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Season at its midway point

September 25, 2009

Week 5 has some interesting match ups, not the least of which is Buckeye Local heading to Kettlewell Stadium to take on Indian Creek.

As much that has been made of the Redskins' band in recent days, the show will be on the field during the four quarters.

Both are coming off come-from-behind victories, done in different styles.

Indian Creek's Brandon Mathieu sent a 25-yard field goal through the uprights in the final seconds for a 34-32 win at Union Local, allowing the Redskins' program to exorcise some major ghosts.

Buckeye Local, down 28-6 heading into the final quarter at Oak Glen, scored four unanswered touchdowns for a 34-28 victory, keeping its record unblemished.

The Redskins and Panthers can run the ball and throw it as both defenses will be tested and both offenses will see how long it can sustain drives to keep their respective defenses off the field.

I look at this one to come down to the final drive and I like the hosts to come away with a 23-21 victory.

Fairview at Big Red

Steubenville is expected to get quarterback Dwight Macon back in the lineup.

Jordon Meyer and Anthony Pierro filled in admirably during his absence, proving how important the team concept is.

Fairview comes in as the bigger team, but Big Red is used to that.

Steubenville is the faster team and that will be the difference again.

Big Red's defense is pretty darn good and it will flex its muscles again, 41-13.

Oak Glen at Toronto

It is rare that when two 1-3 teams get together a good game is expected.

This is one of those times.

Both teams are better than their records as the Golden Bears invade Clarke Hinkle Field.

The Red Knights got a huge gorilla lifted off their back with last week's 51-6 victory at Yellow Springs. They got their running game in gear and made plays on special teams.

Oak Glen is not happy after letting a game slip through its hands when Buckeye Local came back from 22 down to win.

This game will also be close. The Golden Bears are a good football team, but I'll take the hosts, 27-25.

Brooke at Wheeling Park

The Bruins look to kick its rivals when they're down. The Patriots have their own version of "M*A*S*H" and look for Brooke to take advantage.

The Bruins are seeking a 4-0 start while Park has lost three in a row, including last week's 23-16 decision against John Marshall, which was winless a year ago.

Cotey Wallace led Brooke's offense to 54 points last week. Although I do not think that total will be matched, I look for a Bruins win, 38-13.

Edison at Harrison Central

Huskies coach Justin Kropka calls this the best Edison team he has faced. I do not believe that is just coach-talk.

The Wildcats, after being beaten 64-8 in the first two weeks by St. Clairsville and Martins Ferry, two pretty good football teams, went on the road to beat Weir High and held off Catholic?Central last week at Cartwright Field.

Harrison?Central is also a M*A*S*H unit at 3-1. It has a good quarterback and runners and, as usual, the Cadiz crew is fast.

I love what Kropka has done for the Huskies since he stepped on campus. And, for anyone to give him any grief for any reason should remember the 10-50 record before he got there.

That being said, I think Edison will take that huge step this week, 21-20.

St. Clairsville at Weir

Things just do not get any easier for the Red Riders. They have lost three in a row and have to take on a good Red Devils squad, which took care of business last week at Bellaire after suffering a disappointing loss to Union Local the week before.

Red Riders coach Tom Taylor says his crew is getting better each week in different phases of the game, but this is an uphill battle.

I'll take the Red Devils, 28-16.

Cameron at Madonna

The Blue Dons, ranked No. 1 among the West Virginia Class A programs, will stay there after hosting the Dragons on Saturday at Jimmy Carey Stadium.

Madonna's regular saw a lot of time last week at Valley and will have to stay on the field for a good bit this week considering Bridgeport is on the horizon.

I know coach Bob Kramer has not said the word Bridgeport this week because Cameron is the opponent.

It won't take long to look forward to next week's battle in Bridgeport after Madonna's 43-6 win.

Bellaire at Catholic Central

If the Crusaders can tackle the run I like their chances. Well, I like their chances anyway.

Central is not an 0-4 team, but that's what its record says it is.

There are too many people questioning coach Gregg Bahen and the coaching staff and that has to stop. No one is more sick about being 0-4 than the coach and I look for the troops to rally Saturday night at Harding Stadium.

Bellaire, under lame-duck coach Jose Davis, is 1-3 and I see it going to 1-4.

I'll take the boys in blue, 27-19.

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at

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