If you care about high school football at all, find a way to go to one of these games this weekend. There are several great matchups that will likely decide league championships.
Here are some games that caught my attention and who I think will win these key matchups:
North Canton Hoover at Perry (7:30 p.m. Friday): This game will feature the top two teams in the Federal League standings and will likely determine the eventual league champion. Hoover's passing attack led by senior quarterback Jared Wackerly and senior receiver Matt Wakulchik will clash with Perry's running attack led by senior running back Eric Magnacca. Both teams have records of 6-1, 4-1 in the Federal League.
Nate's prediction: Perry.
Field at Ravenna (7:30 p.m. Friday): This game will likely determine the eventual Portage Trail Conference Metro Division champion. Field (8-0, 5-0) is led by one of the best running backs in the area: senior Seth Koosed. Ravenna (6-2, 5-0) is led by a trio of cousins: junior running back/safety Blayre Davis, senior wide receiver-running back/safety Jonathan Davis and senior fullback/linebacker Roy Davis.
Nate's prediction: Field.
Nordonia at Mayfield (7:30 p.m. Friday): This winner of this game will almost surely go on to become the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division champion. Both teams are 7-1, 3-0 and playoff bound.
Nate's prediction: Nordonia.
Hillsdale at Waynedale (7:30 p.m. Friday): This will be a showdown between two of the best teams in the Wayne County Athletic League. Hillsdale (7-1, 4-1) will try to knock Norwayne off and force the possibility of a co-championship in the WCAL. Meanwhile, Waynedale (7-1, 5-0) can make a significant step in securing an outright league championship with a victory.
Nate's prediction: Waynedale.
Firestone at Kenmore (noon Saturday): The Falcons (6-2, 5-0) have a chance to clinch their first outright City Series title in school history.
Nate's prediction: Firestone.
Let me know what you think of these games. Who will win? Who will lose? Why?