October 28, 2011
Prep Preview: Week Ten
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The final week of the high school football regular season in the state of Ohio is upon us and there are some huge match-ups throughout the state this weekend. Many teams are still fighting for playoff spots and some are just looking to improve their seeding and secure that first round home game. Below, we look at some of the biggest match-ups involving Ohio State commits and key targets.
1. Catholic school powers collide
Two of the better small school powers in Ohio will meet in Columbus on Friday night as Cleveland Benedictine makes the two-hour trip south to take on Columbus St. Francis De Sales. De Sales is of course led by Ohio State commit Warren Ball and with a playoff spot already locked up, the Stallions are looking to hold onto that top seed in Region 10 and secure a home playoff game in the first round.
Benedictine boasts one of the top wide receiver/tight end prospects in Ohio in Mike Roberts. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect holds nine scholarship offers at the moment and is a high ceiling prospect with tremendous athleticism. The Bengals can secure a playoff berth with a win so this should be an intensely played game.
2. Playoff lives at stake
Many Ohio State targets and commits will be playing for their playoff lives this weekend and perhaps no player as a tougher challenge this weekend than Upper Arlington's Frank Epitropoulos. His Golden Bears are currently 7-2 and holding onto the final playoff spot in Region 3. Epitropoulos and company host Dublin Coffman (8-1) a team that is among the favorites in the region. A loss could leave Upper Arlington out of the playoff picture.
Other Ohio State commits playing for a spot in the playoffs this weekend include Pickerington Central duo Roger Lewis and Jacoby Boren, Pickerington North lineman Pat Elflein, and Glenville product De'van Bogard.
3. The 'Holy War'
It is rivalry weekend around the state of Ohio and one of the very best rivalries not only in Ohio but around the Midwest is the 'Holy War' between Cleveland St. Ignatius and Lakewood St. Edward. Once again, these two power programs will battle it out on Saturday night and while both teams have already locked up playoff berths, there is still a lot to play for.
For one, these teams are currently sitting fourth and fifth in the Region 1 playoff standings meaning the winner of this game will get a home game in the first round. School pride is of course on the line as well and not just high school pride, but college pride as well. St. Ed's offensive tackle Kyle Kalis is committed to Michigan after previously de-committing from Ohio State. On the opposite sideline is future Buckeye tight end Blake Thomas. The two won't be on the field at the same time but there is no doubt that a win in this game would be extra special.
Ironically, there is a chance this could simply be a tune up for next week as there is still a possibility that these teams could face each other in the first round of the playoffs. If you're looking for an intense, passionate, and physical high school football game, this is the place to be on Saturday night.
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