloo,
Licking its wounds from a loss to Springfield, the Blue Devils (6-1, 3-1) might be out of the playoff picture. The league picture is a different story. If the Devils defeat the 1-6, 0-4 Vikings, they’ll set up a showdown to remember with league-leading McDonald in Week Nine.
McDonald at Sebring, 7 p.m.
McDonald (7-0, 4-0) rules the roost in the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference and Sebring (0-7, 0-4) has eight points to its name this season. Could be a great time to rest some players in preparation for next week’s showdown with Western Reserve.
East Palestine at Toronto, 7 p.m.
One team is playing out the string here, the other is fighting for the playoffs. Not many could have predicted the defending EOAC champion Bulldogs (3-4, 2-2) to be out of reach of significant team milestones. If Toronto (3-4, 2-2) can win two out of its last three, the Red Knights will be looking a playoff berth in Div. VII Region 25.
Kent Roosevelt at Crestview,
The Rebels (4-2) are in prime territory to make a run at a home playoff game if things keep going the way they have been. Div. II Kent Roosevelt (2-5) has played six teams who now have winning records in Week Eight.
Springfield at Mineral Ridge, 7 p.m.
The Tigers (6-1, 3-1) won’t have a bigger game than last week’s matchup with Western Reserve the rest of the season. Springfield has three games against heavily overmatched opponents to clear the MVAC slate starting with the Rams (1-6, 1-3).
Buckeye Local at East Liverpool, 7:30 p.m.
Buckeye Local (0-7) sits on the verge of a milestone of futility. The Panthers stand at 39 losses in-a-row and with another one will be the eighth team in Ohio history to drop at least 40 straight games in a row. The Potters (4-3) had a record-breaking performance from Jalen Moman last week as he became only the third Potter to score 30 points (five touchdowns) in a game on the ground. The others were Henry Pack vs. Wellsville in 1945 and Willie Leavell vs. Salem in 2008.