Pick six games of the week

John F. Kennedy (7-0)

at Cleveland Central Catholic (2-5)

WHEN: Saturday, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Ben S. Stefanski II Stadium.

LAST MEETING: 2015; Kennedy won, 40-12.

LAST WEEK: Kennedy beat Valley Christian, 47-7; Central Catholic lost to St. Thomas Aquinas, 35-26.

COACHES: Jeff Bayuk, Kennedy; John Lundy, Central Catholic.

ABOUT KENNEDY: The Eagles, who still find themselves ranked second in Division VII, Region 25, routed Valley Christian last Saturday afternoon, 47-7. Kennedy’s stingy run defense held Valley Chrisian to negative 57 rushing yards and just 3 total yards. Hyland Burton and Dominic Scott each had interception return touchdowns, while Ross Nocera had a pair of rushing scores.

ABOUT CENTRAL CATHOLIC: Central Catholic defeated Valley Christian two weeks ago for its second win of the year, but wasn’t as fortunate last week. St. Thomas Aquinas defeated Central Catholic, 35-26. In Central Catholic’s previous four losses, they were held to just 40 points combined, including a shutout.

Niles (3-4)

at Howland (5-2)

WHEN: Tonight, 7

WHERE: Richard Lombardo Field.

LAST MEETING: 2015; Howland won, 37-20.

LAST WEEK: Niles lost to Canfield, 23-21; Howland beat Pittsburgh Perry, 38-8.

COACHES: Brian Shaner, Niles; Dominic Menendez, Howland.

ABOUT NILES: The Red Dragons let another one get away against Canfield. Niles led 21-7 entering the fourth quarter, but allowed 16 unanswered points in the final period. Robbie Savin had a 55-yard rushing touchdown and finished with 120 yards, while Tre Martin caught an 81-yard touchdown from Tyler Srbinovich. Martin finished with five catches for 156 yards, while Srbinovich went 11-of-14 for 234 yards.

ABOUT HOWLAND: The Tigers earned their fifth straight win, as they ran away from Pittsburgh Perry, 38-8. Despite a bit of a sloppy first half, Howland still led 17-0 going into the break. Tyriq Ellis rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Howland is now fourth in Division III, Region 9, and according to joeeitel.com, they control their own destiny.

Brookfield (5-2)

at LaBrae (5-2)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Viking Stadium.

LAST MEETING: 2015; Brookfield won, 19-14.

LAST WEEK: Brookfield beat Girard, 58-34; LaBrae beat Newton Falls, 47-8.

COACHES: Randy Clark, Brookfield; John Armeni, LaBrae.

ABOUT BROOKFIELD: The Warriors poured on 58 points against the Indians’ defense, as the squad rushed for 426 yards on 56 carries. Brookfield rushed for seven touchdowns, including four from Alex Clark. Clark ran for 194 yards, while Xavier Bailey led the way with 206 yards and two scores. The Warriors are currently ninth in Division VI, Region 21.

ABOUT LABRAE: The Vikings continue to bounce back from a slow start to the season, as they’ve now won four in a row. Last week, the fourth-ranked team in Division V, Region 17 blew out Newton Falls, 47-8. Arjay Oliver had two first quarter touchdowns, a 29-yard run and a 78-yard reception. Oliver ran for 94 yards on just seven carries, and also added a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tariq Drake in the third quarter. Carlton Brown went 14-of-19 for 225 yards and two touchdowns.

Struthers (6-1)

at Hubbard (6-1)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Hubbard Memorial Stadium.

LAST MEETING: 2015; Struthers won, 22-14.

LAST WEEK: Struthers beat Campbell, 28-0; Hubbard beat Jefferson, 48-21.

COACHES: Curt Kuntz, Struthers; Brian Hoffman, Hubbard.

ABOUT STRUTHERS: The Wildcats continue to roll, as they shut out Campbell, 28-0. Struthers moves to third in Division IV, Region 13, trailing only Crestwood and Perry. The Wildcats, whose only loss came by a single point to Niles, have now won four straight, including wins over Canfield (38-21) and Poland (28-21).

ABOUT HUBBARD: The Eagles rushed for an astounding 513 yards at Jefferson. Hubbard rushed for six touchdowns, including two each from Davion Daniels and Rafael Morales. Morales had 165 yards, while Daniels had 116. Tyreq Moore added 108 yards and David Hernandez had 76. The Eagles are ranked fifth in Struthers’ region, making this both a crucial All-American Conference White Tier and regional showdown.

Mineral Ridge (2-5)

at McDonald (3-4)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: A.A. Burkey Field.

LAST MEETING: 2015; McDonald won, 29-6.

LAST WEEK: Mineral Ridge beat Lowellville, 44-24; McDonald lost to Western Reserve, 13-9.

COACHES: Jeff Whittaker, Mineral Ridge; Dan Williams, McDonald.

ABOUT MINERAL RIDGE: The Rams earned just their second win of the year, as they defeated Lowellville by 20 points. Jarred Miller had three rushing touchdowns and 10 carries for 100 yards. He also threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Donte’ Fellows. The Rams ran for 253 yards, overall.

ABOUT MCDONALD: The Blue Devils had a tough 13-9 loss to Western Reserve last week. McDonald led 9-6 in the fourth quarter, when Western Reserve’s Wyatt Larimer had a 3-yard rushing touchdown with just 45 seconds left, to take the win. Alex Cintron rushed for 113 yards, while Dylan Portolese threw for 79.

Mathews (4-3)

at Chalker (3-4)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Booster Field.

LAST MEETING: Mathews won, 30-0.

LAST WEEK: Mathews beat Pymatuning Valley, 20-14 (2 OT); Chalker lost to Newbury, 49-28.

COACHES: John Protopapa, Mathews; Bill Bohren, Chalker.

ABOUT MATHEWS: The Mustangs survived a two-overtime thriller over Pymatuning Valley. Daniel Canter had 111 of the team’s 159 rushing yards, and added the game-winning 20-yard score in double overtime. As a team, all three of Mathews’ scores came on the ground.

ABOUT CHALKER: The Wildcats allowed 397 yards in the loss to Newbury. Trystan Mollohan threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jake Bee as the team’s only first half scoring, while Cody Helmuth added a 40-yard touchdown run in the second half.

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