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Last Friday the winless Bombers took the field against a much-improved Waterloo football program. The results of the game were very disappointing for the host Windham Bombers, a 40-0 loss to the Vikings. The Vikings defense held Windham to just five first downs and 124 total yards. Meanwhile the Waterloo offense rolled up 395 rushing yards. This week the Bombers have a good look at their first victory since week three last season as they travel to East Canton to take on the winless Hornets.

People say. “When you play your rival you can throw out the records” that saying holds no better example than when LaBrae and Newton Falls play. No matter the sport, no matter the year, either team has so much familiarity with schools that are right next to them, because they grow up playing against one another and know their tendencies. Last week the previously winless Tigers played host to the one-loss Vikings, and Newton Falls’ Chance Marsh rushed in the end zone from five yards out in overtime to cut the Tigers deficit to one 26-27. Obviously the Tigers saw something they could do well and decided to go for the two-point conversion and the win. After C.J. Gregory hauled in the pass for the two-point play there was jubilation in the Falls as the Tigers have knocked off their rival 28-27. The Vikings fall to 5-2 on the season and are currently ranked third in division 3 region 13 for the OHSAA playoffs (the top eight teams in each region make the playoffs). As for the 1-6 Tigers, they will travel to Champion to take on the 2-5 Golden Flashes.
The Crestwood Red Devils continue their struggles dropping a 21-56 decision to the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders last Friday. Crestwood in all likelihood has played five of their seven games against playoff bound teams, while the remaining three games are against teams they should better compete against. Starting this week as the 1-6 Red Devils travel to 2-5 Field. Crestwood last beat the Falcons in 2006.

The Cardinal Huskies hosted the undefeated Kirtland Hornets last week and came up on the short end of a 45-20 decision. The 20 points scored are the most points Kirtland has given up all year. Cardinal (1-6) looks for answers this Friday as they host the 3-4 Independence Blue Devils.

After last week’s 21-38 loss to Mogadore, Garfield (4-3) looks to regroup on homecoming week as they host the 4-3 Woodridge Bulldogs. After the G-Men jumped out to a 14-6 lead, the Wildcats scored 18 straight points for a 10-point halftime lead 14-24. Garfield would score a lone touchdown in the second half only to allow Mogadore two more touchdowns. Currently the G-Men sit 13th in the computer rankings and need to win  and get some help to make their second straight post-season appearance.