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WEEKEND OUTLOOK: More football games at night please

matt examiningsports

When it comes to sports, normally I embrace tradition.

I favor old ballparks, plain uniforms and baseball programs that still include a page where you can keep score.

But I have to say that I like the trend of night games in college football.

I was unable to attend Ohio State’s game against Nebraska last Saturday, but was told by people who were there that the atmosphere was electric. I was at the USC night game four years ago and the environment was better than any day game I’ve attended in the Horseshoe.

There is just something about a football game under lights. The fans get a full day to get geared up and the excitement level just feels a notch or two higher than a game in the afternoon.

Now on to this week’s football picks:

Shawnee over Bellefontaine

Bellefontaine’s football team could film its own version of “Hard Knocks” this fall.

The Chiefs have been besieged with injuries and three of their five losses have come by seven points or less.

Bellefontaine is trying to keep its head above water, but the Chiefs face a tough task tonight. The Braves have some talented holdovers from last year’s state-runner up squad. I expect the Chiefs to put up a battle, but they don’t have enough in the tank to pull off the upset. Shawnee 27, Bellefontaine 21.

WL-Salem over Mechanicsburg

There is already a serious buzz being generated for the Week 10 showdown between Triad and West Liberty-Salem.

Both teams have some other work left first, though. The Tigers face rival Mechanicsburg tonight and will get one step closer to a battle for the OHC title in the regular-season finale against the Cardinals. WL-Salem 38, M’burg 6.

Indian Lake over Greenon

Indian Lake has found its stride after a slow start.

The Lakers have reeled off three straight wins. A win over Greenon tonight will set up a matchup with Urbana next week that will likely hold league title implications. Indian Lake 28, Greenon 13.

Triad over Cedarville

Triad remains on a roll. The Cardinals are riding a 6-game winning streak as they square off against Cedarville tonight.

The Cardinals’ offense is clicking on all cylinders. That is not good news for the Indians. Triad 41, Cedarville 6.

Ben Logan over Graham

Overshadowed by the 41-20 final score were a lot of positive moments for Benjamin Logan against Urbana last week.

Despite suffering the loss, the Raiders continued to show improvement. They rushed for 309 yards against a strong Urbana defense. Jeremy Brisson turned in another impressive effort with 146 rushing yards.

Ben Logan faces a Graham team tonight that has been outscored 241-76 this season. Ben Logan 33, Graham 13.

Ft. Loramie over Riverside

Riverside has yet to taste victory against a sanctioned varsity opponent. Unfortunately for the Pirates, their wait is going to last at least another week.

Ft. Loramie has won five out of its last six games, including a 20-7 win over Muncie Southside of Indiana last week. Ft. Loramie 34, Riverside 14.

Fairfield Christian over Ridgemont

Ridgemont is trying to regroup after a 53-0 loss to Waynesfield-Goshen last week. The Gophers lost a couple of key players in that game and they face the challenge of slowing down Fairfield Christian running back Ben Tobin, who leads all Central Ohio rushers with 1,711 yards. Fairfield Christian 20, Ridgemont 7.

Around the horn

Ohio State humbles the Hoosiers, 38-14 ... LSU ends South Carolina’s unbeaten streak, 21-17 ... The Bengals dodge the Browns, 24-17.

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