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Tonight's previews

September 16, 2011
By ED PUSKAS - Tribune Chronicle Sports Editor (epuskas@tribtoday.com) , Underthelights

Canfield at Howland

Kickoff: 7, tonight, Richard Lombardo Stadium.

Records: Canfield 3-0; Howland 3-0.

Radio: WNIO-1390 AM.

Coaches: Mike Pavlansky for Canfield; Dick Angle for Howland.

Last week: Canfield beat Dover, 43-42; Howland beat Warren G. Harding, 16-15.

Last meeting: Howland won, 16-0, in 2010.

Notes: No time for a letdown for the Tigers, who survived a 90-minute weather delay and then rallied to edge WGH at Mollenkopf Stadium. ... Howland TB De'Veon Smith ran for 238 yards and two?touchdowns against?the Raiders. ... It will be a boost for Howland if QB?Brendan Cope returns. Cope went down against WGH. ... Will the fact Canfield allowed 505 passing yards tempt Angle to mix a few more passes into the game plan despite having one of the best backs in the state? ... PK?Connor Gilmour gives the Tigers an edge in special teams. ... The winner becomes the favorite in the All-American Conference's Red Tier.

Lakeview at Poland

Kickoff: 7, tonight, Dave Pavlansky Stadium, Poland.

Records: Lakeview 1-2; Poland 1-2.

Radio: ESPN-1240 AM.

Coaches: Tom Pavlansky for Lakeview; Mark Brungard for Poland.

Last week: Lakeview beat M.M. Robinson, 40-6; Marlington beat Poland, 41-23.

Last meeting: Poland won, 33-30, in 2010.

Notes: This game doesn't carry the drama or potential playoff implications it ordinarily does, given both teams have lost two of their first three games. ... Lakeview avoided an 0-3 start by beating M.M. Robinson in a Saturday afternoon game last week. ... Junior QB?Erich Schmitt had his best game since replacing the injured Anthony?Franco, hitting 17 of 22 passes for 181 yards and two?TDs against the team from?Canada. ... Poland has dropped two straight after a dramatic 37-31 season-opening win at Hubbard.

Beaver Local at Niles McKinley

Kickoff: 7, tonight, Bo Rein Stadium, Niles.

Records: Beaver Local 1-2; Niles 2-1.

Radio: none.

Coaches: Rich Wright for Beaver Local; Brad Yeager for Niles.

Last week: Struthers beat Beaver Local, 20-7; Salem beat Niles, 7-3.

Last meeting: Niles won, 13-6, in 2010.

Notes: The Red Dragons will be looking to kick start their offense, which produced only Justin Evans' 47-yard field goal in a home loss to the Quakers a week ago. Niles RB?Tommy?Duffy ran for 97 yards, but the Red Dragons couldn't reach the end zone. ... The Beavers have played?Niles tough since joining the AAC White Tier, losing 13-0 in 2008 and 28-21 in '09 before falling again by a TD?last season.

Champion at LaBrae

Kickoff: 7, tonight, Vikings Stadium, Leavittsburg.

Records: Champion 1-2; LaBrae 2-1.

Radio: none.

Coaches: Terry Howell for Champion; Bill Bohren for LaBrae.

Last week: Garfield beat Champion, 14-7; CVCA beat LaBrae, 21-14.

Last meeting: Champion won, 14-7, in 2010.

Notes: Both teams were affected by weather delays last week. The Golden?Flashes waited 90 minutes and then saw Garfield score a late TD to win. The Vikings' game at CVCA?was suspended and resumed the next day and LaBrae wound up losing for the first time this season despite 132 yards by?RB?Matt?Szorady. ... Champion needs to get its offense going. The Golden Flashes had just four first downs against Garfield. They had twice as many penalties.

Warren G. Harding at Shaw

Kickoff: 7, tonight, at Shaw Stadium, East Cleveland.

Records: Harding 1-2; Shaw 1-1.

Radio: WHKZ-1440 AM, WHTX-1570 AM.

Coaches: Rick Rios for Harding; Rodney Brown for Shaw.

Last week: Howland beat Harding, 16-15; Cleveland Heights beat Shaw, 35-24.

Last meeting: Harding won, 29-26, in 2010.

