There are three Madison County high school football teams (London, West Jefferson, Jonathan Alder) that are in contention for league championships and sitting quite nicely in terms of playoff positioning heading into Week 8.
The fourth school (Madison-Plains) isn’t completely out of contention for either, but the cards are stacked against it.
All four teams will be on the road playing outside of the county limits Friday, but the games are all just as important as the next.
London (7-0) vs. Bishop Ready (5-2) at DeSales High School, 7 p.m.
The Red Raiders face another challenge as they travel to the north side of Columbus to face the Silver Knights.
London has played a number of tough teams this season and this one may turn out to be one of the better ones. Ready has rarely dominated opponents this season, but rather has found ways to win close games. The team however is coming off a tough 42-10 setback at the hands of a very good Bishop Hartley squad.
London will need to continue to get contributions from not only running back K.J. Price but other members of the offense who have stepped up big time in the last month or so.
West Jefferson (7-0) at Northeastern (1-6), 7 p.m.
This has all the makings of a letdown game.
The Roughriders are coming off a thoroughly dominating performance over rival Mechanicsburg. West Jeff’s defense held the Indians to less than 100 total yards last week in sending a loud message that it is very much a player in the chase for an Ohio Heritage Conference championship race and will be in the mix for a state playoff berth.
Next week West Jeff will travel to West Liberty-Salem (6-1) in what will be another epic clash in the OHC, but before it can turn all of its attention to that huge game it gets a struggling Northeastern squad.
West Jefferson shouldn’t have much trouble with the young Jets, but the maturity of coach Shawn Buescher’s squad will be on display. The coach will be looking for the squad to come out and take care of business much like it has the first seven weeks of the season.
Madison-Plains (3-4) at Greenon (2-4), 7 p.m.
The Golden Eagles were all smiles following a commanding 56-20 win over winless Cedarville last week.
The team will travel to play another team which has struggled this season. Greenon has just two wins this season a 42-35 defeat of Triad (1-6) and a 35-7 triumph over Springfield Catholic Central. That Catholic Central outcome should open the eyes of Madison-Plains High School as it lost to that same Irish team 42-22 earlier this season.
Plains has played well at times this season and not-so-well at other times, that inconsistency will need to be addressed because this is a winnable game.
Greenon is giving up an average of 49 points per contest. The Eagles should have plenty of scoring opportunities.
Jonathan Alder (5-2) at Tecumseh (2-5), 7 p.m.
The Pioneers have played one of the toughest schedules around and enter this week in the mix to not only make the state playoffs but to host a state playoff game.
This contest figures to be slightly less challenging than the one the Pioneers have played in recent weeks, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Coming off a tough 19-6 loss to visiting Bellefontaine last week Alder needs to get back to its winning ways.
Tecumseh is trending downward after back-to-back losses to Bellefontaine (41-0) and Benjamin Logan (32-21).
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