High school football kicks off in Northeast Ohio

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CLEVELAND- While Fox 8 is gearing up for the season premiere of Friday Night Touchdown, there are a few games on tonight's schedule as the season has a "soft opening" much like a new restaurant.

There will be nothing " soft" about the hard hitting we will see when we visit a few games in football hotbeds.

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The Massillon Washington Tigers and their new coach, Nate Moore host Massillon Perry at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. QB Danny Clark is now at Hoban, but Moore has brought in the title culture he cultivated down at LaSalle, where his former team won the 2014 Division 2 title over Nordonia.

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The Canton McKinley Bulldogs will be facing Clark and the Archbishop Hoban Knights. It's the first meeting in between the two schools in 50 years. Former Youngstown Ursuline coach Dan Reardon has some talent from the merger with Timken and his defense will be faced with the task of stopping Hobans offense led by two OSU recruits, QB Clark and running back Todd Sibley.

Rocky River, with new coach Josh Wells at the controls, opens its season at home against rival Fairview. This is the 81st meeting between these two rivals. Rocky River has the edge in the series 46-32-2. The Pirates won last years battle, 45-12 enroute to a playoff appearance. Rocky River gave eventual Division 3 champ Toledo Central Catholic a huge scare for over a half before losing in the playoffs.

Here are this week’s nominees:

A.) AURORA  at  SOLON

B.) BEDFORD  at  BEREA-MIDPARK

C.) CHAGRIN FALLS  at  KIRTLAND

D.) NORDONIA  at  MAYFIELD

Cleveland JFK travels to Steubenville, while the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs travel to face Parma.

Keep it right here at Fox8.com for all the scores. And watch Fox 8 news for highlights and analysis.

And after the " soft" opening , join us as we embark on season 19 of Friday Night Touchdown, at 11pm Friday night.