WHEN 7 p.m., Friday
LAST WEEK Central Catholic 35, Northwest 7; McKinley 36, Jackson 24
LAST MEETING Jackson won 36-30 last year.
COLUMBUS For the third straight week, unbeaten Central Catholic leads its region in the Ohio High School Athletic Association weekly football computer ratings. The ratings are released every Tuesday afternoon, leading up to the final report Nov.
PERRY TWP. Central Catholic had a lot in common with the rain Friday at Lowell Klinefelter Field — steady, relentless and, at times, overwhelming.
CANAL FULTON When the Northwest Indians suffered a 38-7 defeat against Poland earlier this season, there wasn’t much gnashing of teeth or wringing of hands.
Instead, Northwest football coach Vic Whiting viewed the loss as a simple case of “getting beat by a better team.”
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They have familiarity with each other.
They have respect for each other.
What the Central Catholic and Northwest football programs do not have is any history of playing each other.
That changes Friday at 7 p.m. when the two schools — located about 15 miles apart — meet at Central Catholic.
Northwest (3-2) at Central Catholic (5-0)
WHEN Friday, 7 p.m.
WHERE Lowell Klinefelter Field at Central Catholic Stadium
CANAL FULTON Sometimes effort and execution can all come together in one night for a football team.
That’s exactly what it appeared to be like for New Philadelphia for most of Friday night’s battle with Northwest on the Indians’ new artificial turf at Smilek Stadium.
WHEN Friday, 7
LAST WEEK New Philadelphia 40, Youngstown East 14; Northwest 56, Toledo Woodward 0.
LAST MEETING New Philadelphia 34, Northwest 19 in 2013.
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