I have completed my spread sheet for the teams I will follow during the HS season. I had a bit of a brain fart when figuring this out. Week 1 starts on Thursday, 8/29 - and runs thru Saturday 8/31. The following Monday is 9/2 - making that weekend Labor Day Weekend. Somehow I had in my mind that Week 2 was Labor Day weekend - oops wrong again!
The weekly format I will follow is Tuesday or Wednesday prior to the games of that weekend I will post 3 games I am thinking of seeing. If I post a single game- it will mean I am locked into that game. As always, feel free to let me know if you want to get together for a game. Anywhere in Summit, Stark, Cuyahoga, Portage, and Medina counties is within range - and maybe others.
Week 1 Possibilities
Friday 8/30 7PM Barberton at Norton
Talk about a lid lifter with a bang! This series had to be discontinued for a while because of the passion of both teams boiled over.
Both teams are now on their way back to prominence. Barberton is a force to be reckoned with in the tough Suburban League. Norton has had a couple of their best years recently. Last year they just missed the R9 playoffs, despite finishing with an 8-2 record.
The other reason this game is attractive to me is Norton built a new high school with a new (turf) athletic complex a couple of years back, and I have yet to see it in person.
Friday 8/30 7PM Buckeye at Revere
This game is appealing for one reason - and it is one very LARGE reason. Revere has this kid anchoring the left side of their offensive line. You may have heard of him. His name is Ben Christman. A few weeks ago, he accepted Ryan Day's offer to spend Saturday's in the fall for the next four years in Columbus - after only playing two years of high school football. He is a bit undersized though. But he is just 16 years old, so he does have time to grow into his adult body. He currently is 6'6" and 295 lbs - as a soon to be high school junior! Yes, that was sarcasm on.
When you watch this kid's tape - I swear he is a clone of Orlando Pace, 20 years later. It will be exciting to see this kid under live action.
Friday 8/30 7PM Lake Catholic at Stow
Stow will be loaded for bear for this rematch. The Bulldogs, a consistent winner in previous seasons, may have been caught off guard in the opener last year. Highly successful coach Mark Nori had been lured away to Columbus to coach Olentangy Berlin, and Tom Phillips had an adjustment period. Stow traveled to Mentor and were soundly defeated 31-7. That was the first step in an unusually difficult 5-5 season. They will be looking to wash that bad taste out of their mouth ASAP at home.
Lake Catholic is a member of the tough North Coast League. Their league schedule means they are playing a lot of larger schools. They also welcome that challenge in the pre-league portion of their schedule as well. Even though they are a D3 school, they have no trouble scheduling the bigger schools due to the number of D1 and D2 schools they do play.
Let me know.