St. Thomas Aquinas Knights Team News

LOUISVILLE  St. Thomas Aquinas head football coach Tim Budd did a great Dennis Green impression Monday discussing Saturday’s playoff foe, Columbiana Crestview.

Minus the bluster.

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

WHEN  Saturday, 7 p.m.
WHERE  Rebels Stadium
LAST MEETING  Crestview won 41-20 in last year’s regional semifinal.

It’s no secret a football coach wants his best players on the field as much as possible.

At a small Division V school such as St. Thomas Aquinas, it would be easy to throw your first-string offense onto the defensive side, too. But second-year head coach Tim Budd prefers to do that sparingly this season.

Division I
Games scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday
Region 1

8 Mayfield (6-4) at 1 Lakewood St. Edward (10-0)
7 Austintown-Fitch (9-1) at 2 Cle. St. Ignatius (9-1)

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.