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PREP PREVIEW Friday night football



Published: Wed, September 25, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



WARREN HARDING (5-0) vs.URSULINE (3-2)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. at Youngstown State University's Stambaugh Stadium.

Last meeting: Harding won last year's game at Mollenkopf Stadium, 56-16.

Notebook: Harding is coming off a 71-0 blowout of Toledo Whitmer for its third shutout. The Raiders have outscored the opposition by 229-29. Ursuline rolled past Burlington Assumption Catholic, 31-0, last week. Ursuline coach Dan Murphy said the Irish got strong play overall from a host of players, especially on defense. Junior QB Daryll Clark and junior RB Delbert Ferguson lead the Irish offense through five games. Clark has completed 42 of 66 passes for 927 yards and nine TDs with two interceptions, while Ferguson has rushed for 605 yards in 64 carries and seven TDs.

Radio: WKBN-AM 570.

CHANEY (3-2) VS. POLAND (5-0)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. at Poland High stadium.

Last meeting: Chaney won 8-3 last year.

Notebook: Poland enters on a streak of three consecutive shutouts, including last week's 31-0 Metro Athletic Conference victory over Niles. The state-ranked Bulldogs, fourth in Division III, Region 9 of the computer ratings, also blanked Wilson (59-0) and Canton Central Catholic (27-0) and have outscored all opponents 201-12. Last week, the Poland defense held Niles to 135 total yards. Poland QB Sean Clayton has completed 65-of-87 passes (75 percent) for 824 yards and 13 TDs. TB Brandon Hardin has 566 yards and four TDs. WR Dave Koval has 29 catches for 332 yards and seven TDs. Chaney has won its last two games by a combined score of 95-7. The Cowboys shut out Wilson last week, 53-0. Poland's defense will be tested by Chaney RB Ed McElroy, who rushed for 142 yards and four TDs against Wilson and now has 12 TDs for the season. QB Justin Hood is also a threat to run. TE/DE Keilen Dykes is a Division I college prospect. The head coaches are Ron Berdis (Chaney) and Paul Hulea (Poland).

UNITED (4-1, 1-1) vs. EAST PALESTINE (4-1, 1-1)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. at United.

Last meeting: East Palestine won 23-0 last year.

Notebook: Corey Manfull of United High School caught eight passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns, which included a 35-yard TD strike from Mitch Phillis that cut the deficit to 20-19 in the fourth quarter against Leetonia. John Phillips ran over a two-point conversion for the deciding points in the victory (21-20) over the Bears. Phillis was 17-for-30 for 319 yards and three TDs. East Palestine High School (4-1) and Lisbon are 2-0 in the Tri-County League standings. The Blue Devils lost their opener, but since then have won four straight including a 48-6 victory over Sebring last week. Lisbon rushed for 324 yards as J.D. Bowers carried the football 23 times for 194 yards and 3 TDs.

Vindicator staff report




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