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WEEK SEVEN FOOTBALL FORECAST

Salem at Alliance,

7 p.m., Friday

The Quakers (5-1, 2-1) fell back to earth with its first tough test of the season in a 24-16 loss to Marlington last week. It doesn’t get much easier as Alliance (3-3, 2-0) has its sights set on a run in the Eastern Buckeye Conference as well. If the Quakers fall here, a league title might be just out of reach.

West Branch at Canton South

7 p.m., Friday

The Warriors (1-5, 1-2) answered the bell in a big way with a win over Carrollton last week. While it hasn’t been a joyous season in Beloit, the Warriors have lost their games by an average of about 13 points so they’ve been competitive throughout. Canton South (2-4, 1-2) isn’t heading to the playoffs and won’t win the league but the Wildcats can still make a push for the middle of the pack in the EBC.

Marlington at Minerva,

7 p.m., Friday

A week after ending a 44-game losing skid, the Lions (1-5, 0-2) were shut out by River View. The team is still playing better than it has been for quite some time, but Marlington (4-2, 2-0) might just be a step above the rest in the Eastern Buckeye Conference.

Jefferson Area at South Range

7 p.m., Friday

The Raiders (3-3, 1-2 in the Northeast 8) lost their second overtime game of the season last week but get a bit of a great from the league’s bigger schools as they host fellow Div. V school Jefferson (1-5, 0-3) this week. The Raiders still have a shot at the playoffs, but the margin for error is razor-thin.

Sebring at McDonald

7 p.m., Friday

Sebring’s 2-1 start to the season is well off in the rear view mirror now as the Trojans (2-4, 0-3) have dropped three straight. McDonald (3-3, 1-2) isn’t up to the calibre of past seasons but the Devils shouldn’t be scared of a Trojan team which hasn’t won a league game since 2016.

Waterloo at Western Reserve

7 p.m.,Thursday

It’s a Thursday night special for this Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference pair. Western Reserve (5-1, 3-0) comes in with a five-game winning streak. The Vikings (1-5, 1-2) just haven’t put up much of a fight in the league. It won’t be easy for the Blue Devils after this contest as the last three teams on the schedule are a combined 15-3 so far in 2019.

Leetonia at Lisbon

7 p.m., Friday

This game won’t be dictating any league championships or playoff spots, but it could be a key indicator of growth for these squads. The Bears (3-3, 0-2) have been able to hang with all of their opponents, while Lisbon (1-5, 0-3) has scored six points total in losses to league contenders Wellsville and Southern in the last two weeks.

Wellsville at United

7 p.m., Friday

The Tigers (5-1, 3-0) control their own destiny in the EOAC and land in a favorable position against a very depleted United (2-4, 1-1) squad. A win here would go a long way to pushing the Tigers closer to a playoff spot in Div. VI, Region 25.

Brookfield at Columbiana

7 p.m., Friday

Brookfield (5-1) has already played two Columbiana County teams this season and has outscored those opponents 98-35. Columbiana (3-3) must have this to make a case for the playoffs and the area will be watching as the game has been chosen as WYFX’s Game of the Week.

Crestview at Campbell

7 p.m., Friday

The Red Devils (3-3, 1-1 in the All-American Conference) have turned things around after going 0-10 a season ago. While they’re still not quite up to the level of league front-runners Champion and Brookfield, the team has been competitive in every game. The young Rebels (1-5, 1-1) are still technically alive in the league hunt but will need to play much better down the stretch.

Southern at East Palestine

7 p.m., Friday

Southern (6-0, 2-0 in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference) is hitting its stride and has a favorable schedule ahead of it. If things remain the status quo and the Indians are healthy a 10-0 mark is well within reach. Interestingly enough, Drew Pasteur’s Fantastic 50 has the Indians with a 70 percent chance of missing out on a home game if they go 10-0. The same site has East Palestine (0-6, 0-3) ranked 101st out of 107 Div. VI teams.