By Bryant Kizer
With just three weeks away to the end of 2017 high school football regular season, many teams are trying to play football in November.
In Week 8, a playoff berths will be clinched and a few rivalry games are at hand.
Hudson and Stow-Munroe Falls will kick-off week 8 on Thursday.
No. 6 Hudson (6-1) at No. 8 Stow-Munroe Falls (6-1) –
There is a three-team race in the Suburban League – National Division. Hudson and Stow-Munroe are trying to keep pace with undefeated Wadsworth. Hudson is 4-0 in the conference. Stow is 3-1 with a loss to Wadsworth. Stow-Munore Bulldogs needs to win their home game for three reasons. Reason No. 1, to stay in contention in the D-I state playoffs. No. 2, beat Hudson. They are 1-8 in their last nine contests. No. 3, to win the league title. The Bulldogs are ranked sixth in the D-I, R-I state playoffs poll. A loss might knock them out. However, they have winnable match-ups in week 9 and 10. For Hudson, they have clinched a playoff berth in the D-II, R-5. However, they want to have a playoff in their stadium. They are ranked third. With Bedford, Brush and Lake Catholic on their heals. Hudson last game of the regular season is at home against Wadsworth.
No. 3 Mentor (6-1) at Solon (5-2) –
Both teams had a lot on their hands in week 7. The Mentor Cardinals were down to Shaker Heights 20-14, but they regrouped to win 45-27. Solon was down 27-0 to Euclid, they came back to lead 28-27. However, they lost 33-28. The Cardinals are ranked No.4 in the D-I, R-I state playoffs. The Cardinals have won five in a row. The Comets playoffs hopes are fading. They are ranked 9 in the same region. Only eight teams will make it. Solon can not afford to have another sluggish first-half. You are not going to give Mentor 27 points in the first half and then try to comeback. Solon have two winnable opponents in week 9 and 10. But losing to Mentor might end their playoff run. The Comets have Massillon Jackson, Massillon Perry, Stow and Euclid in front of them.
Perry (7-0) at Orange (6-1) – The Perry Pirates have one of most successful programs in Northeast Ohio. They have won 18 consecutive regular season games. The have beaten Orange five straight times. Their last regular season loss was on October 23, 2015. The Pirates have already clinched the D-IV, R-13 playoffs. The Lions have won four in a row. They are on a verge of making the D-IV, R-14 playoffs. They are ranked fifth. With two winnable opponents in week 9 and 10. Look forward to seeing the Lions in the playoffs for the first time in almost 15 years. The winner of this game will win the Chagrin Valley Conference – Chagrin Division Title.
Brush (5-2) at Chardon (6-1) The Brush Arcs had bump in the road game last week. The Arcs were up 13-0 at the end of three to Eastlake North. Then the saw the Rangers (3-4) score 24 consecutive points for a 24-13 victory. The Arcs probably looked passed them as they will host Chardon on Friday. The Hilltoppers sit on top of the Western Reserve Conference. However, with an Arch’s victory they still can win the WRC. The Arcs are sixth in the D-II, R-5 state playoffs. They have Lake Catholic, Mayfield and Green chasing them. Brush will finish up with hosting Riverside (2-6) and visiting Madison (2-5). For the Hilltoppers, they are in eight place. Kenston (9th) and Aurora (10th) are nipping at hills.