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Friday night review-Week 3

By admin Published: September 8, 2007

Here are some scores from Week 3 of high school football that grabbed my attention:

Lake 24, Canton McKinley 6

Wow. Has there been a shift in power in the Federal League or what? Lake is now 3-0, and McKinley is 0-3. The Bulldogs had to forfeit their win in Week 1 against Detroit Pershing because they used an ineligible player. Then they lost to Union from Tulsa, Okla., and Lake. I am very impressed with Lake. The Blue Streaks have two solid running back: senior Gene Onabiyi and junior Tyler Crowl. Senior linebacker Matt Higginbotham leads a tough Lake defense.

St. Vincent-St. Mary 31, Highland 0

The Irish defense has not allowed a touchdown this season. As Michael Beaven suggested in his post, St. Vincent-St. Mary (3-0) seems to have more momentum heading into its Week 4 game against arch-rival Archbishop Hoban (1-2) than it has had in the recent past.

GlenOak 37, Wooster 6

The Golden Eagles appear to be another Federal League team on the rise. After finishing 3-7 last season, GlenOak is 3-0 in 2007.

Field 47, Rootstown 7

Field (3-0) has outscored its first three opponents 116-13. The Falcons' first-string defense has not allowed a touchdown. The Falcons' defense has also scored three defensive touchdowns in three games. This is a warning to other Portage Trail County Metro Division teams: Beware of Field.

Northwest 55, Chardon 16

Northwest (3-0) has made the playoffs for six consecutive seasons, which is the longest active streak in Stark County. The Indians appear to be even more powerful this season, and they emphasized that with a rout over their most recent formidable opponent --- Chardon.

Walsh Jesuit 21, Notre-Dame Cathedral Latin 14

The Warriors (3-0) have some of the best offensive and defensive linemen in the area, and it's paying off.

Hudson 38, Jackson 6

I picked Hudson to win this game, but I never thought the Explorers would handle Jackson like this. Hudson (3-0) and its senior quarterback Alex Gedeon appear to be the real deal.

Stow 37, North 12

Stow is 3-0 after finishing 2-8 for two seasons in a row. North (2-1) had its best start since 1984 deflated by the Bulldogs.

Random thoughts

--- I have covered three football games this season: Lake 34, Copley 7; Northwest 42, Firestone 21; Field 47, Rootstown 7. I wonder if I'll see a game this season that's not decided by halftime.

--- I picked Ravenna to win the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division in the preseason. The Ravens are 1-2, and after watching Field (3-0) beat Rootstown in Week 3, I can't help but think Field should be considered the favorite to win the PTC Metro Division.

--- I think St. Vincent-St. Mary will break its losing streak against Archbishop Hoban this season because defense wins championships and big games like this one.

--- I think Wadsworth will win the Suburban League even though Tallmadge was the Beacon Journal's preseason No. 1 team.

--- I am surprised that perennial powerhouses Canton McKinley (0-3) and Massillon (1-2) are struggling.

--- I think Nordonia (3-0) is underrated.

-- I am glad to announce that I defeated David Lee Morgan Jr. in Week 3 of the high school football picks 183-161. With the win, I extended my overall lead to 533-484. I was correct on 17-of-20 picks and out of the three games David and I disagreed about, I went 3-0. Click here to watch the Week 3 Gridlocks video. And if any of you think you can pick high school football games better than I can, I think you're wrong. I will accept all challengers in a blog battle of picks. Let me know if you're up for it.

PHIL MASTURZO/Akron Beacon Journal

Hudson senior quarterback Alex Gedeon has led the Explorers to a 3-0 record.

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