10/10/18 – The BIG Z Sports BIG 5 Area Teams

Here, the BIG Z Sports team collaborates and comes up with what they determine are the BIG 5 area football teams.

*Rankings NOT based on a who may beat who scenario, or division (big school, small school). Simply put, the BIG 5 area teams.*

1. Garaway Pirates – 7-0 (2-0) – Key wins: Week 2 vs River View 42-3: Week 3 @ Danville 29-28 OT: Week 7 vs Ridgewood 27-21. *@ #2 Indian Valley Week 8.

2. Indian Valley – 6-1 (1-1) – Key wins: Week 3 @ Manchester 48-20: Week 4 @ Sandy Valley 42-28. Key loss: Week 6 @ Ridgewood 34-22 *Ended Braves 17 game regular season winning streak. *vs #1 Garaway Week 8.

3. Ridgewood Generals – 6-1 (1-1) – Key wins: Week 3 @ Coshocton 34-20: Week 4 @ East Canton 14-7: Week 6 vs Indian Valley 34-22 (ended Braves 17 game regular season winning streak). Key loss: Week 7 @ Garaway 27-21.

4. Sandy Valley – 6-1 (2-0) – Key wins: Week 1 vs Fairless 42-13: Week 3 vs Tusky Valley 50-29. Key loss: Week 4 vs Indian Valley 42-28. *Winners of 3 consecutive road games @ Claymont, TCC, & Strasburg. Outscored those opponents by a combined 141-23.

5. Dover Tornadoes – 5-2 (1-0) – Key wins: Week 3 vs Wooster 49-21: Week 4 vs Akron East 24-20: Week 7 vs Cambridge 52-0. Key losses: Week 2 @ Lake 41-21: Week 6 @ Steubenville 35-13.

Others receiving votes

Tusky Valley Trojans – 4-3 (2-0) – Key wins: Week 4 @ Strasburg 31-7. Key losses: Week 3 @ Sandy Valley 50-29: Week 5 vs East Canton 18-17. *Winners of 3 out of their last 4 games by a combined score of 130-43.

West Holmes Knights – 5-2 (2-2) – Key wins: Week 3 @ Bellevue 31-27: Week 4 vs Mansfield Sr. 35-20. Key loss: Week 6 @ Wooster 47-20: Week 7 @ Lexington 34-33. *Lost two consecutive games.

New Philadelphia – 3-4 (1-0) – Key wins: Week 3 @ Northwest 21-20: Week 5 vs Canton Central Catholic 38-21. Key losses: Week 1 vs Cincinnati Turpin 34-14: Week 2 @ Ravenna 21-10: Week 4 @ Columbus St. Charles 41-21: Week 7 vs Steubenville 56-39.

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