Manchester Panthers Team News

In Week 5, there are a number of games, in which, the winner controls their title chances. Here's our guide to the action:

WHEN  7 p.m., Friday
LAST WEEK  Fairless 28, Manchester 21; Triway 47, Tusky Valley 7
LAST MEETING  Manchester won 48-0 last year.

COLUMBUS  The Ohio High School Athletic Association released its first weekly football computer ratings Tuesday and several area schools are sitting on top of their regions.

NEW FRANKLIN  Manchester discovered its running game a week ago in posting its first win of the season. Friday night, Fairless put its offense and defense in gear at an unlikely time and place.

NEW FRANKLIN  The Fairless Falcons were out for revenge, and revenge is what they got Friday with a 28-21 win at Manchester.

The Falcons lost to the Panthers (1-3, 0-1 PAC-7) last season in the playoffs, but gained a measure of revenge on the road Friday night.

Here's our guide to Friday night action:

WHEN  7 p.m., Friday

LAST WEEK  Smithville 34, Fairless 20; Manchester 51, Black River 28

WHEN  Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE  James R. France Stadium

BLACK RIVER  It took three games and a long road trip, but the Manchester Panthers finally got their 2014 season on track.

After managing just 21 points in their first two games and falling to 0-2, the Panthers (1-2) found the end zone early and often in routing Black River 51-28 for their first win.