Brunswick Blue Devils (5-4, 2-2) at Medina Bees (7-2, 2-2)
It's hard to see why Brunswick is above .500 when they have been outscored by nearly 60 points for the season. They've struggled in almost every defensive phase, including special teams as well. But despite everything, they are in the thick of things, trying to go to 6-4 on the year. Medina has played well, though not gaining much attention in the rankings. Regardless, they are amongst the best in their conference, and with a win Friday, locked up a piece of the playoff pie.
Buchtel Griffins (6-3, 5-0) at Firestone Falcons (6-3, 5-0)
This is the last of a three-game road set for the Griffins, in which they are looking to cap off going two-for-three. The Falcons are a formidable foe though. Firestone is 3-0 when defending their home turf, but 3-3 on the road. The Falcons desperately need a home game in the first round for any hopes of advancing through the postseason. Buchtel will look to terrorize those hopes.
Solon Comets (10-0, 4-0) at Strongsville Mustangs (6-3, 3-1)
Thus far, not a single team in the league has been a challenge for the high soaring Comets, although the Mustangs might. They play a 48-minute game, and never count themselves out despite any circumstances. The Mustangs linebacking core is good enough to compete with even Solon's big offensive line. The Mustangs will look to go to receiver Ray Hamilton early and often as he is a match up nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators.
North Olmsted Eagles (4-5, 2-4) at Olmsted Falls Bull Dogs (6-3, 5-1)
Although the Eagles are not headed to the tournament this year, they would love to avenge their season by knocking crosstown rival Olmsted Falls out of the bracket. The Eagles do struggle in their conference, but they know the Bull Dogs better than anyone. This is a game that could be won in the locker room watching film, as the opposing clubs get familiar with offensive schemes and coaches' gameplans.
Amherst Steele Comets (8-1, 5-1) at Avon Lake Shoremen (7-2, 5-1)
Amherst will come out of the gate with high emotions looking to punish whoever gets in their way after their first loss of the season in a stunning upset against Olmsted Falls. Steele has an offense with multiple dimensions, but the Shoremen excel at putting an end to consistency defensively. Having only permitted 77 points to the opposition all season, the Shoremen are proud owners of one of the most balanced defenses in their conference. Depth at the defensive line position and senior leaders at linebacker make for a tough rival for Amherst Steele.