10 Ohio high school football games to watch this week

10 Ohio high school football games to watch this week


10 Ohio high school football games to watch this week


Summit Country Day (3-3, 0-1 MVC) at CHCA (5-1, 1-0)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at CHCA

WHAT TO WATCH: Summit Country Day defeated Lockland 37-0 last week. CHCA defeated Clark Montessori 34-6 last week. CHCA junior Kesean Gamble had 153 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the Eagles last weekend. “He is a stud,” CHCA coach Eric Taylor said.

Madeira (4-2, 2-1 CHL) at Wyoming (5-1, 2-1)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Wyoming

WHAT TO WATCH: Madeira defeated Deer Park 37-0 last week. Junior running back Greg Corn rushed for a season-high 120 yards to go along with three touchdowns for the Mustangs. Senior wide receiver Nicholas Cedillo had two receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Senior linebacker Jacob Megois had 11 tackles (eight solo). Wyoming defeated Mariemont 34-0 last week. The Cowboys earned 254 yards of total offense compared to Mariemont’s 69 yards. Senior running back Justin Shields had 185 yards rushing and three touchdowns last week for Wyoming.

Elder QB Peyton Ramsey leads the Panthers against visiting Moeller Friday night.

Elder QB Peyton Ramsey leads the Panthers against visiting Moeller Friday night.

Northwest (5-1, 2-0 SWOC) at Edgewood (5-1, 2-0)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Edgewood

WHAT TO WATCH: Northwest defeated Talawanda 27-20 last week. Junior Devonte Faulkner had a season-high 180 yards rushing to go along with a touchdown. Senior Devin Schnur had two receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown last week. “We have told our kids that games like these (both teams 5-1) are the reason why they play football,” Northwest coach Nate Mahon said. “It should be a great atmosphere with a lot on the line, and it feels good to have a game of this magnitude in Week 7. It’s always a good thing to be relevant this late in the season.” Edgewood defeated Little Miami 35-14 last week – the Cougars’ third consecutive win. “Northwest is a big, fast and aggressive team,” Edgewood coach Scott Clemmons said. “They fly to the ball defensively and offensively they have playmakers at running back and receiver. Their quarterback is a smart player who sees the field well and he throws a great ball.” Junior Dakota Schramm had 111 yards rushing and three touchdowns last week. Junior Devon Garrett had 111 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Harrison (4-2, 2-0 SWOC) at Mount Healthy (4-2, 3-0)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Mount Healthy

WHAT TO WATCH: Harrison defeated Western Brown 63-14 last week. Senior running back Alex Anderson rushed 17 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns for the Wildcats. Senior quarterback Mitchell Hogue accounted for three touchdowns for Harrison. Junior defensive back Drew Banks had a fumble recovery and an interception. Wide receiver Gerald Smith touched the ball six times, accrued 231 all-purpose yards with touchdowns on a 65-yard run, 39-yard reception and a 70-yard kickoff return as last week. Mount Healthy won its third consecutive game last week – this time a 38-17 win over Ross. Senior David Montgomery rushed for 196 yards and four touchdowns for Mount Healthy. Junior defensive back Bryan Cook had a 57-yard return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

La Salle (6-0, 1-0 GCL South) at St. Xavier (4-2, 1-1)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at St. Xavier

WHAT TO WATCH: This is one of the top 10 games to watch in the nation this weekend, according to MaxPreps. St. Xavier gave La Salle its only loss in 2014, but that was nearly a year ago (Oct. 10, 2014 at La Salle). The Lancers continue to roll along this season. “This is another big week with facing such a great opponent in St. X,” La Salle coach Jim Hilvert said. “They are well coached and very talented. We have to be very physical in the trenches on both sides of the ball. On defense we have to tackle well and create turnovers.” Last week La Salle defeated Moeller 13-7 in overtime at Lockland. Kyle Farwick (nine tackles), John Wilcox (nine tackles) and Jarell White (eight tackles) were among the defensive standouts. St. Xavier lost to visiting Elder 24-17 in double overtime. “At this point in the season with our schedule it somewhat becomes a war of attrition,” St. X coach Steve Specht said. “When you run the GCL gauntlet after playing some other great teams it starts to take its toll. That’s true of all the GCL South teams.” Senior defensive back J.P. Bitzenhofer had 10 tackles for the Bombers last week. Specht said the Bombers must slow down the La Salle running attack. The Bombers want to work on balance in the offense.

Moeller (2-4, 0-2 GCL South) at Elder (5-1, 1-0)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Elder

WHAT TO WATCH: Elder defeated St. X last week. Elder senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey (Indiana commit) had 190 yards passing and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown. “The obvious thing is to slow Peyton down,” Moeller coach John Rodenberg said. “He is the best in our league. If we can slow him down and move the ball we feel like we have a good chance.” Junior defensive back Zach Lyons had seven tackles for the Panthers last week. Moeller lost to La Salle in overtime last week and the Crusaders have dealt with numerous injuries this season. Still, Rodenberg is proud of the character his players have shown. Senior quarterback Thomas MacVittie (Pittsburgh commit) was 12 of 17 passing for 108 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Hunter Hughes had 118 yards rushing. Senior defensive lineman Joe Hensley had seven tackles.

Lakota West (4-2, 3-0 GMC) at Colerain (5-1, 3-0)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Colerain

WHAT TO WATCH: Lakota West defeated Middletown 42-0 last week. Senior running back Danny Otakasongo rushed 25 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns for the Firebirds. Senior defensive back Ryan Berleman had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for Lakota West. Colerain defeated Fairfield 35-0 last week. The Cardinals continue to shine with senior quarterback Deshaunte Jones and fullback Monalo Caldwell, but the Colerain defense is very fast and continues to play well.

Fairfield (4-2, 1-2 GMC) at Lakota East (3-3, 1-2)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Lakota East

WHAT TO WATCH: The Indians want to get back on track after a loss to Colerain last week. Fairfield is expected to still be without senior quarterback Hunter Krause (torn MCL). Lakota East lost to Mason 28-7 last week. Junior running back Tyler VanFossen rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown for the Thunderhawks last week.

Shroder (4-2, 3-0 SOPL-American) at Taft (3-2, 2-0)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Stargel Stadium

WHAT TO WATCH: Shroder defeated Hughes 37-0 last week. Taylor Holston, Tre’Son Martin and Anthony Harkness were among Shroder players with touchdowns. Harkness also had a fumble recovery. “The Hughes win was big for us,” Shroder coach Gerald Warmack said. “With all that we lost during graduation from last year it has taken a while to come together as a team and what you see know is that coming to fruition. The last couple of weeks we have been playing team football on both sides of the ball.” Taft defeated Thurgood Marshall 45-0 last week. The Senators have won three consecutive games.

Western Brown (4-2, 0-0 SBAAC) at New Richmond (4-2, 1-0)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at New Richmond

WHAT TO WATCH: Western Brown lost to Harrison 63-14 last week. But, expect this game to be close like it’s been the past two years. “I expect New Richmond to be fired up to play us,” New Richmond coach Don Sizer said. “I expect them to be physical and to execute very well in all aspects of the game.” New Richmond defeated Amelia 36-6 last week. “I have been really pleased with the improvement of our offensive line play over the last six weeks,” New Richmond coach Josh Stratton said. Austin Torrens continues to play well for New Richmond. He leads the team in rushing, passing and scoring. Defensively, junior linebacker Jacob Cyrus and senior defensive lineman Brian Waddle continue to play well.

Associated Press state football polls entering Week 7 in Ohio


More USA TODAY High School Sports