CLEVELAND — Week 2 of the high school football season’s features some monumental non-conference match-ups that will go a long way in amassing valuable playoff points come seasons end.
And the biggest of those match-ups takes place in Solon where the Glenville Tarblooders take on the Comets.
Solon is coming off a thrilling come-from-behind win last week over Shaker Heights that saw the Comets post 14 points in the game’s final 2:36.
The Comets triplets, Drew Barksdale, Darain Hicks and Khoury Crenshaw led the charge in the fourth quarter. It was Barksdale’s 46-yard pass play to Hicks that resulted in the game winning touchdown.
The Tarblooders are coming off a stinging loss to St. Edward that saw Glenville turn the ball over five times in the first-half.
Glenville will be relying heavily on wide receiver Chris Overton to break off big plays. Back-to-back losses to start the season could put an early end to the Tarblooders playoff hopes.
Over in Brunswick a battle of duel-threat quarterbacks will highlight the match-up between the Blue Devils and Lake Catholic.
Senior quarterback Mark Baniewicz was amazing in a Week 1 win by the Cougars over Strongsville.
Baniewicz accounted for six touchdowns, five coming on the ground, in a 49-21 win. Baniewicz racked up 228 rushing yards in the process.
Brunswick’s Dan Yohman was pretty special himself in the Blue Devils dominant 42-7 win over Padua. Yohman didn’t miss on a pass, going 7 for 7 with 106 yards, while toting the rock 15 times for 108 yards.
While Baniewicz does much of the running for Lake Catholic, Yohman has the luxury of relying on Nick Roberts in his backfield. The senior running back needs just 422-yards rushing to become the all-time leader in Brunswick school history.
If the match-up in Brunswick is about quarterback, the match-up at Akron St. Vincent St. Mary is about wide receivers.
Crissean Caver leads the Walsh Jesuit Warriors into Green Street Stadium following a nail-biting loss in Week 1 to Canton McKinley.
Caver was on the receiving end of a 64-yard touchdown pass from Pat Ford that got the Warriors close, before ultimately falling 34-28.
Caver is hoping tonight to duplicate last season’s effort against SVSM, where he hauled in five catches for 156-yards and three touchdowns.
For the Irish’s Jordan Hargrove he is simply hoping to duplicate last week’s effort. Hargrove was quarterback Clayton Uecker’s primary target in a 45-0 win over Cincinnati Purcell-Marian. Hargrove pulled down seven passes for 111-yards and a touchdown.
The two teams squared off for what many considered the game of the year last season. The teams combined for 94 points and 927 yards of offense in the Irish’s 48-46 win.
And in the Friday Night Touchdown Game of the Week, Mayfield will do their best to stymie the Kareem Hunt show, a task easier said than done.
The All-Ohio running back combined for a ridiculous 457 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in Willoughby South’s 43-24 victory at NDCL.
Hunt finished with over 100 yards in rushing, receiving and returns.
Mayfield knocked off Nordonia 22-21 in overtime last week, thanks to the play of Wildcats’ senior quarterback Drazen Markovic.
Markovic tossed for 315-yards and two touchdowns in the win.
The Wildcats defense, led by Dylan Loew and CJ Taddeo, will have to corral Hunt if Mayfield is to pull out the win.
Make sure to check out Fox 8’s Friday Night Touchdown for the highlights from these games and dozens of others from around northeast Ohio. The show airs at 11:00 p.m. immediately following Fox 8 News at 10:00 p.m.