Countdown to touchdown: Northeast Ohio gears up for high school football

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Northeast Ohio is gearing up for another great season of high school football. That means the hard-working crews of FOX 8 are anticipating another superb fall, filled with Friday Night Touchdown coverage.

Just two weeks remain before the show, which airs at 11 p.m. and covers dozens of high school games throughout the region.

In 2013, teams in our coverage area did very well on Championship Weekend in Stark County.

Mentor High lost in a shoot-out with Cincinnati Moeller in the Division One final.  This year, coach Steve Trivisonno has scatback Eddie Daugherty and many other talented Cardinals back.

In Division Two last fall, the Glenville Tarblooders were beaten by Loveland in the title contest. The talented bunch, led by Ted Ginn, Sr., is back and hoping to go far in the postseason.

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary is the school of champions. We know it’s a hoops power, with the LeBron James history, but the gridders are dynamite. The Fighting Irish are defending champions, and despite losing many talented gridders to college, they will be a force to be reckoned with.

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney was a state finalist and has a great tradition.

Never count out the little school that could. In Division VI, Tiger LaVerde and the  Kirtland Hornets are building a dynasty. They won another championship, but graduated many players that had 2-3, and in a few cases, 4 years experience. They will get lots of Friday night exposure.

The two-week countdown is on, and we look forward to seeing you at the games this fall, glued to the TV watching Friday Night Touchdown, and checking for updated scores.

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