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High School Football Week 8 Preview: It’s Coming Down To The Wire

Inter-conference matchups make for lack of satisfaction among conference leaders

Mayfield Wildcats (4-3, 0-2) at Medina Bees (6-1, 1-1)

Neither one of these teams has played particularly well within their conference, but one of these clubs will get it done this coming Friday. The on paper analysis would favor the Bees, coming off of a 55-21 demolishing of the Nordonia Knights. It was a way for Medina to avenge their previous loss to Strongsville by imposing their will on the Knights defensively. Mayfield has lost back to back games, having played tough opponents in Solon and Strongsville. The Wildcats were outscored 76-14 in those games, but still are above five hundred. They are better than what their past two games indicate; they ran into some teams that were playing their best football of the year.

Westlake Demons (5-2, 2-2) at Avon Lake Shoremen (6-1, 4-0)

The Avon Lake Shoremen have no problems playing their neighbors down the stretch; they are yet to be beaten by anybody in the Southwestern Conference. They've put up 233 points on opponents, and only allowed 56 in seven games. They've got the making of a title contending team; fundamentally sound on offense with a stellar defense. The Shoremen, 3-1 on the road this year, are led by senior quarterback Trent Toy. They get the job done by avoiding mistakes in terms of turnovers and penalties. The Demons, don't score, or give up many points, will have to counter the Shoremen's disciple with big plays on special teams.

St. Xavier Bombers (4-3, 1-2) at St. Edward's Eagles (7-0, 1-0)

St. Xavier will prove to be a thorn in the Eagle's side for an entire 48 minutes, but very few, if any teams in the league have been a challenge for the high powered St. Ed's unit. Outscoring the opposition 302-65, they steam roll over anyone that gets in their way. The Bombers need to be physical early, limit the penalties, and catch a few breaks for a win this week. They have the tools to pull off the upset, but they need the execution. St. Edward's usually takes care of business in the latter portion of the season.

Brecksville Broadview Heights Bees (5-2, 3-1) at Amherst Steele Comets (7-0, 4-0)

The Comets are equipped with an offense that that fire at will and score on any play. They fewest amount of points they've scored in a single game is 27, which is really astonishing. They've played consistently, and at a high level, which is a deadly combination. The Bees will have their hands full come Friday night, needing to cover all areas of the field on defense, and mix up blitzing schemes. Amherst Steele rarely gives in to pressure and they have the size of the offensive line to complement their relentlessness .

Brunswick Blue Devils (4-3, 1-1) at Strongsville Mustangs (5-2, 2-0)

What a better matchup to have for homecoming weekend than these two cross town rivals. The Blue Devils have not lived up to expectations this season, but are still in good position to make a final push for post season play. The Mustangs, on the other hand, were on the verge of collapse after their 0-2 start, but have won five straight since then. Brunswick has defensive issues against the opposing aerial attack, having surrendered 174 points, one of the highest totals in the league. The Mustangs have corrected a lot of their flaws in practice also, and look to execute their game plan.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.