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High School Friday Nights Lights Week Two Preview

Some teams looking to keep rolling; others looking to rebound.

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Mentor Cardinals (0-1) at Strongsville Mustangs (0-1)

Both teams played well in Week 1, but neither was able to come away with a win. Mentor battled St. Edward's until the final snap, but fell 35-28 to the Eagles. The Mustangs, on the other hand, had the fate of the game in their hands, but committed a red zone turnover that cost them the game. They only managed five points against one of the most balanced defenders in the league in the Euclid Panthers 11-man unit. Strongsville plays physical for 48 minutes, but has struggled in close games decided by fever then 10 points.

Benedictine Bengals (1-0) at Lake Catholic Cougars (1-0)

One of these two powerhouses will be handed their first loss of the season. The Benedictine Bengals are coming off of an opening day, 30-13 pounding of the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Lions, while the Lake Catholic Cougars surprised everyone with a 28-21 victory over the St. Ignatius Wildcats. Senior tailback Richie Sanders lead the way, finding the gaps in the defensive line and plowing forward to move the chains by gaining 239 yards. The fierce Benedictine defense will look to cool Sanders off, as their defense did not give in to the first-game jitters.

Mayfield Wildcats (1-0) at Willoughby South Rebels (1-0)

These two teams are similar in a lot of ways: very balanced, potent offenses and solid, disciplined defenses. Mayfield handed Bedford its first loss of the year in last week's 29-19 win. Willoughby South demolished Alliance by more then a 30-point margin, 61-27. Senior field general and quarterback Ray Russ averaged nearly 30 yards per completion and went 7-of-11. His 221 yards paved the way for South's success in week one. Wideout Aaron Lindgren caught three of those passes, all of which scored touchdowns for the South Rebels.

Euclid Panthers (1-0) at Brunswick Blue Devils (1-0)

This is a good match up here; Brunswick's high-powered aerial attack against the solid Euclid defense. After putting 39 points on the board against the Findlay Trojans last week, The Blue Devils, led by running back Nick Roberts and quarterback James Grega look to keep their streak alive. Brunswick would have liked to perform better on defense, as they prepare for the Panthers, who defeated Strongsville 9-5 on Thursday night last week. For Euclid, this is the beginning of a tough, two-game road trip that includes at Brunwsick and at Willoughby South. Then they take on an excellent St. Vincent-St. Mary's team the following week.

North Royalton Bears (0-1) at Revere Minutemen (1-0)

The Bears are a tough team which usually plays hard on every snap, but they came up shy of getting their first win in the books with a 21-17 beating from Brecksville-Broadview Heights. With this game, the Bears begin a three week stretch away from their home turf. The Minutemen took care of business against the East Orientals last week, and their defense pitched a shutout in a 20-0 victory. Look for Revere to try to pounce on the Bears early, and force them to get their passing game involved late.

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