Southern at Columbiana

7 p.m. Friday

While it’s much too early to tell if this will determine who walks away with the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference title, this will likely establish a frontrunner the rest of the way. Southern (3-0) defeated Columbiana last season in decisive fashion (42-14) and has most of its team back for this round. Meanwhile, Columbiana (1-2) has been tested against much tougher competition so far.

East Palestine at Lisbon

7 p.m. Friday

It’s been particularly harsh for these two Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference teams this season. Lisbon (0-3) nearly hauled in its first win of the season on Saturday only to be denied by Valley Chrsitian. East Palestine (0-3) hasn’t been close yet. The Bulldogs have been outscored 158-7.

Wellsville at Leetonia

7 p.m. Friday

Leetonia (3-0) is trying to go to 4-0 for the first time since 2008 and Wellsville (2-1) is trying to gain momentum into a stretch that includes games against winless Lisbon and East Palestine after this one. This could also go a long way in getting one of these teams into the Div. VII, Reg. 25 playoffs.

United at Crestwood

7 p.m. Friday

Due to the unbalanced league schedule due to Toronto’s departure from the EOAC, United (1-2) will play its fourth and final non-league game on Friday while the others open league play. Crestwood (3-0) has all sizable wins but the combined record of those Div. V and VI opponents is 1-8.

East Liverpool at Beaver Local

7 p.m. Friday

Not a lot of people saw Beaver Local (2-1) coming into this game with the better record. The Potters (1-2) are fresh off two disappointments against key Div. IV, Region 13 opponents and now must grind to have a chance at making the playoffs. Beaver Local still has everything in front of it including being a factor in the Buckeye 8 North race.

Crestview at Newton Falls

7 p.m. Friday

The Rebels (0-3) are off to their worst start since 2003 and are playing the last game of three-game road swing. This marks Crestview’s first league game since 2016 as All-American Conference play begins. Newton Falls (1-2) has won 18 games since 2010.

South Range at Poland

7 p.m. Friday

It’s a new frontier for the South Range (2-1) football team as it heads into league play for the first time since the end of the Inter-Tri County League in 2016. The Northeast 8 will be a test for the Raiders and Poland (1-2) has advanced to the playoffs seven times this decade.

Salem at Carrollton

7 p.m. Friday

Salem is the only Eastern Buckeye Conference team to go 3-0. The conference went 6-15 through its first three with Carrollton, West Branch and Minerva putting up a goose egg in the win column. Warrior coach Jim Tsilimos has a seven-game losing streak dating back to the end of his reign at Lisbon in 2017.

West Branch at Alliance

7 p.m. Friday

West Branch (0-3) has not beaten Alliance since 2015, The Aviators (1-2) come in having lost two straight but those came against high-flying Chardon and Niles. The Warriors lost by 20 to Struthers last week and are riding a six-game losing streak dating back to last season.

Minerva at Canton South

7 p.m. Friday

Minerva (0-3) extended its longest current losing streak in the state to 43 games last week in what looked like a real opportunity for the Lions to erase the burden of that skid against Beaver Local. Canton South (1-2) is one of six Eastern Buckeye Conference teams with a losing record so far.

Western Reserve at Jackson-Milton

7 p.m. Friday

Jackson-Milton (3-0) has won seven of its last nine, but the Bluejays are not as battle-tested as the Blue Devils (2-1). The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference did particularly well for itself in the non-league portion of its schedule going 17-4.

Perry Academy (Pa.)

at Oak Glen

7 p.m., Friday

Perry Academy from Pittsburgh is a hard one to read. The Commodores (2-2) have four games under their belt, including a 63-6 loss to a good Youngstown East team. Oak Glen (3-0) has increased its point total in every game so far.

Sebring vs. Waterloo

at Marlington

7 p.m. Saturday

Sebring (2-1) is going for its first three-game winning streak since 2014 and the opportunity will be there as Waterloo (0-3) has struggled to open the season. The game is being played at Marlington because Waterloo’s home stadium is condemned. The Vikings paid $2,500 to rent Marlington’s field for four “home” games this season.


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