Friday Night Ohio


TIME:  7:30 p.m., Friday

SITE:  Lake Blue Streak Stadium

RECORDS:  Boardman 2-1; Lake 3-0, 1-0

LAST WEEK:  Boardman 14, Hoban 10; Lake 21, McKinley 14

LAST MEETING:  Lake won, 34-27, last year.

WHAT TO WATCH:  How does Lake make up for the loss of RB-DB Jim Luther, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury? Junior Jarrod Daugherty, who starts at linebacker, filled in at running back for Luther late in last week’s win versus McKinley and ran six straight times for 24 yards. He will need to be spelled at linebacker if he’s getting the majority of the carries. The Lake defense, coming off a tremendous performance against McKinley, might have to carry the load with Luther out. DL Jarrod Wendorff was in on 15 tackles against McKinley. Lake QB Jon Spohn has been solid, connecting on 13 of 22 passes for 318 yards and no picks. He might take on a larger role now. Lake is in a difficult spot facing a big, strong Boardman team just six days after last week’s hard-hitting game with McKinley. Lake head coach Jeff Durbin used “rugged” several times to describe the Spartans, especially their defensive front eight. Boardman free safety Dayne Hammond’s 39-yard fumble return for a TD was the deciding score in last week’s win. “I think he’s more athletic and talented than his older brother,” Durbin said, referring to Chase Hammond, who now plays for Wisconsin. The 6-5 Dayne Hammond also is the main target in the Boardman passing game. Boardman’s offense has been quiet the past two weeks versus Mooney and Hoban, especially on the ground. Speedy RB Nick Buonavolonta, who has been featured in the Wildcat formation at times, rushed for 914 yards last year. He went down with a leg injury last week, and his status for this week is uncertain. Senior Trae Robinson and junior Ryan Pollifrone both could see time at quarterback for the Spartans.

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