PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW This weekend's games
DIVISION IICANFIELD vs. COLUMBUS BROOKHAVEN
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Brookhaven High stadiumRadio: WNIO-AM (1390)If you go: Take I-76 west to I-71 south and exit at Sinclair Road. Take a left on Sinclair, then turn left on Morse and a right on Karl. School and stadium are on the right.
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Cardinals notebook: Senior QB Jamie McNally is a threat to run or pass, gaining 281 yards on the ground with 4 TDs. He also completed 62-of-138 passes for 1,082 yards, 12 TDs and 6 interceptions. Jordan Ferns is his main target, catching 34 for 812 yards and 10 TDs. Running backs Sean Baker and Chuck DeCola lead a Cardinal ground game that doesn't feature one primary back. The Cardinals rebounded from a three-game losing streak to earn their third playoff berth in five years and fourth overall.
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Bearcats notebook: Brookhaven, which was ranked second in the final AP poll, is making its ninth playoff appearance and has an all-time record of 10-8 in the postseason, including a loss in last year's state semifinals. Cornerback Dominic Jones, who also plays wideout, has already committed to Pittsburgh. Running back/linebacker Alex Daniels is one of the top prospects in the state and has been recruited by Ohio State and Oklahoma, among others. Watch out for quarterback Mike McGee, who is a threat to run or pass.
DIVISION VWARREN JFKvs. GILMOUR ACADEMY
Game time: 1 p.m. Saturday at Weber Stadium, Gates MillsIf you go: Take Rt. 422 west to I-271 north and exit at Brainard/Cedar Road. Turn right on Brainard, then left on Cedar. The stadium is on Cedar Road.
WARREN JFK (8-2)
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Eagles notebook: Kennedy squeaked past Howland last week to earn its second straight playoff berth and 14th overall. The Eagles are 20-12 all-time, including a state title in 1991. JFK's offense starts with tailback Anthony Elzy, who has rushed for an area-best 2,338 yards this season with 30 touchdowns. Elzy was a member of the Eagles' state championship 4x200-meter relay team. Running back Jack Henderson adds balance to the Eagles' offense, which is averaging close to 38 points per game. Don't expect a defensive battle in this one.
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Lancers notebook: The Lancers are making their third straight playoff appearance and have gone 10-0 in the regular season the past two years. Gilmour, which was upset by Lisbon in the first round of last year's playoffs, is 0-3 all-time in the postseason. Quarterback Ryan Catanese leads the Lancers' spread offense, which is averaging more than 36 points per game. Fullback Eric Tupta is a bruising back who could give the Eagles' defense fits. Weber Stadium, which does not have lights, has a new synthetic turf, similar to the turf at YSU's Stambaugh Stadium.
DIVISION VILEETONIA vs. MALVERN
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hornets Stadium, MalvernIf you go: Take Rt. 164 to Rt. 30 to Rt. 183. Follow 183 for about 5 miles, then turn right on Cherry Avenue and left on West Main Street. School is on West Main.
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Bears notebook: This is the ninth time Artie Altomare has won at least eight games in 26 years, leading the Bears to three playoff appearances, including the past two years. He is still looking for his first playoff win. Senior Aaron Merrill holds 15 school records, including touchdowns in a season (23) and a career (44), career tackles (406) and career rushing yards (2,919). He has run for 1,245 yards so far this season and has 102 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss and 9 sacks. Senior Cody Tittle has completed 26-of-55 passes for 408 yards, 2 TDs and 4 interceptions. Merrill has 10 receptions for 208 yards.
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Hornets notebook: Malvern, which has won five straight and shared the Inter-Valley Conference title, is making its third playoff appearance -- the last was in 1999 -- and is also looking for its first postseason victory. Malvern rotates several players at running back, including seniors John Early, Cory Ullom and Corey Kettering. QB Duston Walker threw 4 touchdown passes against Sandy Valley last week, giving him 11 for the season. He's also the Hornets' leading tackler on defense.
Vindicator staff report