Area Ohio football teams wrap up regular season
COSHOCTON — After closing out their home season with a 35-21 win over Cambridge last Friday night, the Marietta Tigers will look to close out the unique 2020 campaign with a road win when they travel to Coshocton to take on the (5-3) Redskins Friday night.
The mild upset win over the Bobcats snapped a three-game losing streak for the orange and black as they got three opening quarter touchdown passes from senior quarterback Reece Gerber to senior receiver Tony Munos and never trailed to improve their season mark to 3-6.
Gerber and Munos connected on scoring strikes of 78, 67, and 14 yards in the opening 12 minutes of the game.
Munos also had a big game on defense as he intercepted three passes.
Gerber completed 12 passes on the night for 334 yards while junior running back Zach Bartlett rushed the ball 12 times for a team-high 64 yards.
Although the Redskins come into the game with a 5-3 record, they have played just two teams with winning records on the season and were eliminated from the playoffs last week with a 45-21 loss to Columbus Academy.
Coshocton won their first playoff game the week before over Zane Trace (39-8).
Key players to watch for the ‘Skins include running backs Korbyn Haley and Braydon Jones as well as quarterback Kobe Rust.
The two teams did not play one another in 2019.
FRONTIER (5-3) AT ST. MARYS (7-1)
ST. MARYS, W.Va. — If nothing else the challenging 2020 football season has provided some intriguing matchups as teams look to fill holes in their scheduled created by the pandemic.
One of the more interesting showdowns is scheduled to take place Friday night as the Frontier Cougars travel across the river to take on former rival St. Marys for the first time in more than a decade.
The last time the two met was way back in 2009 with the Cougars scoring a 32-0 victory.
The 2020 season has been a good one for both teams as St. Marys comes in riding a three-game winning streak while the Cougars scored the first playoff win in school history three weeks ago with a 54-13 win over Fairfield Christian Academy.
The Cougars postseason came to a close the following week when they were beaten by Shadyside.
Frontier is led by junior quarterback J.D. Schmidt as well as senior fullback Noah Barnhart and junior tailback Slade Amos.
Senior Breckin Hoff and junior Tanner Bills are among Schmidt’s favorite targets.
The Blue Devils rolled to a 54-6 win last week over South Harrison led by four touchdowns by Brennan Boron.
Boron opened the scoring by returning an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and then rushed for scores of 28,12 and 5 yards respectively.
Tre Moss led the Devils in rushing with 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10 touches while Boron finished the game with 61 yards on six carries.
The two teams have played one common opponent this season in Magnolia with differing results.
Magnolia handed Frontier their first loss of the season (40-8) back in week number five while St. Marys rolled to a 41-7 win over the Blue Eagles two weeks ago.
WATERFORD (4-5) AT MORGAN (2-7)
McCONNELSVILLE — Though they may not be far away on the map, a battle on the football field between Waterford and Morgan is quite rare.
Friday night the Raiders will look to finish the season with two wins in a row as they host the Wildcats.
Morgan picked up their second win of the season last week with a convincing 32-0 blanking of Lakewood.
The Raiders were led by junior quarterback Levi Brown who completed a cool 15-of-20 pass attempts for 259 yards a four touchdowns.
Senior Landen Pettet rushed the ball 22 times for 111 yards and a touchdown while hauling in four pass receptions for 79 yards and another score.
Senior receiver Karsen Mayle led MHS in receiving with 150 yards on six catches including three for touchdowns.
After suffering a heart breaking 7-6 loss two weeks ago to River in a second-round playoff game, a banged up Wildcat squad dropped their second game in a row last week to Caldwell (22-19) at home.
Waterford got an 87-yard kick off return from sophomore Jake Pantelidis as well as a 15-yard touchdown pass from Grant McCutcheon to Jude Huffman to take a late three-point lead only to have the Redskins score the game winner in the final five minutes of the game.
The Wildcats, who played the game without their leading rusher in Holden Dailey, were led by Joe Pantelidis with 41 yards on 13 carries.
Not only have the two teams not played one another for a very long time, they did not play a single common opponent in 2020.
CALDWELL (5-3) AT BUCKEYE TRAIL (3-4)
LORE CITY — The Caldwell Redskins have quietly put together a pretty successful 2020 football campaign.
Last weeks win over Waterford, coupled with an early season win over Eastern are likely the two signature wins of the season for the Redskins who will look to improve to 6-3 Friday when they visit the Buckeye Trail Warriors.
A 4-yard run by Marshall Sayre with five minutes to play in the game proved to be the game winner over Waterford as the Redskins rallied for the win after coughing up a 10-point lead.
Sophomore quarterback Braxton Dudley completed 4-of-7 pass attempts for 119 yards with two of them going for touchdowns to Brandon Piskula (82 yards) and Skylar Van Fossen (7 yards).
Dudley also led the Redskins in rushing with 64 yards on 23 totes while Sayre added 34 yards on 13 carries.
Trail was eliminated from postseason competition two weeks ago with a heart-breaking 28-22 loss to Columbus Africentric in overtime.
The Warriors rebounded nicely last week with a 36-22 win over Shenandoah, the same team that downed Caldwell 14-6 in the second week of the season.
Buckeye Trail played the Shenandoah game without leading rusher Franko Rome but got a huge performance from quarterback Connor Puskarich who rushed for 279 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries.
The two teams played one another in the season opener in 2019 with Buckeye Trail squeaking out a 12-7 victory.
WILLIAMSTOWN (5-1) AT WHEELING CENTRAL (4-3)
WHEELING W.Va. — After an unplanned week off, the Williamstown Yellowjackets will look to pick up where they left off when the travel to Wheeling to battle the always tough Wheeling Central Catholic Maroon Knights.
Williamstown last played at home two weeks ago and had no trouble at all with Tyler Consolidated as they rolled to a 41-6 win.
The only blemish on the ‘Jackets record is a tough loss to Fort Frye back in the third week of the season but they have rebounded to win their past three games.
WHS quarterback Brayden Modesitt had the hot hand against Tyler Consolidated as he completed 10-of-13 passes for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Caleb Stansberry and Rickie Allen each caught a touchdown pass from Modesitt while Trevor Oates rushed for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 20 carries.
The Maroon Knights record may be a bit deceiving as their three losses have come at the hands of Poca, Parkersburg and Fort Frye, three teams with a combined record of 17-3.
Last week WCC downed Union Local 35-25 to pull over the .500 mark.
Jordan Waterhouse and Payton Marling turned out to be a two-man wrecking crew last week for the Knights against the Jets.
Marling rushed for over 200 yards on 15 carries while Waterhouse carried the ball 17 times for 167.
Last year the two powerhouses met in the season opener with the Maroon Knights rolling to a 35-13 win.