YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – After 14 weeks of the high school football season, just three teams remain in contention for a state championship, with one of the teams already punching its ticket for the crown.
In Ohio, Warren JFK remains the only local team left alive after defeating Harvest Prep 48-7 Saturday night in New Philadelphia.
It was the Eagles defense answering the call yet again, holding a team that has averaged over 50 points in 10 wins this year to just seven points. That was more than enough, thanks to the offense that opened the game by scoring 27 points in the first quarter.
Now, JFK sets its sights on Minster in the Division VII State Championship next Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m.
The Wildcats have faced two teams in the regular season that are playing for a state title. In September, Minster fell to Marion Local, which is playing in the Division VI title game, and in October, Minster topped Coldwater, playing in the Division V final.
In Pennsylvania, two teams will be playing in Western Finals hoping to punch their tickets to Hershey.
In Class A, Farrell is back in the Western Final for the second-straight season. They take on WPIAL power Clairton, back in the Western Final after missing out last season.
The game is scheduled for Friday at Slippery Rock University, with kickoff at 7 p.m.
The same evening, Wilmington will be looking to advance to the state title game for the first time since 2008. The Hounds also draw a WPIAL foe in undefeated Steel Valley.
The Ironmen have put the mercy rule on each opponent this season and are averaging over 54 points per game.
Wilmington will look to slow that offense down Friday night at North Allegheny High School, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.