FNTD Week #5: FOX 8 TOP 8

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Friday Night Touchdown FOX 8 TOP-8 for Week #5:

  1. St. Edward (4-0) – Eagles have outscored opponents 200-39. Offensive line is blowing teams off the ball and the defensive front seven has been dominant in the trenches. New QB Brett Kean, tailback Andrew Dowell have played very well, while WRs Shaun Crawford and D.J. Thomas give the Eagles threats on the outside. St. Edward is Ranked #1 in the new Division I AP Poll, and sit third in Region 1 Playoff points.
  2. St. Vincent – St. Mary (4-0) – Irish have outscored opponents 172-32.  They have loads of talent, including the names you know: Paris Campbell Jr., Dante Booker & Newman Williams. But new QB Aaron Busher distributes the ball well to a stable of scoring threats like Vince Lockett, Kyle Loney, Markus Hurd & Tyrece Speaight. St.V&M is ranked #1 in the new Division III AP Poll.
  3. St. Ignatius (3-1) – Wildcats defense allowed 24 points in 3 wins, but injuries really piling up: QB John Thomas & Mike Vitale missed win over McDowell & Enzo Cannata suffered an apparent head injury.  Coach Chuck Kyle’s defense is already missing Kyle Berger, so the Wildcats better get healthy fast – they host #3 team in the country Paramus Catholic (NJ) on Saturday. St. Ignatius is ranked #6 in Division I.
  4. Glenville (3-1) – Tarblooders dominated Cleveland Hts. on the road in Week #3. Glenville is ranked 7th in Division II Poll. Blooders currently sit second in Region 2, behind only unbeaten Willoughby South. Now that the Senate season has started, their next 5 opponents are only a combined 3-17.  Davon Anderson, Marshon Lattimore and Quan Robinson are all among the top athletes in Ohio.
  5. McKinley (4-0) – Pups have struggled on both sides of the ball in the last two weeks & their first five opponents have only won three games combined. Do-it-all QB Eric Glover-Williams and bruising RB Jarrod Smith lead McKinley’s powerful rushing offense, while MLB Jamal Davis seems to make every tackle on the defensive side of the ball. McKinley is ranked 5th in Division I.
  6. Mentor (3-1) – Cardinals have recovered from tough loss to St. Ignatius with back-to-back Shutouts: 85-0 over Euclid & Twinsburg. All-purpose threat Conor Krizancic and Eddie Daugherty lead an improved running attack, but the Cards need to settle on one QB.
  7. Hudson (4-0) – Explorers have terrific coaching & great leader in QB Mitchell Guadagni, but their defense was the difference in big wins over Uniontown Lake, Brecksville & Brunswick. Hudson sits 2nd in Region 1 Playoff points, but still faces Stow & Mentor. Hudson is ranked #8 in Division I.
  8. Shaker Heights (4-0) – Red Raiders are absolutely crushing teams, pitching three consecutive shutouts and outscoring their four opponents by a combined 179-27. Shaker faces its first real test this Friday at 4-0 Stow. RB Ramses Owens continues outstanding Senior season & looks like Player of the Year candidate.
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Best of the Rest: (in alphabetical order)

Aurora (4-0) – Greenmen outlasted Chagrin Falls 14-13 in an hard-fought game. Aurora has only beaten one team with a winning record, but will face (3-1) Orange and (3-1) West Geauga in next two weeks. Ranked #3 in Division II.

Avon (4-0) – Eagles dealt with weather issues last two weeks, but continued to win easily. Have outscored opponents 173-30, and big season-opening win over Avon Lake is looking better each week. Avon hosts Midview (3-1) Friday – the last team over .500 left on their schedule.

Columbia (4-0) – Jay Banyasz has the Raiders piling up the points, but the defense needs a little work. Columbia already has a pair of one-point wins. Fairview is only team above .500 left on Raiders' schedule.

Ellet (4-0) – Orangemen are off to a flying start, including big win over Tallmadge. Could have a record-breaking season if they can beat Buchtel on the road & make the Playoffs in Region 4.

Elyria (4-0) – Jordan Connell & Offense getting better every week, but the Pioneers will need their defense to improve to win on the road at Brunswick & Stow. Elyria is fortunate to get Shaker Heights at home.

Fairview (4-0) – Warriors improbable season continues, with The Commissioner's new favorite coach, Tom Narducci, leading a vastly improved team. Still face very tough test against Columbia, but looking good for Playoff berth in Region 11. Fairview is ranked #8 in Division IV.

Highland (4-0)The EYES Have it. Unbeaten Hornets held off Wadsworth, but face a tough schedule the rest of the season, including trips to Copley and Nordonia.

Kirtland (4-0) – The Hornets have won 39 straight regular season games. Coach Tiger LaVerde's team faces its biggest test of the season this Friday vs Cuyahoga Heights and the Redskins star QB, reigning Friday Night Touchdown Player of the Week, Jordan Martin. If the Hornets can win out, they will extend their impressive regular season winning streak to 45 games heading into Playoffs. Ranked #1 in Division VI AP Poll.

Massillon (4-0) – Tigers have three wins over Region 1 teams; Freshman QB Danny Clark looks very impressive. Travel to (4-0) Big Red Friday night, face four unbeaten teams in last six weeks including Austintown-Fitch: #1 in Region 1 & SVSM.

Nordonia (4-0) – Knights are one of the biggest surprises of early season. RBs Jordan Nobles, Denzel Ward and QB David Murray are all talented with the speed to score from anywhere on the field. Nordonia has not been truly tested yet, but remaining opponents are a combined 17-7.

Stow-Munroe Falls (4-0) – Bulldogs win over Kent Roosevelt is looking better each week. Stow is led by stiff defense and terrific dual-threat QB Brian Groves, but the Bulldogs face a tough schedule the rest of the way, with games against Shaker, Hudson and Elyria in next 5 weeks.

VASJ (4-0) – Vikings are undefeated after going 1-9 in 2012. Unfortunately they’re stuck in rugged Region 19 with Kirtland, Mogadore, Aquinas, Brookfield & Cuyahoga Heights. VASJ is ranked #7 in Division VI.

Willoughby South (4-0) – Rebels just keep winning and their offense never seems to slow down. Coach Duffy & company obviously know how to get most out of their players every year.  Ranked #4 in Division II Poll.

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