Races are heating up around the Tri-state area and there is little margin for error at this point.
While much of the city will be focused on whether or not the Reds can get a hit against the Phillies, there will be several huge high school games unfolding on the gridiron.
We get you ready for kickoff of Week 7 with this weekend's Weekend Watch, highlighting the top games from Eastern Indiana, Northern Kentucky, and Southwest Ohio.
East Central at Greensburg
A win gives Greensburg (4-3, 3-1) a share of first place in the EIAC. For East Central they are in a position to clinch their 10th league title in 11 years with a victory over the Pirates. Greensburg is a dangerous team right now as they are playing with a ton of confidence.
Conner at Campbell County
If the odds makers in Las Vegas were setting an over-and-under on points it might just be 80. This will be an aerial assault to say the least. Both teams are looking for momentum and a shot at playoff football. No doubt about it, the stars of this game will be the quarterbacks, the Camels' Michael Kremer and the Cougars' Cy Smith.
Holmes at Dixie Heights
Finally, Holmes (6-0, 3-0) get a real test. The Bulldogs have put up 52 points or more in each of the last three weeks. They have averaged 48.3 points per contest against six foes, who are a combined 12-24 on the year. Dixie Heights (3-4, 1-1) knows what it's like to play top-notch competition. The Colonels' four losses are to squads that are a combines 23-3 on the season.
Ryle at Simon Kenton
Even though it is only Week 7. the Class 6A, District 6 title is on the line as Ryle (5-1, 2-0) hosts Simon Kenton (5-1, 2-0). The two teams have split the past two seasons. Both teams have played challenging schedules and each has seen their only loss come at the hands of undefeated teams. The Raiders have three straight wins against sub .500 teams, but have won by less than two touchdowns in each. They will need to match the visiting Pioneers' intensity on each play.
NewCath at Dixie Heights
Newport Central Catholic (6-1, 1-0) looks like it has state championship tools. Holy Cross (2-4, 0-0) has some get-up-and-go, but not enough to match the Thoroughbreds horsepower. NewCath does not have a win against a team with a record over .500, but all their wins except one are against schools that are all three classes larger than they are.
Walton-Verona at Bishop Brossart
We will see how far both programs have come since their inaugural campaign just four seasons ago. The winner of this game knows that their next hurdle is beating Beechwood. Bishop Brossart (5-1, 1-1) will come into this game very focused after losing to Bellevue last Saturday. Walton-Verona (3-3, 1-1) has lost three of their last four with the lone victory coming against Bellevue.
--DIVISION I, REGION 4
Elder at Moeller
It's desperation time for the Elder Panthers (2-4, 0-1), who are in dire need of a victory to keep their post-season hopes alive. There is some hope for the Panthers as Moeller (5-1, 1-0) is coming off an inexplicable 25-point loss to Indianapolis Cathedral. When push comes to shove in the trenches it will be the Crusaders who come out on top in this one.
Hamilton at Colerain
Hamilton (4-2, 2-1) has aced one of its oughest tests in beating Springfield and failed in the other behind a five-turnover performance at Middletown. Now, the Big Blue can redeem themselves and prove that they belong in Southwest Ohio's upper echelon if they can knock of Colerain (6-0, 3-0). The Cardinals' defense is allowing just 66 yards game rushing and the Hamilton offense is racking up 308 yards per contest on the ground. It will be a great test for both squads.
Mason at Middletown
Mason (4-2, 3-0) has become the Cinderella Story of the mid-season now the Comets get to show if they are contenders or pretenders down the stretch. It won't be easy with Middletown, Hamilton and Sycamore still left on the schedule. The Middletown (6-0, 3-0) defense has given up 14 points or fewer 12 times in their last 18 games since the start of 2009. Their offense has been just as sensational putting up 39 points per contests during the same stretch of time. The combined record of the four teams that Mason has beaten during their current four game winning streak is 9-15.
