Undefeated teams shooting for fifth victories
Five area teams remain undefeated as this unusual COVID-19 affected season reaches week 5 this weekend.
Hubbard (4-0, 4-0) is Trumbull County’s lone undefeated team. After recording four victories against opponents with a combined record of 3-13, the Eagles should face their toughest foe to date when they travel to Poland (3-1). Next week, Hubbard will return home to play South Range.
Garfield (4-0) went 9-1 during the regular season last year, with the lone loss being a 39-21 setback at the hands of Mogadore. Tonight, the G-Men will again put their perfect record to the test against the Wildcats (3-1). This is the third consecutive week Garfield will face an undefeated opponent.
Pymatuning Valley (4-0, 3-0) has been completely dominant in its four wins, outscoring opponents 196-7. The Lakers will play host to Mathews (3-1) tonight, then play a yet-to-be-determined Northeastern Athletic Conference foe next week before heading into the playoffs.
Austintown Fitch (4-0) will get tested when it visits St. Benedictine (2-2). The Bengals have wins over Warren G. Harding and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Their losses were to Akron Hoban and Massillon.
The Falcons are one of six Mahoning County teams which has yet to suffer a loss. Jackson-Milton (4-0, 4-0) and Springfield (4-0, 4-0) both hope to remain perfect prior to their week six showdown, which could determine the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Scarlet Tier championship. Tonight, the Blue Jays play host to Mineral Ridge (1-3, 1-3) while Springfield welcomes Waterloo (0-4, 0-4).
For the unbeaten Canfield Cardinals, it’s all about getting ready for week seven.
The Cardinals (4-0) aren’t fighting for a playoff berth (everyone can opt in) and they aren’t playing for a league title (they are an independent).
“Our goal has always been to compete every Friday night, to put ourselves in the best possible position to win, and to get better each time we take the field,” Canfield coach Mike Pavlansky said. “We’re happy to be 4-0. At the same time, we better improve on what we’ve done or we won’t be happy in October.”
“We’re a good team. Our goal is to work toward being a great team.”
Tonight, the Cardinals look to maintain their perfect record when they play host to Chaney (1-3).