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WEEK SEVEN FORECAST

Minerva at Salem

7 p.m., Friday

Salem’s hopes for a possible Eastern Buckeye Conference title are pretty much dashed after back-to-back losses to Alliance and Marlington. The Quakers (5-2, 2-2) now must win out and hope their struggling non-league opponents turn it on to earn a chance at the Div. IV, Region 13 playoffs. Minerva (1-6, 1-2) has not turned in a strong performance since beating West Branch in Week Five.

West Holmes at West Branch

7 p.m., Friday

Two names with West in them and two 2-5 records. The Knights were a playoff team from a year ago, but have fallen on hard times. The Warriors’ downfall last season started with a week seven loss to the Knights.

United at Southern

7 p.m., Friday

The Indians (7-0, 3-0 in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference) certainly remember last season when United (3-4, 2-1) handed them their only regular season loss. The state-ranked Indians have been rolling this season though, but the Eagles can still manage to create havoc — as proved last week against Wellsville — even though they are far from full strength.

South Range at Lakeview

7 p.m., Friday

South Range (4-3, 2-2 in the Northeast 8) will have to be on guard against the Bulldogs (1-6, 0-4) as anyone in the Northeast 8 can provide a challenge if the opportunity presents itself. The Raiders will likely have to win two out of the last three to qualify for the playoffs.

Wellsville at Columbiana

7 p.m., Friday

This may be a case of teams heading in opposite directions. Columbiana (4-3, 2-1) pulled itself into the Div. VI, Region 21 playoff discussion with an upset of All-American Conference Brookfield last week. Wellsville (5-2, 3-1) is looking at being an underdog in each of its last three games and will be definitely missing the dynamic Darien Suggs as it desperately looks to cling to playoff hopes in Div. VII.

East Palestine at Leetonia

7 p.m., Friday

East Palestine (0-7, 0-4) has been outscored 351-41 this season. It’s unlikely to get any better against a Bear (4-3, 1-3) team which is taking full advantage of talented power back Marco Ferry’s great season.

Lisbon at Newton Falls

7 p.m., Friday

Lisbon (1-6, 1-3) lost for the first time since 2011 against Leetonia in the Spaghetti Bowl last Friday but the Devils did show some signs of life. Newton Falls (1-6) has been a doormat in the All-American Conference this season.

Liberty at Crestview

7 p.m., Friday

Crestview (2-5, 2-1 in the All-American Conference) kicked it into high gear with a 40-13 win over Campbell Memorial last week. Liberty (2-5, 1-3) scored 26 and 38 points in its two wins. In its five losses the Leopards have scored 20 total points.

Springfield at Sebring

7 p.m., Friday

Springfield (7-0, 4-0 in the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference) has looked like a contender to win the Div. VI, Region 21 title while mowing down its league competition. Sebring (2-5, 0-4) has yet to win a MVAC game in the three year history of the league.

Lowellville at Western Reserve

7 p.m., Friday

Lowellville (6-1, 3-1) has met most of its challenges so far this season, but Western Reserve (6-1, 4-0) is a different beast. The contest will be the WKBN game of the week. A win for the Rockets would pretty much clinch a playoff berth, while a win for the Blue Devils would set up a league-deciding showdown with Springfield.