10/31/18 – 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.*

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So, without further adieu..The BIG Z Sports BIG 5

1. Indian Valley Braves – 9-1 (4-1) – Key wins: Week 3 @ Manchester 48-20: Week 4 @ Sandy Valley 42-28: Week 8 vs Garaway 44-20: Week 9 vs Tusky Valley 55-14: Week 10 @ Claymont 52-6. Key loss: Week 6 @ Ridgewood 34-22 *ended Braves 17 game regular season winning streak*

2. Sandy Valley Cardinals – 9-1 (5-0) – Key wins: Week 1 vs Fairless 42-13: Week 3 vs Tusky Valley 50-29: Week 8 vs East Canton 21-14: Week 9 vs Buckeye Trail 47-18 *Claimed first IVC North title in 62 years. Key loss: Week 4 vs Indian Valley 42-28. *Undefeated on the road this season. Outscored last 5 opponents by a combined total of 250-61*

3. Dover Tornadoes – 8-2 (4-0) – Key wins: Week 3 vs Wooster 49-21: Week 4 vs Akron East 24-20: Week 7 vs Cambridge 52-0: Week 8 vs Zanesville 37-7: Week 9 @ Marietta 49-7: Week 10 @ New Philadelphia 35-0. Key losses: Week 2 @ Lake 41-21: Week 6 @ Steubenville 35-13. *Winners of 6 out of their last 7 games, outscoring opponents 301 to 98.*

4. Ridgewood Generals – 9-1 (3-1) – 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.*: Week 8 vs Tusky Valley 35-21: Week 10 @ Newcomerstown 48-14. Key loss: Week 7 @ Garaway 27-21. *Outright IVC South Champs*

5. West Holmes Knights – 8-2 (5-2) – Key wins: Week 3 @ Bellevue 31-27: Week 4 vs Mansfield Sr. 35-20: Week 8 vs West Branch 30-8: Week 9 vs Ashland 56-49 2 OT’s. Key loss: Week 6 @ Wooster 47-20: Week 7 @ Lexington 34-33. *Undefeated at home this season at 5-0.*

Others receiving votes

Garaway Pirates – 8-2 (3-2) – Key wins: Week 2 vs River View 42-3: Week 3 @ Danville 29-28 OT: Week 7 vs Ridgewood 27-21. Key losses: Week 8 @ Indian Valley 44-20: Week 10 @ Tusky Valley 13-9. *Defense has recorded 4 shutouts in their last 7 games*

TCC Saints – 5-5 (3-2) – Key Wins: Week 8 vs Buckeye Trail 20-13: Week 9 vs Malvern 33-12: Week 10 @ Strasburg 32-22. Key Losses: Week 4 vs Garaway 48-0: Week 6 vs Sandy Valley 44-7: Week 7 @ East Canton 35-10. *Winners of 4 out of their last 6.*

Tusky Valley Trojans – 5-5 (3-2) – Key wins: Week 4 @ Strasburg 31-7: Week 7 vs Claymont 35-12: Week 10 vs Garaway 13-9. Key losses: Week 3 @ Sandy Valley 50-29: Week 5 vs East Canton 18-17: Week 8 @ Ridgewood 35-21: Week 9 @ Indian Valley 55-14.

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