It’s Week 3 of high school football in Ohio and the non-league matchups are starting to wrap up across northwest Ohio.
For some local teams, they’re already finding themselves in close-to-must-win situations if they’re hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Bryan (1-1) at Fairview (1-1)
After disappointing Week 1 losses from each of these teams, both Fairview and Bryan were able to respond with dominating victories on the road in Week 2. Bryan mopped up on Toledo Woodward 46-6, while Fairview ran away from Paulding 32-0.
Plenty of potential playoff points will be on the line when Bryan and Fairview — two schools separated by less than a 10-mile stretch on U.S. 127 — meet in Sherwood this week.
Neither team wants to drop to 1-2 on the season, and this one will serve as a rematch of last year’s 21-20 contest Bryan stole in the waning seconds at Golden Bear Stadium.
For Bryan, a victory would give head coach Grant Redhead the 100th of his career. He racked up 82 wins during a 10-year career at South Fort Myers High School in Florida before coming to Bryan in 2015.
Edgerton (2-0) at
Edgerton takes a 16-game regular season winning streak into Montpelier this week, and the numbers from that streak are nothing short of flabbergasting.
The Bulldogs haven’t lost in the regular season since a 24-21 overtime loss to Tinora in Week 5 of the 2017 season. During those 16 games, Edgerton has outscored its opponents, 812-161, an average of 50.75 points per game to just 10.06 surrendered.
Edgerton has been able to handle Montpelier with relative ease in recent years. The Bulldogs ran away with a 46-0 victory a year ago in Edgerton, and they cruised to a lopsided 46-6 victory in Montpelier in 2017.
If the running back tandem of Hunter Prince (325 yards, five touchdowns), Isaiah Canales (153 yards, two touchdowns) and Craig Blue (121 yards, one touchdown) gets a head of steam early, it could be a long night for the Locomotives.
Edon (0-2) at Hicksville (1-1)
After dropping its first two games of the season, Edon’s Week 3 contest is in many ways, a must-win situation if the Bombers hope to keep their playoff hopes alive for 2019.
A win against Hicksville could go a long way in boosting their resume when things are all said and done at the end of the season.
Hicksville is a program Edon has had trouble with in recent years. The two towns situated on Route 49 typically square off every year, and Hicksville has taken the previous eight matchups. Edon’s last victory in the series came in the form of a 38-34 win in Edon in 2010.
Hilltop (1-1) at
Fremont St. Joe (0-2)
Hoping to build off its 50-20 victory at home against Antwerp in Week 2, the Hilltop Cadets will take to the road to face winless Fremont St. Joe for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Saturday.
It’s been a tough couple of weeks to the start of the season for the Crimson Streaks, who fell, 42-14, in Week 1 to Cardinal Stritch, before getting blanked, 49-0, by Norwalk St. Paul in Week 2.
The Cadets showed an impressive running game in Week 2 by racking up 415 yards on the ground, and they’ll be looking to do more of the same in order to move to 2-1 on the season.
Stryker (0-2) at
Pittsford, MI (1-1)
The Stryker Panthers are still looking for their first victory as a varsity program since 1931, and they’ll venture north to Michigan for a Week 3 game against Pittsford.
Pittsford, a town about 10 miles north of the Ohio-Michigan border, comes into this week’s game with a 1-1 overall record. Pittsford was a playoff team in Michigan a year ago. The Wildcats finished the 2018 season at 7-3 and fell, 65-48, to Reading in the first round of the MHSAA Division 8 State Tournament.