Notes: The Raiders feel they let one get away last week. They had the lead and all the momentum when lightning halted their game against Howland. No time to lament, because Shaw usually plays WGH tough. It was a tight game a year ago at Mollenkopf and this one is on the Cardinals' turf. ... The Raiders need to break out offensively.?They're averaging just 10 points per game. ... RB LeShun Daniels had 94 yards against Howland, but WGH moved the ball only occasionally, finishing with just nine first downs last week.

Campbell Memorial at Brookfield

Kickoff: 7, tonight, at Warriors Stadium, Brookfield.

Records: Campbell Memorial 3-0; Brookfield 3-0.

Radio: WBBG-106.1 FM.

Coaches: Mickey Sikora for Campbell; Randy Clark for Brookfield.

Last week: Campbell beat Liberty, 33-3; Brookfield beat Jefferson, 40-14.

Last meeting: Campbell Memorial won, 22-7, in 2010.

Notes: The Warriors get their first big test in the unbeaten Red Devils. A win tonight would firmly establish that Brookfield football is back. The Warriors haven't started 4-0 since 1994, which is the last time they made the playoffs. ... Brookfield needs another big game from?QB?Jeremy?Quinn and RB?Ryan Mosora. Quinn ran for 200 yards against Jefferson and Mosora has been one of the area's top rushers through three games. ... The Red Devils' offense runs through?RB?Ja'les Hughes, who gained 204 yards against Liberty.

Austintown Fitch at Canton McKinley

Kickoff: 7, tonight, Fawcett Stadium, Canton.

Records: Fitch 3-0; McKinley 2-1.

Radio: WKBN-570 AM.

Coaches: Phil Annarella for Fitch; Ron Johnson for McKinley.

Last week: Fitch beat St. Mary's (Ontario), 49-0; Canton McKinley beat Uniontown Lake, 50-27.

Last meeting: Fitch won, 24-21, in 2010.

Notes: The Falcons had an easy time of it last week, putting the game away with 28 points in the first quarter, including two TD?runs by Will Mahone. ... Fitch has weapons, including?Mahone, but its defense has allowed only one TD - in Week 1 against Warren G. Harding - and that unit forced four turnovers a week ago. ... McKinley QB?Tyler Foster passed for four TDs and ran for another against Lake. ... The Bullodgs' defense will have to be better this week after allowing 395 yards and 23 first downs to Lake.

Girard at Newton Falls

Kickoff: 7, tonight, Tigers Stadium, Newton Falls.

Records: Girard 3-0; Newton Falls 0-3.

Radio: none.

Coaches: Nick Cochran for Girard; Greg Lazzari for Newton Falls.

Last week: Girard beat John F. Kennedy, 49-17; Columbiana beat Newton Falls, 27-21.

Last meeting: Girard won, 34-0, in 2010.

Notes: This one looks ugly on paper. The Indians' offense looks as prolific as ever behind QB?Dan Graziano,?RB?Ahmad Eggleston and WR Brandon Byrd. ... Girard has been consistent, scoring 49, 45 and 49 points in its three victories. ... The Tigers' dormant offense came alive with three TDs last week after being held to just a field goal in their first two games. Cody Dillon scored two of them on passes from?Matt Brazin.

Southeast at Garfield

Kickoff: 7, tonight, James A. Garfield Stadium, Garrettsville.

Records: Southeast 3-0; Garfield 2-1.

Radio: none.

Coaches: Steve Sigworth for Southeast; Steve Wyllie for Garfield.

Last week: Southeast beat Crestwood, 41-7; Garfield beat Champion, 14-7.

Last meeting: Southeast won, 23-14, in 2004.

Notes: The Pirates needed two days to complete their rout of the Red Devils, thanks to inclement weather.?Tylor Brokaw ran for 103 yards and three TDs to spark the offense, but Southeast's defense also was dominant, holding Crestwood to 109 total yards, including -7 rushing yards. ... The G-Men struggled offensively - especially in the first half - against Champion. QB?Sebastian Neikirk threw all three of his interceptions in the first half, but Garfield waited out the weather and eventually sapped a 7-7 tie on Bobby Bright's 42-yard run with 2:15 to play. ... The G-Men need to establish Bright on the ground, which will lead to better opportunities for Neikirk and his receivers.