Game of the Week: Fitch at Harding, 9/18

2015 High School Football Game of the Week
September 18, 2015 at 10 pm (tape delay)
Week 4 – Fitch (2-1) at Harding (3-0)

Series History
Fitch leads the series, 7-6. The Falcons took their first six meetings (1980-85). Prior to the Falcons’ current four-game win streak, they fell nine times in a row to the Raiders. In their last four outings against Harding, the Falcons posted a total of 149 points.

Past Meetings
Aug. 29, 2014 – Fitch, 49-14
Aug. 30, 2013 – Fitch, 48-0
Aug. 24, 2012 – Fitch, 24-10
Aug. 26, 2011 – Fitch, 28-7
Oct. 24, 2003 – Harding, 26-14

Last Meeting
…Antwan Harris gained 121 yards on the ground and threw for another 94 while completing 8 of 11 in Fitch’s 49-14 week one win over Harding one year ago.

Game Notes
In their last two meetings, Fitch has averaged 315 yards rushing against Harding.

Since dropping their season opener to Hudson (30-8), the Falcons have run off two straight wins by a combined score of 57-28.

Fitch has won 9 of their last 10 games away from home.

The Raiders have scored 35 points or more in their first three outings.

Harding has posted a 4-1 record at home over their last five contests at Mollenkopf Stadium.

Harding is seeking their first 4-0 start since 2004 (5-0).

Statistical Breakdown
Points Scored: Harding, 39.3; Fitch, 21.7
Points Allowed: Fitch, 19.3; Harding, 22.7

All-American Conference’s Gold Division
Warren Harding, 3-0 (0-0)
Fitch, 2-1 (0-0)
Boardman, 1-2 (0-0)
Lakeside, 1-2 (0-0)

Coaches
Fitch: Phil Annarella, 35th season (222-131-3)
Harding: Steve Arnold, 4th season (18-15)

Upcoming Schedule
Fitch
Week 5: East (1-2)
Week 6: Massillon (1-2)
Week 7: at Lakeside* (1-2)

Harding
Week 5: Ursuline (1-2)
Week 6: Lakeside* (1-2)
Week 7: Boardman* (1-2)

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