Friday, September 16, 2011
Several intriguing contests in store for Ohio football
By David Auguste
The start of the Week 3 slate of games is just hours away. Here’s some of the best action this weekend will offer.
Game of the Week: Canton McKinley (1-1) Austintown-Fitch (3-0)
The Falcons haven’t scored less than 21 points in any of their games this year, and a usually stout McKinley defense has been uncharacteristically leaky this year. That doesn’t bode well for Ron Johnson’s troops. Neither does facing the 1-2 combo of Pittsburgh commits Demetrius and Chris Davis. The twins combined with RB William Mahone have helped the Falcons sport one of the state’s top rushing attacks — an aspect of the game that McKinley has struggled to defend this fall. McKinley could offset Fitch’s playmakers with a heavy dose of RB Sa’Veon Holloway, who is coming off of back-to-back 100-yard performances.
David’s pick: Too much of the Davis’ boys means the Bulldogs will have a long ride back to Canton. Take Austintown-Fitch, 28-14.
Massillon Jackson (4-0) at GlenOak (3-0)
If Massillon wants to remain among the unbeaten, its defense will have to find a way to stop Ohio State-bound RB Bri’Onte Dunn. The senior is averaging better than 200 yards a game this season and has a knack for finding the end zone. Massillon played GlenOak tough last year before falling, 28-9.
ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren will be in the house tonight. Follow him on twitter (@TomVH) for game updates.
H.D. Woodson (1-1) at Massillon Washington (2-1)
The Tigers look to continue their dominance in this head-to-head series with this Greater D.C. foe. These teams have met three times with Massillon winning each of the previous encounters. Woodson’s defense features several playmakers led by seniors Kenneth Crawley and De’Jon Wilson, and the offense can put up points via its ground game headlined by Ivell Washington. The Tigers should still test Woodson through the air using the trio of Montel Harrison, Ernie Baez and Justin Blake on the receiving end of passes from Kyle Kempt.
Wayne (1-2) at Trotwood Madison (3-0)
The Rams can lay claim to clinching a share of the last two GWOC titles, but they have failed to defeat Wayne in either of those championship seasons. Of course, Wayne had current OSU QB Braxton Miller at the helm of those teams. Wayne has stumbled out the gate in Year No. 1 after Miller, suffering losses to Middletown and McKinley. It hopes to change all that tonight behind star receiver Armani Miller. The Rams counter with junior Cam Burrows and senior Bam Bradley, a pair of standout defensive players.
ESPN’s Jared Shanker will be in the house. Follow him on Twitter (@JShankerESPN) for game updates.
St. Xavier (3-0) at Trinity (3-0)
The Bombers put their undefeated record on the line against Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), which steamrolled Elder last week.
Elder (2-1) at St. Edward (3-0)
The Panthers face their second straight POWERADE FAB 50 team in the state’s No. 1 squad.