FNTD Week #8: Game of the Week Winner

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Week #8 of FOX 8’s Emmy Awarding Winning ‘Friday Night Touchdown‘ kicks off Friday, October 12th at 11:00 p.m.

Each week during the 2012 high school football season, we will nominate 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 are invited to vote for their favorite school or game.

This week’s winner is:  NORTH OLMSTED at BEREA!

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

Voting is now closed.

Here were this week’s nominees:

A. NORTH OLMSTED at BEREA:  North Olmsted (5-2) has split its last four games, after starting the season with three straight wins. The Eagles are now battling five teams for the 8th and final playoff spot in the very competitive Region 1, and will need to win out to have a chance to get in, starting at Berea (3-4) this Friday. It will be the Braves final home game as an independent Berea High School, before the big season-ending battle for the Grindstone against arch-rival Midpark, which will be the final meeting in the long-running series, before the two schools merge next fall.

B. MENTOR at MEDINA:  Mentor (6-1) has really hit its stride, after an early season setback against the state’s top-ranked team, St. Ignatius. Since their only loss, Mitch Trubisky and the Cardinals have won four straight, averaging more than 51-points per game in the process.  Medina (2-5) beat rival Strongsville last week, the Bees’ first win since they posted a shutout in week one. Medina’s struggles against a very challenging schedule, mean the Bees have already been mathematically eliminated the Bees from playoffs in Region 2, so an upset of mighty Mentor could make their season.

C. BRUNSWICK at STRONGSVILLE:  For the better part of two decades, this was one of the most anticipated rivalry games of every season. But both programs have taken a step back in recent years. Brunswick (4-3) won four of its first five games to open the 2012 season, but the Blue Devils have lost two straight, to NEO conference foes, Mentor and Twinsburg, dropping them from sixth to 10th in the Region 2 playoff race. Strongsville (2-5) started the season with high hopes, but the Mustangs are struggling through another disappointing season. Their only wins have come against Padua and Valley Forge, teams with a combined 3-11 record. Brunswick has won three straight in the series, so Strongsville will be looking to get back in the winner’s column.

D. TALLMADGE at CLOVERLEAF:  Tallmadge (5-2) was flying high, before last week’s tough loss to Nordonia knocked the Blue Devils out of the top spot in both the Suburban League, and Region 5. Anthony Gotto and company have played well against a stacked schedule, including five teams with winning records. A win at Cloverleaf (3-4) will keep Tallmadge in the hunt to host a first round playoff game. Meanwhile, the Colts are finishing off a very challenging stretch of the season, in which they have faced five consecutive teams with winning records, including four in playoff positions. Cloverleaf swept the Medina schools, on its way to a 3-0 start, but the Colts have dropped their last four by an average of 28 points.

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