Football fans wanting to witness a good, old-fashioned neighborhood rivalry game should plan on heading to Bay Memorial Stadium Friday night when the host Rockets take on Rocky River at 7 p.m.
Both teams are having fine seasons and enter the game with 5-3 records. A lot is on the line as the two teams also have OHSAA playoff hopes at stake as the regular season winds down to the final two weekends.
Bay is ranked 6th in Div. IV Region 11, while Rocky River is ranked 9th in Div. III’s Region 8. Valuable computer points hang in the balance this weekend. The top 8 in each region will qualify for the playoffs.
Bay notched an impressive win at North Ridgeville last Friday, 34-19, as Nick Best led the Rockets with three touchdown runs. Quarterback John Koz also ran for a TD and threw for another, connecting with Rex Sunahara. The Bay defense did a great job of containing Ridgeville star running back Damario McCall, who erupted for two TDs in the first half but was neutralized after the intermission.
Rocky River hosted Avon and lost, 63-35, in a wild offensive show. High scoring games are the norm for River as the Pirates like to show a spread offense that gives talented quarterback Matt Lowry lots of open space to either pass or throw. He was 15-23 for 287 yards passing against Avon and also ran for 180 yards, including a TD run of 62 yards.
High school football in the area is solid this year. Bay will mix it up with anybody and River is explosive. Both are good, solid teams in a league of good teams – the West Shore Conference. With Midview (8-0) leading the way after a win over perennial champ Avon (7-1) in September, the West Shore Conference is a strong league with talented eams from top to bottom this season. Playoff spots will be hotly contested these last two weeks of the regular season. Fans wanting to see a great game should get to Bay Stadium Friday night.