A preview of every week 3 local soccer game:
Game of the Week: Triway (1-1) at Waynedale (1-1)
Triway and Waynedale football have had periods of great success. For the Titans, it was in the late 2000s and early 2010s that the Carmichael brothers set passing records. Meanwhile, the Golden Bears hit their peak in the ’90s, winning the WCAL five times in seven years to go with two state semifinal trips.
Both programs proved close to that kind of success last season when Triway won a share of the PAC-7 title and Waynedale finished .500 and defeated a higher seed in the playoffs. While both teams are replacing some big pieces from a year ago, they hope to build on those seasons and perhaps launch into new golden eras sooner rather than later.
In the past week: Trivia 26, Marengo Highland 14; Garaway 33, Waynedale 3
Players to know: QB/DB Zack Miller, Triway; OL/LB Luke Belcher, Triway; WR/DB Timmy Short, Waynedale
What to expect: Both teams have taken hits from heavyweights during the opening weeks of the season, Triway facing West Holmes in Week 1 and Waynedale facing Garaway in Week 2. The Titans showed their ability to learn from loss, scoring 20 unanswered points to beat Highland in last place. week. Waynedale’s offense will look to bounce back after failing to score a touchdown in Week 2. The Titans have won five straight in the annual non-conference series, with Waynedale’s last win coming in 2015.
Dalton (2-0) at Garaway (2-0)
In the past week: Dalton 48, Tuslaw 0; Garaway 33, Waynedale 3
Players to know: RB/LB Greyson Siders, Dalton; OL/DL Quentin Lehman, Dalton; QB Logan Yoder, Garaway
What to expect: Garaway came to Dalton last year and handed the Bulldogs their only loss of the regular season. The Pirates may be even better this year, with key players returning all over the field. After facing two programs that will likely be on the cusp of playoff contention at best, the Bulldogs get a surefire playoff team that should contend for a regional title in Garaway. It will be a good test for two teams with great aspirations.
New Philadelphia (1-1) at Wooster (1-1)
In the past week: Steubenville 20, New Philadelphia 0; Wadsworth 49, Wooster 21
Players to know: DL Konnor Tetzloff, New Philadelphia; LB/RB Michael Howman-Williams, Wooster; WR/LB Bronson Morgan, Wooster
What to expect: A week after giving up 49 points to Wadsworth, Wooster’s defense will come out with something to prove. The Quakers, who will be making their football debut in the OCC, haven’t shown much offensive power in two weeks, scoring just one touchdown all season. Wooster will be looking to avoid getting into a negative game script early, as he did against Wadsworth with a 28-0 first-half deficit, and will play his game of consistent defense and methodical offense in a variety of different looks.
Licking Valley (1-1) at West Holmes (2-0)
In the past week: Licking Valley 28, Heath 15; West Holmes 51, Orrville 14
Players to know: QB Hayden Rodgers, Licking Valley; QB Mason Wolfe, West Holmes; RB/DB Sam Williams-Dixon, West Holmes
What to expect: Licking Valley might be West Holmes’ toughest test yet, led by their dynamic QB Rodgers. He passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s win and rushed for 111 yards and two TDs in the Week 1 loss. However, if West Holmes realizes his full potential, he should go into Week 4 undefeated (already a big OCC showdown with Mansfield Senior). With teams focused on stopping college prospect Williams-Dixon, Wolfe has ripped through opposing defenses, completing 81% of his passes and throwing six touchdowns without an interception.
Norwayne (1-1) at Clyde (2-0)
In the past week: Canton Central Catholic 36, Norwayne 35; Clyde 20, Holy Name 17
Players to know: RB/DB Jake Gill, Norway; QB/DH Eli Stanley; WR Cole Schwochow, Clyde
What to expect: It’s been a roller coaster ride to start the season for Norwayne, who edged out Div. II Ashland in Week 1 before falling to a quality division. The VI Canton Central Catholic team on a late two-point conversion last week. A trip to the Clyde doesn’t make anything easier or more predictable for Week 3. The Div. III Fliers will likely be the deepest, strongest team the Bobcats have faced thus far, but they don’t appear to have a one-man wrecking crew. man like Central Catholic had in QB Jack Talkington.
