The Norton football team has stepped up its game the past two weeks, and enters Friday’s game at Springfield seeking a third win in a row.
The Panthers — with wins over Field (35-0) and Cloverleaf (34-28) the past two weeks — have a 3-2 record under coach John Tanksley. The Spartans are 1-4.
Nick Farmer, who had a four-touchdown performance against Cloverleaf, continues to be a key offensive weapon for Norton.
Farmer rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries and caught three passes from quarterback Nate Dobben for 31 yards and another touchdown.
Undefeated Brecksville visits 2-3 Nordonia on Friday after a 48-37 win at home over Twinsburg last week.
Dynamic quarterback Luke Strnad accounted for six touchdowns — five passing and one rushing — in last week’s win that made the Bees 5-0. He completed 26-of-32 passes for 371 yards.
Sam Wiglusz caught three of the touchdown passes and finished with 12 receptions for 207 yards. Joey McGonegal and Kenny Ganley each had one touchdown reception.
Medina will take its 5-0 record on the road Friday at 1-4 Brunswick, and the Bees will do it with a new starting quarterback.
The Medina Gazette reported that senior John Curtis suffered a broken right wrist in the fourth quarter of last week’s 42-23 win at Strongsville. Curtis, who completed 8-of-16 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns in the game, might be able to return for the playoffs if Medina qualifies.
Medina coach Dan Sutherland said he will call on junior Gavin Montgomery to replace Curtis in the starting lineup.
On the plus side, the Bees can still call on tailback Jimmy Daw. The senior continued his big year with three receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns and 22 carries for 88 yards and another touchdown against Strongsville.
Dylan Fultz is another playmaker for the Bees. A week ago, he scored touchdowns on a 90-yard kickoff return and a 72-yard reception.
•?Manchester (2-3) hits the road to take on Tusky Valley (3-2) on Friday. Panthers quarterback Dalton Earich tossed two touchdown passes — one apiece to Ethan Wright and JoJo France — last week in a 14-6 home win over Fairless.
•?Highland will visit Aurora on Friday in a matchup of 4-1 teams. The Hornets have shut out their past two opponents, Revere (48-0) and Columbus St. Charles (30-0), at home. Highland’s Mitchell Zaz and Jake Mall each intercepted a pass last week, and quarterback Matthew Earnest tossed touchdown passes to three different receivers — Evan Kasulones, Michael Oriti and Ryan Frederick.
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