The top goal of every year for most coaches is to have his/her team win a league title.
By winning a league crown you more than likely set yourself up to be in a position to do things in the postseason. As the high school football hits the conclusion of the regular season, two of the four Madison County teams are playing a piece of their respective league crowns, while another would need help to get a piece of the title.
Whitehall (6-3) at London (8-1), 7 p.m.
It appears the Red Raiders have already locked a spot in the OHSAA state playoffs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to play for here in Week 10.
A victory over the talented Rams would give London an outright Mid-State League Ohio Division title, which would be the school’s first outright league crown since winning the Buckeye Athletic Conference (BAC) in 1999. London High School has already clinched a share of the MSL title.
This won’t be an easy week for the Red Raiders. Whitehall itself needs this win to secure its own playoff spot in Division II. The Rams are loaded with athletic talent, particularly at the quarterback position where Raymell Byrd is a dual threat capable of doing damage with his arm and legs.
Triad (1-8) at West Jefferson (9-0), 7 p.m.
The Roughriders are looking to close out a perfect regular season and will do so with a victory over Triad Friday.
West Jeff earned a share of the Ohio Heritage Conference North Division title with its win at West Liberty-Salem last week. The team will be headed to the state playoffs in Week 11.
Triad has struggled this season and catches a West Jeff squad on a roll.
This could be a chance for the Roughriders to get a big lead and let the younger, less experienced players get valuable Friday night experience.
Jonathan Alder (7-2) at St. Paris Graham (1-8), 7 p.m.
The Pioneers are also headed to the playoffs, but need some assistance if they’re going to add a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division title to their resume.
Alder (3-1 in Kenton Trail Division) needs a win over a Graham team that’s had its share of problems this year, and then needs Kenton Ridge to upset league-leading Bellefontaine (8-1, 3-0) in order to split the championship.
Greeneview (9-0) at Madison-Plains (5-4), 7 p.m.
The Golden Eagles have plenty to play for in the final week of the season. Madison-Plains High School has been mathematically eliminated from making the state playoffs, but a win over the undefeated Rams Friday would mean the school’s first winning record since the early 1990s.
Greeneview hasn’t wrapped up a state playoff berth yet, so Plains will get a motivated bunch from Greeneview on Friday night.
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