PREP PREVIEW \ This week’s other games
vs. MINERAL RIDGE (3-0)
Game time: 7 p.m. Friday at Mineral Ridge High stadium
Last meeting: Springfield won 19-14 last year.
Notebook: Anyone thinking the Rams are heavy favorites need only look at last year’s meeting when the Tigers knocked Ridge out of the playoffs in Week 10. Tigers. The Tigers are led by QB Nate Schuler, who has thrown for 441 yards. His main target is WR Brandon Goist with 12 catches for 206 yards, while Eric Lipp has 13 catches for 147 yards. Springfield coach Sean Guerriero is still looking for his first victory since taking over in the offseason. Mineral Ridge RB A.J. Zitello has 561 yards rushing, while Zack Kiger has thrown for 129 yards. WR Derek Gustovich has 84 yards receiving. The Rams are coming off an impressive win over McDonald.
GIRARD (1-2) vs. BROOKFIELD (3-0)
Game time: 7 p.m. Friday at Brookfield High stadium
Last meeting: Girard won 27-14 last year.
Notebook: Trumbull Athletic Conference play begins this week and many of the league’s preseason favorites have struggled to so-so starts. Girard, which has tough losses to Niles and Warren JFK, will rely on RB Kyle Stadelmyer (369 yards rushing), while QB Adam Charles leads the Indians’ potent spread passing attack. Brookfield’s first three opponents are a combined 2-7. The Warriors started last season 3-0 before losing to the Indians. They are led by QB Devin O’Brien, RB Mack O’Brien and WR AK Livingston.
LAKEVIEW (1-2) vs. CHAMPION (3-0)
Game time: 7 p.m. Friday at Champion High stadium
Last meeting: Lakeview won 7-0 last year.
Notebook: Like Girard, Lakeview’s record is misleading due to losses to Metro Athletic Conference powers Howland (21-7) and Niles (17-0) over the past two weeks. RB Ben Moody leads the Bulldogs with 257 yards rushing. Kristopher Wildman has 360 yards on the ground for Champion, which is 3-0 for the first time since 1996. Are the Flashes for real? This week will go a long way toward answering that question.
LABRAE (2-1) vs. HUBBARD (1-2)
Game time: 7 p.m. Friday at Hubbard Stadium
Last meeting: Hubbard won 28-7 last year.
Notebook: LaBrae has rebounded well from a blowout loss to Crestview to open the season, beating East Palestine and Garfield in back-to-back weeks. But this week provides the real test. Brian Watkins has 158 yards passing for the Vikings, who upset Hubbard 14-13 in overtime two years ago. Like Lakeview, the Eagles have had to overcome a tough non-league schedule, losing to MAC powers Poland (24-13) and Howland (35-14) in recent weeks. QB Marc Kanetsky leads a potent offense. His main target is WR Mike Carnahan, who has 12 catches for 164 yards.
Vindicator staff reports