Northmont at Centerville
Only once has Centerville (6-0, 1-0) given up more than seven points in a contest. Toss in an offense that is averaging 345 yards and four touchdowns per tilt. Northmont (4-2, 1-0) has won three games. Sophomore quarterback Cameron Belton has been outstanding in that span completing 71.6% of his pass with five touchdowns while averaging 200 yards per game. He will have to do more than that if the T'Bolts are going to beat the Elks.
--DIVISION II, REGION 8
Kings at Walnut Hills
Walnut Hills (3-3, 0-1) has battled injuries all season long and that lack of depth could do them in this week. Kings (5-1, 0-1) has done a great job in the area of "hidden yards." The Knights have accumulated over 900 yards and four touchdowns on returns through six contests. They have also done a good job in the takeaway department with 18. Those two ingredients make are a bad mix for the Eagles to bite on.
Glen Este at Harrison
Glen Este (3-3, 1-0) showed signs of life last week with a big win last week. No they need to establish some consistency with a road win at Harrison (4-2, 0-1). The Wildcats end their season with four straight games against Division I teams. They can solidify their playoff position by finishing strong in winnable games.
Alter at Carroll
Division IV Alter (5-1, 3-0) has dominated the larger Division II Carroll (5-1, 2-1) since Patriots joined the GCL in 2006. The Knights are 4-0 and have outscored the Patriots by an average of 43-12 in that span. The Carroll defense has been outstanding allowing just 43 points and posting three shutouts this year. It should be a much more tightly contested clash than from years past.
Troy at Piqua
The match-up is one of the oldest rivalries in the state of Ohio with 125 meetings overall since 1899. The schools have played every year since 1911 and Troy (5-1, 1-0) holds a 60-59-6 edge over Piqua (3-3, 0-1). What's even more beautiful is that this game has playoff implications for both teams for the first time in a couple of years. Throw out the records and expect this one could go down to the wire.
Wilmington at Turpin
It is a clash between with two contrasting styles on how to win. Wilmington (5-1, 1-0) has done it with defense giving up just 137 total yards and 10 points per game. Turpin (6-0, 1-0) can stretch the field via the run or pass. The Spartans are racking up yards a clip of 418 per contest and putting 41 points on the board while doing so. The "Cane" have not faced anything like what they will see on Friday night.
Amelia at New Richmond
This is the most meaningful game that Amelia (4-2, 1-0) has played this late in the season in years. The Barons controls its destiny. If they can win out they have a legitimate shot at their first ever post season appearance. New Richmond (4-2, 2-1) has won three straight and is in dire need of a quality win. The Lions have beaten four foes that are a combined 7-17.
--DIVISION III, REGION 12 & DIVISION IV, REGION 16
Chaminade-Julienne at Bishop Fenwick
Don't be surprised if this is a let-down game for Bishop Fenwick (6-0, 3-0) after their big win at Roger Bacon and their looking ahead to next week's matchup at Alter. The Falcons and an offense that averages 378 yards per game rushing should be able to use their superior size to plow their way to victory over visiting Chaminade-Julienne (2-4, 0-3).
Lockland at CHCA
Lockland (5-1, 2-1) comes into this game having held their last five opponents to 15 points or less. CHCA (4-2, 2-1) seems to be hitting their stride offense averaging 35 points over their last three tilts. Both teams are currently sitting at #4 in the latest Harbin Ratings their respected regions. A win here will help post-season aspirations for either program.
Clark Montessori at North College Hill
Both schools have wide open offenses with big-time playmakers. If North College Hill (6-0, 2-0) can contain Al Upshaw it will be a long night for Clark Montessori (5-1, 1-1). This the tough part of the schedule for the Cougars, who finish with NCH, CHCA and SCD over the next four weeks. Look for Trojans Jelan Render to be the x-factor. He has 1,302 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns on 61 touches.
Written by: Greg Shoemaker, TriStateFootball.com