Newschannel 5 high school sports contributor Jack O' Breza picks the high school winners. Last week the Breeze was 5-0.
Massillon at Canton GlenOak - Early season game with playoff implications in Division I, Region 2. Both teams won their season opener. Massillon beat Akron Buchtel, 53-21. GlenOak defeated Akron Firestone,
44-7. Quarterbacks will be a key in this matchup. Massillon senior Kyle Kempt, a University of Cincinnati recruit, threw for a career-high 316 yards last week. GlenOak senior Reid Worstell completed 24 of 30 passes
for 247 yards. Linebackers Ja'Bron McGuire and Kentrell Taylor are standouts for Tigers on defense. Glen Oak prevailed last year, 22-21.
This season it's the Tigers turn. Pick: Massillon
Glenville at Solon - Turnovers doomed the Tarblooders in their season-opening setback to St. Edward. Comets struggled past pesky Shaker Heights. Comets are led by seniors Drew Barksdale and Darian Hicks. Bardsdale, a senior quarterback and Boston College recruit, tossed three TD passes last week. Hicks, a Michigan State recruit, had two touchdown receptions including a 46-yarder with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Glenville defensive back Christopher Worley and this teammates will be put to the test.
Tarblooders are more athletic than Solon, but the Comets are at Stewart Field where they are hard to beat. Pick: Solon
Mayfield at Willoughby South - Wildcats will have to contain South
senior running back Kareem Hunt if they hope to pull off an upset.
Mayfield has gone to a spread formation on offense this season. The
Wildcats edged Nordonia, 22-21, in overtime last week. Quarterback
Drazen Markovic completed 20 of 47 passes for 315 yards and two
touchdowns. Missed field goals were an issue for Mayfield. South
defeated Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, 43-24, in its opener. Hunt was
a one-man wrecking crew with 460 all-purpose yards including
kickoff returns of 99 and 90 yards for touchdowns. Look for the Rebels
to ramble onward. Pick: Willoughby South
Lake Catholic at Brunswick - Cougars were impressive on offense
in their 49-21 season-opening win over visiting Strongsville. Senior
quarterback Mark Baniewicz had 228 yards rushing on 17 carries
and four touchdowns. He also threw a TD pass. Senior offensive
left tackle Evan Grosel (6-4, 310) also played well. Junior cornerback
Anthony Christopher had two interceptions. Brunswick topped Padua,
42-7, in its opener. Senior tailback Nick Roberts rushed for 147 yards
and three TDs. Senior twin brothers Dan (quarterback) and Keith (RB/WR) also played well. The Blue Devils will have to be at the top
of their game to cage the Cougars. Pick: Lake Catholic
Akron St. V/Mary at Walsh Jesuit - Warriors will be seeking to
bounce back from tough road loss to Canton McKinley. Fighting
Irish drilled Purcell Martin, 45-0, in their opener. Junior tailback
Parris Campbell ran for three touchdowns and had an interception
in the win. Junior linebacker Dante Booker chalked up 12 tackles.
Walsh sophomore quarterback Pat Ford played well against the
Bulldogs completing 13 of 26 passesfor 264 yards and two TDs.
Doug Lewis caught a TD pass and returned a kickoff 93 yards
for a touchdown. Teammate Crissen Caver had a TD reception
and interception. This game is a toss up. Pick: Walsh Jesuit
Last week: 5-0
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