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High School Football Week 9 Recap: With One Game To Go, Most Playoff Spots Taken

Upsets plentiful, playoff spots not

Solon Comets                          36

Medina Bees                            6

There are not many offenses in this conference that can outdo the fierce Solon defense. The blitz happy front four is a master of stuffing the run and pressuring the pass. Medina had problems advancing the sticks in this game, and was not able to establish any sort of rhythm. Three and out after three and out only provided an abundance of opportunity for the Comets offense, and they were able to take full advantage of it. Medina's feature running back Jason Suggs was able to gain only 14 yards on 12 carries off of his favorite play; the power sweep.

North Royalton Bears              42

Parma Redmen                         7

This was a game that both teams needed, and the Royalton Bears brought their A game at home. Royalton is now on the verge of a playoff birth, pending next week's action. The Bears led 20-0 at halftime, and played equally aggressive in the second half. Aggressive, but not arrogant, is the Bear's creative style and. Parma had difficulty executing its game plan, and could not make the necessary adjustments in the second half. This loss is costly for Parma's playoff hopes.

Glenville Tarblooders            40

John Hay Hornets                    0

Eventually, the Hornet's Cinderella season was going to come to an end, and it came at the hands of the best team in the state. This one was just a matter of better athletes; the Tarblooders were faster, stronger, superior to the Hornets. The Tarblooders got 130 passing yards from quarterback Cardale Jones, but were able to create points off of turnovers and special teams. Glenville is currently ranked number 11 in the ESPN USA poll.

Willoughby South Rebels        49

Riverside Beavers                  21

Opposing defensive coordinators: Raise you hand if you can stop the Rebels offense...silence. Yes, I expected as much, seeing that Willoughby South has put up 439 points this season, and have scored less than 40 points in a game only twice all year. This have match up problems at nearly all positions on the field, and rack up close to 500 total yards every game. They just run over anybody that gets in their way, and the Beavers had to fear for the worst when they saw South on its schedule this week.

Mentor Cardinals                    42

Cleveland Heights Tigers        21

After a few early losses in the season, the Mentor Cardinals are making up lost ground with a solid second half run. With wins over Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, and Harding, the Cardinals find themselves right back in the thick of things for the post season. The Tiger's season is all but over at 4-5.

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