IVC battles highlight final run for playoffs

Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011

While most of the eyes are on tonight’s Dover-Phila football matchup, there are plenty of other important high school football games across the Tuscarawas Valley.

And the Inter-Valley Conference is in the thick of things.

Defending champion Ridgewood, Garaway and Malvern are tied atop the league standings with 4-1 marks.

Ridgewood (7-2) will play at Newcomerstown (1-4, 3-6) in the annual Orange and Black game; Garaway (7-2) hosts Strasburg (3-2, 5-4) in a clash between neighboring schools; and Malvern (8-1) travels to take on rival Sandy Valley (1-2, 3-6).

In addition to the race for the league title, playoff implications are on the line.

Garaway is rated No. 5 in Region 17, Ridgewood is No. 6 in Region 19 of Division V, and Malvern is No. 5 and Strasburg is No. 9 in Region 21 of Division VI.

The top eight teams qualify for the postseason, and the top four in each region earn a home game in the first round.

Claymont (3-2, 7-2) will be bidding for its eighth win of the season as it hosts West Muskingum in a nonleague matchup.

The Mustangs last won eight games in 1992 under Mel Peters.

Coshocton (3-1, 7-2) can win the outright Gray Division title in the East Central Ohio League as it takes on host River View (1-3, 2-7).

Should the Redskins falter, they would share it with Claymont.

Coshocton is rated No. 3 in Region 15 of Division IV.

In other games tonight, Carrollton will try to keep host Minerva from an undefeated season, Fairless entertains Tuslaw, West Holmes is at Clear Fork and Harrison Central travels to Buckeye Local.

Saturday, Tuscarawas Central Catholic goes to Conotton Valley for a season finale for both squads.