Only two games are scheduled for Saturday as Week seven of the high school football season wraps up.
Linsly (1-5) will host Western Reserve (2-4) at 3:30 p.m. on the sod at Lockhart Alumni Field. At 7 p.m. on the Reno Field turf at Harding Stadium in Steubenville, a pair of state-ranked teams in Barnesville (4-2) and Steubenville Central (4-2) collide.
Western Reserve at Linsly
In Woodsdale, the Cadets will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak after opening the season with a cherished victory over Magnolia, 21-20.
However, an injury to quarterback Jameson Murray sidetracked the Linsly offense, which features standout tailback Chinelo Oparanozie. He has gained 834 yards and scored seven touchdowns.
Sophomore Jibri Blount has started the last two games at quarterback.
Linsly was blanked 32-0 last week by state-ranked Columbus Bishop Ready (6-0).
Barnesville vs. Steubenville Central
At Steubenville, the loser of this matchup is in all likelihood out of the playoff picture.
The Shamrocks seemed primed for a run to the Division V, Region 17 until they were derailed last week by previously winless Caldwell, 25-7.
With the setback, Barnesville dropped to ninth in the latest OHSAA?computer rankings.
Quarterback Kyle Yaquinta has been a pleasant surprise for first-year head coach Matt Johnson. Yaquinta has passed for 700 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions on 42 of 86. He has also run for 185 yards and another three six-pointers.
His leading receivers are Brandon Burkhart and Colton Pritchard. Burkhart has 12 receptions for 145 yards and one TD, while Pritchard has caught 11 passes for 254 stripes and a pair of scores.
Pritchard has also run for a team-high 335 yards and four TDs.
The Crusaders sit in the seventh spot on Division VI, Region 21. They are one spot behind Shadyside.
Steubenville Central is led by quarterback Brenton Colabella who has passed for an Ohio Valley-high 1,583 yards and 21 touchdowns. His favorite targets are Zach Herrington and Doug Maslowski.
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