Hillsdale (1-1) at Loudonville (1-1)
In the past week: Luke 14, Hillsdale 13; Loudonville 19, Utica 13
Players to know: RB/LB Braylen Jarvis, Hillsdale; WR/LB Jax Rogers, Hillsdale; WR/DB Zach Frankford, Loudonville
What to expect: This week’s matchup will give both teams a very different look than they did in Week 2. Hillsdale goes from facing double wing Lucas to the Loudonville spread and the Redbirds have to face a hungry Falcons team coming from a loss after earning a win over a struggling Utica program. . It seems unlikely that both teams will stay below 20 points for the second week in a row.
Columbia (2-0) at Northwest (2-0)
In the past week: Columbia 25, Vermillion 14; Northwest 29, Rio Negro 6
Players to know: RB/DB Marco Cirigliano, Colombia; QB Ethan Siders, Northwest; WR/DB Nolan Hartsel, Northwest
What to expect: Northwestern is off to an ideal start, but has yet to face an offensive weapon like Cirigliano. Columbia’s star running back has rushed for 422 yards and seven TDs in two games a year after rushing for 1,464 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore, including a big game during the Raiders’ win over the Huskies. However, this year’s matchup should be very different from last year’s 41-6 result. The Huskies have limited errors and have shown defensive potential during their two wins, with Siders leading an offense that can do a lot of different things.
Mapleton (2-0) at Rittman (2-0)
In the past week: Mapleton 36, Wellington 6; Rittman 40, Windham 22
Players to know: RB Lucas Pryor, Mapleton; RB/DB Artie Sonego, Rittman; OL/DL Tyler Thompson
What to expect: It’s been a dream start for both programs, as Mapleton started their season 2-0 for the first time since 1991 and Rittman has already matched his win total since 2021. A 3-0 start would mean a lot for either program, the who hope to build consistent success. Sonego has been a monster so far, rushing for 323 yards and three touchdowns (all 40 yards or more) in Rittman’s Week 2 win over Windham. If Sonego and the rest of the Indians’ running game can get back on track, another win is certainly possible.
Smithville (2-0) at Clearview (1-1)
In the past week: Smithville 63, Saint Thomas Aquinas 0; Scott 20, Clearview 14 (2OT)
Players to know: LB/TE Luke Raines, Smithville; RB/DB Gavin Copenhaver, Smithville; DL Greg O’Hern, Clearview
What to expect: Things couldn’t have gone much better for Smithville for two weeks as they outscored opponents 112-6. But it looks like it’s only going to get tougher from here, starting with Clearview and moving on to conference play. However, while Clearview should be more competitive than Aquinas and the Cleveland Central Catholic, it has only averaged 17 points through the first two weeks. Smithville heads into Week 3 with supreme confidence, with Copenhaver leading the area with six total touchdowns thus far.
Akron Springfield (1-1) at Orrville (0-2)
In the past week: Springfield 20, San Juan 0; West Holmes 51, Orrville 14
Players to know: RB Kayden Bolyard, Springfield; WR/DB Brant Besancon, Orrville; WR/DB Mason Woodruff, Orrville
What to expect: Arguably, Orrville endured the toughest start of any local team, going on the road to take on Div. II rival Wooster and Div. IV state title hopeful West Holmes. A Week 3 matchup with Springfield should be very different. The Spartans won for the first time since 2019 last week against St. John, a team that didn’t win in 2021. This is Orrville’s chance to find some consistency before the conference starts.
Tuslaw (1-1) at Tusky Valley (0-2)
In the past week: Dalton 48, Tuslaw 0; No Justice 40, Tusky Valley 7
Players to know: QB Troy Harbeitner, Tuslaw; WR/DB Landon Shirley, Tuslaw; WR/DB Beau Wolf, Tusky Valley
What to expect: A week after scoring 49 points in a double-overtime win, Tuslaw struggled to make it all work as Dalton limited the Mustangs to 99 total yards. Facing a Tusky Valley team that has given up several big plays in each of its first two losses should give Tuslaw’s offense a good chance to bounce back. After giving up a combined 96 points over two weeks, the ‘Stangs must make sure they keep Wolf in check. He went for 266 yards on 17 receptions in a 21-20 loss to Waynedale in Week 1.
Crestwood (1-1) at Chippewa (0-2)
In the past week: Crestwood 28, Minerva 0; Hawken 24, Chippewa 0
Players to know: LB/WR Noah Baker, Crestwood; LB/OL Sam Petit, Chippewa; RB/DB Isaiah Radebaugh
What to expect: Through two weeks, the Chipps scored only one touchdown, something they will seek to remedy. While they’ve given up 28 points a game so far, Chipps’ defense has been solid. They will be looking to make it a low score game and get a win before the WCAL game starts.