PREP FOOTBALL FORECAST
Salem at United, 7 p.m.
Salem (1-0) looked strong against defending Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference champion East Palestine in its 38-21 win in the opener. Meanwhile, United (1-0) handed Minerva its 31st straight loss. The Eagles’ last win over their Quaker neighbors was in 2014.
West Branch at Beaver Local, 7 pm.
Beaver Local (1-0) had its way with Wellsville in the opener, but West Branch (1-0) will be more of a challenge this week. The Warriors (1-0) looked good in an opening win over Crestview and will have last season’s 39-36 loss to the Beavers in the back of their head.
Sandy Valley at Minerva, 7 p.m.
Minerva (0-1) dropped its 31st straight game last Friday and Sandy Valley (1-0) romped to a 42-12 win over Fairless in its opener. The Lions and Cardinals went to three overtimes last year so this could get interesting.
East Palestine at Western Reserve, 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs (0-1) need a bounce-back after suffering a 38-21 loss to Salem in Friday’s opener. Meanwhile, Western Reserve (1-0) can really start building a strong case for being the team to beat in the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference with a win here.
Cleveland JFK at South Range, 7 p.m.
A state-final four team a season ago, South Range (0-1) finds itself in a whole different set of circumstances following the opening night loss to Springfield, Range’s first regular season loss since Sept. 30, 2016 (also against Springfield). Div. III Cleveland JFK (0-1) has not had a winning season since 2011.
Mathews at Leetonia, 7 p.m.
Leetonia (1-0) broke a 15-game losing streak with a win over Lowellville in the opener. With Mathews (0-1) getting blanked 14-0 by Ashtabula St. John’s in the opener, this is a good opportunity for the Bears to start their first winning streak since 2013.
Sebring at Southington, 7 p.m.
Southington (1-0) won its opener over Jackson-Milton for the first time since 2013 last Friday. Sebring (0-1) has dropped 13 straight.
Columbiana at McDonald, 7 p.m.
The Clippers (0-1) are playing all of the top Mahoning Athletic Valley Conference contenders in its three non-league games. The Western Reserve game did not go to great for the Clippers in last Thursday’s opener. This next set of Devils (1-0) will also be tough.
Lisbon at Mineral Ridge, 7 p.m.
Lisbon (1-0) came out of the gates with a 41-6 win over Malvern extending its winning streak for games played in August to six. The Rams (0-1) dropped an overtime thriller to Pymatuning Valley in the opener. Ridge, who finished 2017 at 6-4, beat Py Valley by 36 last season.
Struthers at Crestview, 7 p.m.
Coming off an opening loss to West Branch, the Rebels (0-1) must not let too many more games slip away if they’re to qualify for the playoffs on what is essentially a nine-game schedule. Struthers (1-0) was a 16-9 winner in last year’s meeting.
Brookfield at Springfield
Springfield (1-0) should feel good coming off the opening win against rival South Range. Brookfield (0-1) was roasted by Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference’s McDonald 48-14 in last Friday’s contest. This could be a good measuring stick for the Sept. 21 Springfield-McDonald game.