Weekend Watch: Ohio DIII

McNicholas knocked off Roger Bacon 21-14 on October 8 to secure the GCL Central title. The Rockets defense came up with four turnovers in that game and will play a big factor in the rematch. The Spartans started the year 5-0, but have managed only three wins over their last six games.

Elsewhere, Eaton looks to continue its bid for a perfect season. If they are going to do so they must take down the top-seeded team in the Region, Shawnee.

It promises to be an exciting Saturday of football action. We look ahead to this week's Division III playoff action of local interest in Ohio.

Division III, Region 12
Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

#3 Roger Bacon (8-3) vs. #2 McNicholas (9-2)
This is a rematch of a Week 7 that McNicholas dominated in a 21-14 win. The Rockets held the ball for 20 more minutes than Roger Bacon did, had 281 yards rushing and forced four turnovers that Thursday evening. That dreadful performance is one the Spartans would just as soon forget. McNick comes into the contest allowing just 229 yards and 15 points per game. The affair features the GCL Central Co-Athletes of the year with Rob Rice of McNicholas and Mike Jackson of Roger Bacon. Keep an eye on Spartans' tailback Dalen Wess who had his first 17 varsity carries for 99 yards last week. He needs to have another big outing for his team to make a run at a victory.

#4 Eaton (11-0) vs. #1 Shawnee (10-1)
Last season Shawnee went into the playoffs as the #8 seed only to see their fairy tale season end with a seven point loss to Wyoming in the Region 12, Regional finals. This year the Braves are now the hunted instead of the hunters. That is a precarious position to be in against an Eaton squad that has seen its defense hold 10 of their 11 foes to seven points or fewer. Shawnee has shown that they can be scored upon and as good as the Eagles are defensively their greatest weapon is on offense in quarterback Cole French. The junior seems to excel in big-game situations and Saturday night won't be any different. Quarterback Brad Jazrab and Brad MacLeod were named the CBC Athletes of the Year for Shawnee.