The weather forecast for this weekend calls for cool temperatures, rain and possibly snow.
Welcome to Week 12 of the high school football season when several local teams find themselves four wins away from a state championship.
The Friday schedule includes East, Archbishop Hoban, Mogadore, Canton McKinley, Massillon and Wadsworth in action at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s slate features Manchester and Orrville in separate games at 7 p.m.
Run, run, run
Manchester rushed the ball 47 times for 467 yards last week in a 35-0 victory at home over Sandy Valley in a Division V regional quarterfinal.
Panthers junior Ethan Wright rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries, senior Angelo “AJ” Johnson had 134 yards and one touchdown on seven carries, and junior Hunter Foster rushed for 71 yards on 16 carries.
“They are a trio who like each other and they all like to play football, especially Ethan,” Manchester coach Jim France said. “He has fun every day and he is a character. He loves to play football.”
Manchester (8-3) will meet Leavittsburg LaBrae (10-1) at Louisville on Saturday and Orrville (9-2) will play against Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (11-0) at Twinsburg.
Orrville sophomore Marquael Parks scored four touchdowns, four different ways, in the first quarter of last week’s 47-20 win at home over Tuslaw.
Parks finished with five touchdowns and rushed eight times for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He reached the end zone on a 26-yard touchdown reception from Logan Domer, a 5-yard run, an 86-yard punt return, a 63-yard interception return and a 71-yard run.
East (9-2) is going to meet Canfield (10-1) at Ravenna in a Division III game Friday. A victory for East would put the Dragons in their first regional final.
East features senior quarterback Kyre Williams and senior two-way lineman Dee’Arius Reese, both University of Akron recruits. Bangally Kamara and Romeo Felton are two other impact speedsters for the Dragons.
Adorni on top
Matt Adorni took over the No. 1 spot atop Mogadore’s coaching wins list last week with 151 victories when the host Wildcats beat Columbia Station 35-0 in a Division VI first-round game.
Adorni is 151-35 in his 15th season as Mogadore coach. Norm Lingle (150-53-1 in 18 seasons) and Scott Pollock (118-28-0 in 12 seasons) are second and third on the list.
“It’s just a tremendous effort on the part of him and his staff to accomplish such a feat in such a short period of time,” Lingle told the Record Courier. “I’m just happy for him. He’s a Mogadore person. He works hard at it and he believes in the Mogadore football tradition. It really couldn’t happen to a nicer young man.”
Mogadore (10-1) will meet McDonald (11-0) on Friday at Aurora.
“It’s great to be in the company of the men that I joined,” Adorni told the Record Courier. “Scott and Norm, especially. They mean a lot to me.”
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