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Wizard: Matchups of 3-0 teams highlight week four of prep football season


The one bad thing about Ohio Heritage Conference play beginning tonight is at least one of the league’s four unbeaten teams is going to lose.

West Liberty-Salem is used to 3-0 starts. It hasn’t lost a non-conference regular-season game since the first game of the 2005 season against Benjamin Logan. This is Triad’s first 3-0 start since 2008.

But the surprising 3-0 teams are Cedarville and Greeneview. Cedarville is off to its first 3-0 start since 2001. Greeneview has won three games in a whole season only twice (2001 and 2012) since the birth of the OHC in 2001.

That’s what makes tonight’s game so special. Greeneview plays at Cedarville in a matchup of 3-0 teams. When was the last time that game could be considered one of the top games of the week?

The picks

Greeneview at Cedarville: The Rams won 23-8 last season and 14-0 two years ago. Cedarville’s last win in the series came in 2010, 45-24 in Jamestown.

Quarterback Chance Frye leads Greeneview with six touchdown passes and five touchdown runs. He’s completing 68 percent of his passes (27-of-4o). The Rams are ranked fifth in Division V, Region 18, according to JoeEitel.com.

Cedarville, ranked third in Division VII, Region 26, has outscored its three opponents 98-38. Pick: Cedarville 35, Greeneview 34.

Shawnee at Northwestern: This is another game you wouldn’t expect to be considered one of the top games in the first half of the season because the Braves have won the last three games in the series by a 154-0 margin. But both teams are 3-0.

“I feel our kids have earned the right to play in a big game against an opponent like Shawnee,” Northwestern coach Seth Whiting said. “Obviously, we’re going to be looked at as an underdog, which is fine. Coach (Rick) Meeks has done an awesome job (at Shawnee). I’m excited to get a chance to play against them.”

Pick: Shawnee 35, Northwestern 21.

Tecumseh at Urbana: The Hillclimbers won 42-21 last season to end a four-game losing streak in the series. This is the Arrows’ worst start to a season since they began 0-4 in 2004. Pick: Urbana 40, Tecumseh 15.

Other games: Triad 32, Northeastern 18; Southeastern 21, Mechanicsburg 20; West Liberty-Salem 48, Catholic Central 7; Kenton Ridge 35, Greenon 6; Troy 20, Springfield 10; Stebbins 41, Graham 7; Ohio State 62, Florida A&M 6; Shepherd 30, Urbana University 21; Wittenberg 38, DePauw 16; Packers 28, Bengals 20; Vikings 31, Browns 7;

Wizard winner: Jim Jordan, of Springfield, won the contest in week three by missing only one game. Tony Mendenhall, of Springfield, also missed one game.

Jordan won the tiebreaker by guessing 48 points in the Northwestern-Catholic Central game. He got it exactly right. The Warriors won 42-6. Mendenhall guess 34 points.

The Wizard missed three games: Madison Plains over Southeastern; Northeastern over Dixie; and Ohio State over California.


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