DUNCAN FALLS, Ohio – Two teams who are still alive in the race for the playoffs go head-to-head at Sam Hatifield Stadium this Friday.
Both Philo and Maysville are 5-2 on the season. Neither the Electrics or Panthers can afford to lose a game if they want to make it to week 11.
However, Electric head coach Dirk Lincicome is trying to take it just one game at a time.
“This game with Maysville is the most important one on our schedule because it’s the next one on our schedule. Obviously it’s a big one. Two good teams are going go at it Friday night. Maysville has had a great season. They’re very well coached,” said Philo head coach Dirk Lincicome.
The Electrics have won two straight over Maysville, including a 27-7 victory last year on their way to the playoffs. The Panthers are hoping to get to the post season for the first time since 2014.
As far as the computer rankings go Philo would be in if the season ended after week seven. They are currently in seventh in DIV’s region 15. The top eight teams in each region make the post season. Maysville is outside of the top eight in Division III’s region 11.
“The computer points take care of themselves if you win the big games and we’ve got to win the big games. We haven’t been successful against two of the winning programs (Sheridan and John Glenn). We’ve got to turn it around this week,” said Maysville head coach Craig Clarke.
The match up will feature one of the area’s top rushing offenses against one of the best rush defenses. Maysville’s offense is averaging 272 yards on the ground per game, second best in the MVL. Meanwhile the Philo “D” has only surrendered three rushing touchdowns all year, two of them coming last week to Coshocton.
Friday’s game is our Z92 Radio game of the week. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and pre game coverage starts at 6:30 p.m.
Other Key Friday Night Games:
-The MVL’s top scoring defenses go head to head in Dresden. John Glenn’s defense has only surrendered 9.7 points per game. The Scotties are averaging just 10.5 points per game allowed. If TV wins they’ll remain as the only team without a conference loss. If John Glenn can get the road win then they and Tri-Valley will be tied for first place in the Muskingum Valley League.
-Licking Valley is now the only undefeated team in our coverage area. The 7-0 Panthers put their undefeated record on the line when they host 2-5 Newark Catholic.
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