St. Paul and Western Reserve both won Firelands Conference games Friday, setting up a key showdown next week.
Both teams are 2-0.
The Roughriders downed Monroeville 21-14, while the Flyers topped South Central 31-6.
Western Reserve held on to defeat the Monroeville Eagles, as the Eagles’ final pass attempt from the Rider 10-yard line fell incomplete as time expired, allowing Western to escape with the victory.
Western senior Willie Roth, who re-sprained his ankle in the second half, finished with 98 yards rushing on nine attempts and also returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a TD.
Monroeville quarterback Mitchell Ott finished the night 13-of-37 passing for 237 yards, with a TD and interception for the Eagles.
Meanwhile, St. Paul received 160 yards on 19 carries from Michael Griffin, while Devin Smith rushed for 140 on 19 tries.
The victory also gives Flyer mentor John Livengood a 22-0 record over the Trojans in his career at St. Paul.
Jacob Carney passed for 123 yards on eight of 26 numbers for South Central.
Plymouth 40, Mapleton 14
Austin Durbin and Hunter Bailey each rushed for more than100 yards (Durbin 103 and Bailey 101) in Plymouth’s win.
The Big Red scored 20 points in the third quarter to aid in the victory.
New London 26, Crestview 21
New London improved to 3-2 on the season and to 2-0 in the Firelands Conference with the win.
New London jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead as junior Nick Thomas scored on runs of 26 and 7 yards.
Thomas ran for 113 yards on just 10 carries.
Josh Hamilton completed 8-of-13 passes for 129 yards.
Read more in Saturday's Norwalk Reflector and Sandusky Register.