Week 7: Friday night football’s fantastic five

Week 7: Friday night football’s fantastic five

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Week 7: Friday night football’s fantastic five

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Madison receiver Billy Buckley rises up for a touchdown catch against Lexington last week. The Rams will travel to Clear For Friday night for another Ohio Cardinal Conference football game.

Madison receiver Billy Buckley rises up for a touchdown catch against Lexington last week. The Rams will travel to Clear For Friday night for another Ohio Cardinal Conference football game.

West Holmes at Mansfield Senior

Records:

West Holmes 1-5, 0-3 OCC; Mansfield Senior 4-2, 2-1 OCC.

Last week:

Orrville over West Holmes 27-20; Ashland over Mansfield Senior 25-21.

Knights:

West Holmes has lost five in a row, but four of those teams are .500 or better … Don’t look for the Knights to throw it a lot as last week at home against Orrville they threw for just eight yards … West Holmes ran for 328 yards on the Red Riders, but were hurt by five turnovers on a soggy night.

Tygers:

The second-half of Mansfield Senior’s schedule toughens up as they saw last week in a tough loss at 5-1 Ashland … After Friday’s game against last-place West Holmes, the Tygers finish out with Wooster, Lex and Madison, and those teams are a collective 13-5 to date … The Wooster and Lex games will be on the road.

Madison at Clear Fork

Records:

Madison 3-3, 2-1 OCC; Clear Fork 2-4, 0-3 OCC

Last week:

Wooster over Clear Fork 42-7; Madison over Lexington 59-10.

Rams:

Madison has not won or lost consecutive games this season … Madison’s improved passing game sees Tresten Vail completing 52 of 89 passes for 822 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions … His best target of late has been Billy Buckley who has 16 catches for 321 yards and four touchdowns.

Colts:

Clear Fork is riding a three-game losing streak, but three of their final four games will be played in the Colt Corral … The final two games on the schedule will be against Orrville and West Holmes, both of which are in the bottom half of the Ohio Cardinal Conference standings … After scoring 79 points in its first three games, Clear Fork has scored just 14 points in the last three.

Wooster at Lexington

Records:

Wooster 5-1, 3-0 OCC; Lexington 5-1, 2-1 OCC

Last Week:

Wooster over Clear Fork 42-7; Madison over Lexington 59-10

Generals:

Wooster has allowed just one touchdown a game in Ohio Cardinal Conference play … The Generals are averaging 25.2 points per game … Ashland, Mansfield Senior and Madison fans will be hoping Lexington can knock off the lone 3-0 team in the league … Wooster finishes out the season with games against the Tygers, West Holmes and Orrville.

Minutemen:

Lexington is in the midst of its demanding second-half of the season … After hosting the league leaders, the final three games for the Minutemen are at West Holmes and home against Mansfield Senior and Ashland … Lexington hadn’t given up 59 combined points in its last four games before Madison dropped 59 on it last week.

Shelby at Tiffin Columbian

Records:

Shelby 3-3, 2-1 NOL; Tiffin Columbian 3-3, 2-1 NOL.

Last week:

Shelby over Willard 46-7; Tiffin Columbian over Norwalk 27-12.

Whippets:

Brennan Armstrong leads the Northern Ohio League in passing at 54 of 115 for 1,000 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions … He is second in the league in rushing with 644 yards on 102 carries and 13 more touchdowns … The Whippets have struggled after halftime, scoring just six points in three NOL games in the third quarter, while giving up 33.

Tornadoes:

Tiffin Columbian quarterback Todd Simonds is 74 of 134 for 867 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions … Ross Pauly leads the Tornadoes in rushing with 454 yards on 73 carries … Clay Dryfuse has three sacks and Aaron Sostaric has 54 tackles … Ro Durham and Cody Kimmet have combined for 50 receptions for 663 yards.

River Valley at Galion

Records:

River Valley 5-1, 3-0 in MOAC Red; Galion 4-2, 1-2 in MOAC Red.

Last week:

River Valley over Fairbanks 46-8; Galion over Marion Harding 24-21.

Vikings:

River Valley beat Galion 21-17 last year … Devin Hessler and David Blanton have six interceptions between them this season … Bailey Cole is a big-play receiver with 26 catches and five touchdowns, including TD receptions of 26 and 52 yards from QB Jax Harville last week … Ethan Leibengood scored on a 70-yard run against Fairbanks.

Tigers:

Drake Barnett leads the Mid Ohio Athletic Conference in rushing with 1.032 yards on 113 carries, while Jacob Fryer is next with 291 yards rushing on 34 tries … Harrison Ivy is the top receiver with 11 catches for 101 yards … Connor Moreton is a threat at kicker with four field goals on six attempts with a long of 36 yards.

Rob McCurdy is a sports writer at the News Journal and can be reached at rmccurdy@gannett.com or 419-521-7241. On Twitter follow @McMotorsport.

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