Jackson at Wellston

Jackson’s Tristan Prater stares down Wellston’s defender after scoring on a 19-yard touchdown catch earlier this season. Prater and the No. 3 seeded Ironmen host No. 6 seeded Centennial on Friday at Alumni Stadium.

Note: This sports recap appears in the Wednesday, Nov. 6 newspaper on Page B5.

No. 6 seed Centennial (9-1) at No. 3 seed Jackson (10-0)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Three players to watch: Jackson — RB Jayden Spires, WR Tristan Prater, WR Jacob Winters; Centennial — QB Jaylen Gilbert, RB Luchene Davis, WR Syquee Womack

Preview: On paper, this looks like a complete mismatch. Centennial has only 26 players on its roster. Not because its been snake-bitten with injuries, that’s just how many its had all season. While numbers that low and considering how Jackson plays, it could be a long night for the Stars. Jackson wears teams down with long, run heavy drives that take a toll on you throughout the game. There’s no sign of the Ironmen changing their style of play, they are 10-0 after all. Centennial has only played one school that made the playoffs, which was a 21-20 loss to Division VI’s Grandview Heights, who are a No. 7 seed in their region. Centennial better figure out a way to control time of possession. If not, this might get ugly.

No. 8 seed Wellston (7-3) at No. 1 seed Ironton (9-1)

Saturday, 7 p.m.

Three players to watch: Wellston — QB R.J. Kemp, RB Rylan Molihan, WR Hunter Smith; Ironton — QB Gage Salyers, RB Reid Carrico, WR Trent Hacker

Preview: It’s an old rivalry being restored for one night. The last time these two teams met was 1981 when they were in the SEOAL before Wellston left for the TVC. That last matchup ended with a 54-19 Tiger victory, which always gave Ironton a 19-4-1 series lead. Wellston is playing with house money as a No. 8 seed. Ironton features two Division I commits in quarterback/safety Gage Salyers (Youngstown State) and running back/linebacker Reid Carrico (Ohio State), who have ran through teams left and right. For Wellston to pull what could be considered the biggest win in school history, it can’t put the ball on the ground and has to control the clock. They proved they can hang with tough opponents like Jackson and bottled up Ohio University commit Keegan Wilburn at Nelsonville-York. Throw everything and the kitchen sink at the Tigers, anything can happen.

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