FNTD Week #10: Game of the Week Winner

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It is Week #10 FOX 8’s Emmy Awarding Winning ‘Friday Night Touchdown‘, and the final week of the high school football regular season, so big playoff points on are on the line.

Tune in Friday, October 26th at 11:00 p.m. to see which teams can complete undefeated seasons, which teams will claim conference championships, and which teams will clinch berths in the postseason.

Each week during the 2012 high school football season, we nominate four area games to receive extended coverage both on air, and online, on the Friday Night Touchdown webpage.

Students, staff, players, coaches, fans and FOX 8 viewers were invited to vote for their favorite school or game.

This week’s winner is: SOUTHEAST at WOODRIDGE.

In addition to the traditional fan vote, this week we will also feature extended coverage of the final ‘Battle for the Grindstone’ between longtime rivals Midpark (5-4) and Berea (3-6).

The Meteors and Braves will be playing the last game in their storied series, before the two schools merge for the 2012-13 school year. Former Friday Night Touchdown host Tony Rizzo is a Midpark alumnus and will join FOX 8 Sports Director John Telich for a special presentation, just before kickoff.

FOX 8 Reporter P.J. Ziegler will provide extended coverage of the winning game on Friday night, both on-air and online.

Here were this week’s nominees:

A. PARMA vs VALLEY FORGE:  It’s been a difficult season for both Parma (3-6) and Valley Forge (2-7), but you can throw out the records when these crosstown rivals make the trip up Ridge Road to renew their longtime rivalry at Byers Field. The Patriots stunned Parma in last season’s regular season finale, for their only win of 2011, so the Redmen will be looking for a little payback.

B. KIRTLAND at INDEPENDENCE:  Kirtland (9-0) survived a close call at Beachwood to win in overtime, extending the defending State Champion Hornets’ school-record winning streak to 24-straight games. Kirtland can finish off its third consecutive undefeated regular season with a win at Independence (5-4). The Blue Devils started the season with four straight wins, but have struggled through the CVC season, losing four of six conference games. Independence is looking for its first win over Kirtland since 2007.

C. HUDSON at NORTH ROYALTON: Hudson (7-2) knows what it has to do – just win and the Explorers will book their trip to the playoffs in Region 2. Sounds easy enough, except Hudson not only has to go on the road, the Explorers also have to travel to unbeaten North Royalton (9-0). Coach Nick Ciulli’s Bears can finish off the first undefeated regular season in school history with a win at home. Royalton can also clinch the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division Championship, and lock up a home playoff game. If Hudson can pull the upset, the Explorers will clinch a share of the division title, along with Royalton and Elyria.

D. SOUTHEAST at WOODRIDGE: Southeast (6-3) is a tough team that has been a victim of its schedule. The Pirates are one of the biggest schools in the County division of the Portage Trail Conference, and Woodridge (7-2) will be just the third fellow Division-3 foe they have faced all season. The Bulldogs could not keep up with St. Vincent-St. Mary, and fell a touchdown short against Mogadore, the top-ranked team in Division 6, but they breezed through the rest of their schedule. Woodridge is currently sitting sixth in Region 9, and can clinch a playoff spot with one more win.

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