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Written by: TC Jones on Thursday, November 4th, 2021
In Class A, all signs are pointing to a rematch between undefeated Cochranton (7-0) and Eisenhower (7-2). Both schools feature outstanding running backs. Cochranton’s Jack Martinek now holds the all-time rushing record for the Cardinals, while Benji Bauer for Eisenhower is a bruising type back who picks up big yardage after contact.
But both Cochranton and Eisenhower face challenges this week and will have to bring their best play if they want to make the title game. Cochranton faces a tough Maplewood team that has shown flashes. And Eisenhower matches up with a Reynolds team that has shown that they can play with anyone in Class A on the right night.
Class AA gives District 10 its best chance to bring home a state title. The Farrell Steelers have dominated everyone on its schedule, including an impressive 48-21 win over a solid Ft. LeBoeuf team last week.
Though Farrell is the clear favorite, the best matchup in Class AA is probably Friday’s game between Northwestern and Wilmington. Northwestern is undefeated, and Wilmington’s losses have come against excellent competition — Farrell and Liberty Benton (OH).
Class AAA is probably the most wide-open class in District 10. Every team in the bracket can make a case for winning the District. Slippery Rock has been the most consistent, but Ft. LeBoeuf has played a difficult schedule which may have made the team the most prepared for a playoff run.
Grove City, Hickory, Sharon, and Farview all have legitimate shots at the title as well. Of those four, Grove City’s explosive offense poses the biggest threat for opposing defenses.
Meadville is the clear favorite in Class AAAA. The Bulldogs take on Harbor Creek this Saturday — a team which Meadville already beat 40-7 earlier in the season. The other two teams in the bracket — Warren and General McLane — both lost to Meadville in the regular season 41-0 and 47-7 respectively.
District 10 only has one team in Class AAAAA. That means Erie Cathedral Prep will play in a subregional bracket, combining teams from District 8 and 6. Prep is a dark-horse team to bring back a state title to District 10. The Rambler’s only loss was to cross-town rival McDowell 31-12.
In another class holding limited representation in District 10, McDowell will face Butler in the Class AAAAAA title game. Look for McDowell to win big as the Trojans beat Butler by 17 earlier in the season.
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