St. Thomas Aquinas Knights Team News

Stark County is well represented in the 2012 Ohio High School Athletic Association playoffs. Half of the eight spots in the region that Stark County schools are in will go to local schools, and two of them will meet Saturday night in a rematch between Federal League rivals.

PERRY TWP.  It was a scene reminiscent of the Roman Colosseum.

A cheering throng 10-deep surrounded St. Thomas Aquinas senior Joel Rich on the Central Catholic Stadium turf.

Here's what you need to know entering Week 10 of the high school football season:

TIME  7 p.m.
SITE  Central Catholic Stadium
RECORDS  Aquinas 8-1; Central 4-5
LAST WEEK  Aquinas 34, Northwest 13; Central 23, Ecorse (Mich.) 19

St. Thomas Aquinas head coach Tim Budd and Central Catholic head coach Lowell Klinefelter hung around the Stark County Parochial School League football field Monday afternoon. They watched the 7th-8th grade championship game and talked about the players.

St. Thomas Aquinas (8-1) at Central Catholic (4-5)

Friday, 7 p.m., Central Catholic Stadium

CANTON  When senior Joel Rich turned a fake punt into a crucial fourth-quarter rushing first down against Northwest on Friday, it did more than turn the game in St. Thomas Aquinas’ favor.

COLUMBUS  A big win by Massillon last week put the Tigers on top of their region, while Marlington remains on top of its region despite losing its first game of the year.

LOUISVILLE  It looked like upset-minded Northwest was going to get the ball back midway through Friday’s fourth quarter, down just a touchdown to St. Thomas Aquinas.

Looks can be deceiving.


Here's what you need to know entering Week 9 of the high school football season: