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Waterford hosts Caldwell in pigskin showdown

Photo by Patricia Miller Waterford’s Luke Teters (4) runs with the ball during a high school football playoff game against Miller earlier this season.

WATERFORD — On paper Friday night’s battle between visiting Caldwell and the homestanding Waterford Wildcats has all the makings of a very good football game.

Both teams have played tough schedules and were very competitive in their respective playoff games before being eliminated last week.

The Wildcats suffered a heart breaking 7-6 loss last week on the road at River in a game that was ultimately decided by a missed two-point conversion attempt.

Waterford got a fourth quarter touchdown pass from Grant McCutcheon to Jude Huffman but their two-point conversion attempt to take the lead was foiled as was a last minute drive that ended in River territory.

Despite putting just six points on the scoreboard, the Wildcats were able to move the ball against the Pilots as they rushed for over 200 yards as a team including 160 on 26 carries by junior Holden Dailey.

After a first week playoff-bye the Redskins went up against a team that they had beaten in the opening week of the season in Eastern but unfortunately were unable to repeat as the visiting Eagles scored a 26-14 win in the rematch.

Caldwell got an outstanding game from quarterback Braxton Dudley against Eastern as the sophomore rushed the ball 18 times for 83 yards while completing 10-of-22 passes for 144 yards.

Seniors Brandon Piskula (5-74) and Whyatt Parks (4-76) led the ‘Skins in receiving.

Waterford also played Eastern and suffered a 10-8 loss back in week number four.

The two teams did not play in 2019.

CAMBRIDGE (4-4) AT MARIETTA (2-6)

The Tigers will look to put an end to a three-game losing streak Friday night when they host a familiar opponent to Don Drumm Stadium in the (4-4) Cambridge Bobcats.

After being eliminated from the playoffs by Wilmington (56-14) two weeks ago, the Tigers came up on the short end of a 34-28 decision to the Portsmouth Trojans on Saturday afternoon.

Marietta scored a touchdown in every single quarter of the game against Portsmouth but it would not be enough as they fell to 2-6 on the season.

Tiger quarterback Reece Gerber had perhaps his best game of the season as he rushed the ball 20 times for 143 yards while completing 12-of-25 pass attempts for 150 yards and a touchdown.

MHS all-purpose back Tony Munos rushed the ball 8 times for 60 yards and a touchdown while hauling in 5 pass receptions for 48 yards including a 5-yard touchdown pass from Gerber in the final quarter that trimmed the Trojan lead to six.

Junior running back Zach Bartlett added 44 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

The Bobcats were eliminated last week by Heath (34-7) after securing a playoff win the week before with a decisive 55-14 win over Linden McKinley.

Cambridge suffered a tough blow last week when senior quarterback Caden Moore was forced to leave the game with an injury.

Kaden Whaley filled in for Moore and scored the only touchdown of the game to the Bobcats on a 3-yard run set up by a 40-yard pass to Justin Bartlett.

Last year in Cambridge the Bobcats rolled to a 42-20 win over the orange-and-black.

SHENANDOAH (4-3) AT BUCKEYE

TRAIL (2-4)

LORE CITY — A pair of former conference rivals coming off of tough playoff losses a week ago pair off Friday night when the Buckeye Trail Warriors host the Shenandoah Zeps.

The Warriors took Africentric Early College to overtime before falling 28-22 while Shenandoah led with 17 seconds to play before losing in heart-breaking fashion to Coal Grove 41-38.

Buckeye Trail owns victories over Tuscarawas Central Catholic and Strausburg-Franklin in an abbreviated schedule.

The Zeps trailed 15-0 last week to Coal Grove before rallying and eventually taking a five-point lead with six minutes to play on a Preston Mackie 4-yard touchdown run but were unable to keep the Hornets out of the end zone in the closing seconds.

Briar Portman ld the Zeps in rushing last week with 84 yards on 11 touches while quarterback Dayton Hill rushed the ball 8 times for 49 yards while completing 8-of-14 pass attempts for 81 yards.

The Zeps defense will need to tighten up after allowing over 400 yards rushing to Coal Grove.

The two teams did not play one another last season.

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