When Highland (8-0, 5-0) visits Nordonia (8-0, 5-0) Friday night it will mark just the second time in Suburban League history that two teams will meet with perfect records in Week Nine, according to league historian Phil Heyn of Revere.
The other time it happened was 2010 when Tallmadge and Copley entered into a Week Nine game against each other with identical 8-0, 5-0 records. The visiting Blue Devils won the game 34-14 over the Indians.
The Hornets and Knights game will also be the fifth time in league history that undefeated teams have met after Week Seven, and it is the 11th time that teams undefeated in league play have met after Week Seven.
Highland and Wadsworth played a Week Eight game in 2001 undefeated and the Hornets won 38-17. Heyn said there have been two Week 10 matchups in the Suburban League where two 9-0, 6-0 teams met, 1999 when Copley beat Wadsworth 35-7 and 1975 when Green beat Hudson 28-6.
The Suburban League started competition in 1949.
The winner of Friday’s game between Highland and Nordonia will at least clinch a tie for the league championship, and the loser will remain in contention for a co-championship along with Wadsworth, who is 7-1, 4-1 and hosts Tallmadge on Friday. Wadsworth’s lone loss this season was by one point (24-23) to Highland.
The Highland-Nordonia game also has playoff implications in Division II, Region 4 with Highland currently No. 1 and Nordonia at No. 3.