PREP PREVIEWS \ This weekend's games
CHANEY (0-1) vs. BOARDMAN (0-2)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Boardman Spartan stadium
Last meeting: Chaney won 47-14 last year.
Notebook: After an opening loss to Fitch, the Cowboys have had two weeks to prepare thanks to an open date last week. "It gave us a chance to heal from a rough opener," said Chaney coach Ron Berdis. "But when you miss a week, you really don't know whether you'll come out stale or how it'll affect your timing." Chaney fell behind 15-0 against the Falcons but held Fitch without a first down in the second half and nearly rallied to win. Junior quarterback Antwan Rice threw for 112 yards in the game while Kory Jackson had five catches for 45 yards and Terrell Tomlin added a 1-yard TD run for the Cowboys, who have won two straight against the Spartans. Boardman, which has lost to Ursuline and Cleveland St. Ignatius, will lean on senior running back Tyme Hammond, who ran for more than 100 yards against the Wildcats last week. Quarterback Joe Bako has thrown for more than 50 yards in both losses. "I think Boardman has a really improved team," Berdis said. "Their kids are very big and they play extra hard. What they're doing, they're doing well."
URSULINE (1-1) vs. POLAND (0-2)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Poland High stadium
Last meeting: Ursuline won 23-13 last year.
Notebook: The Irish held their own against a much-deeper Mentor team last week before falling 26-19. Running back Ryan Curry had 16 carries for 154 yards and three touchdowns in the loss, giving him more than 300 yards on the ground in the two games. Quarterback Bryant Youngblood, who threw for 48 yards against the Cardinals, is a threat to run or throw. The Bulldogs' offense is centered around sophomore tailback Brandon Beachum, who ran for 130 yards in a loss to Hubbard last week. He also scored Poland's lone touchdown in an opening loss to Louisville.
STRONGSVILLE (0-2)vs. WARREN HARDING (1-1)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mollenkopf Stadium
Last meeting: Harding won 28-21 in 2002.
Notebook: Harding running back Dan Herron has run for more than 100 yards in both games but the Raiders' offense struggled in an 18-10 loss to Akron Buchtel last week. It's the first time Harding has failed to start 2-0 since 2000 -- Thom McDaniels' first year. Alena Westover kicked her first career field goal against the Griffins. Running back Sidney Glover had two rushing TDs for Harding in an opening win against Cleveland JFK. Strongsville has lost to Solon (35-18) and Euclid (21-15). Keep an eye on tailback Brandon Leek, junior quarterback Nick Mandilakis and senior tight end Nick Bendzuck.
LAKEVIEW (2-0) vs. NILES (1-1)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bo Rein Stadium
Last meeting: Lakeview won 16-9 in 2002.
Notebook: Matt Kohuth ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Conneaut 14-0 last week -- their second straight shutout. Quarterback Kevin Albert threw for 95 yards while Brent Socie and Brett Davenport combined for more than 100 yards on the ground. Running backs John Hites, Nate Ganyard and Tyler Taylor key the ground game for Niles, which will look to rebound from a 37-21 loss to Alliance. Quarterback Joe Razzano threw four interceptions against the Aviators.
HICKORY (0-1) vs. SHARON (1-0)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sharon High stadium
Last meeting: Hickory won 28-13 last year.
Notebook: Sharon quarterback Mike Snyderwine threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening 34-16 over Girard (Pa.) last week. A.J. Wilson added 150 yards rushing and two TDs. The Tigers offense could keep rolling against Hickory, which gave up 41 points in a loss to Fort LeBoeuf last week.
STRUTHERS (0-2) vs. HUBBARD (1-1)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hubbard Stadium.
Last meeting: Hubbard won 43-7 last year.
Notebook: Hubbard is coming off of its first victory of the season, a 23-13 win over Poland in a rematch of a Division III regional semifinal in 2001. Struthers is led by senior QB Mike Duponty (6-3, 195) who has completed 11 of 26 passes for 92 yards and one TD. His lone TD toss was to Justin Penson in the Liberty game. Penson, a 6-1, 205 senior TB, has gained 145 yards on 23 carries for a 6.3 average. He also has two rushing TDs. Duponty's prime target has been WR Matt Kukura, a 5-8, 165 junior who has six catches for 51 yards. Hubbard was without running back Tony Giancola but got contributions from Steve Cinicola, Cody Pitts, Edward Palestro and Joel Younkins. Eric Merrell, filling in for Giancola at FS, was the leading tackler along with junior DT Dan Havalo.
CAMPBELL (1-1) vs. LIBERTY (2-0)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Liberty High stadium.
Notebook: Liberty has only given up 12 points in first two games: victories over Struthers (37-6) and Cleveland East (48-6). Defensively; DT Chris Harrison and DE John Humphrey are anchors while LBs Tod Rogers, Dania Gillam and Chris Harden rotate. The Leopards have also gotten good play from CBs Ryan Gillum and Robert Hightower. Liberty runs a wing-T offense with a three-back attack utilizing FBs Dania Gillam, Chris Harden and Jonathan Wells and Harden and Hightower as HBs. Donovan Fletcher started the first week and David Ferrell started the second week. Seeing time in both games was Jonathan Krause. Campbell is led by Dominique Lucky, a sophomore who ran for 219 yards against Girard.
Vindicator staff report