Game of the Week: Niles at Howland, 10/13

High School Football Game of the Week Niles Red Dragons vs Howland Tigers

2016 High School Football Game of the Week
Thursday, October 13, 2016 on MyYTV at 11 pm (No Replay)
Week 8: Niles (3-4) at Howland (5-2)

Last Five Meetings
October 15, 2015 – Howland, 37-20
October 31, 2014 – Howland, 36-0
October 18, 2013 – Niles, 50-20
October 12, 2012 – Niles, 17-10
October 14, 2011 – Howland, 41-14

Series Note: In their last 9 meetings, Howland has posted a 7-2 mark against the Red Dragons. In those 7 victories, Howland has held Niles to an average of 7 points per game. However, from 1996 to 2006, Niles knocked off Howland in each season but one (2003: 29-0) as they compiled a 10-1 record against their rivals.

Last Meeting: Tyriq Ellis ran for 202 yards on 28 totes as Howland defeated Niles 37-20. Ellis scored 3 touchdowns on the ground and added a catch (13 yards) to his day. Jake Lester connected with Victor Williams on 4 pass plays for 102 yards. For the Red Dragons, Tyler Srbinovich recorded a 200-yard passing day (226) while completing 7 passes to Marlon Pearson.

Game Notes: The Red Dragons are reeling from a last-second loss to Canfield on Friday to extend their losing streak to three-games. Niles led 21-14 with less than two minutes to play to only allow 9 unanswered points to be scored by the Cardinals to stun the Red Dragon faithful (23-21). Of the Dragons’ 4 losses, three were decided by a total of 6 points.

Niles holds a 2-1 record away from Bo Rein Stadium this season. Prior history on the road wasn’t so kind to the Red Dragons as they were only able to come away with two victories in their previous eight tries.

Howland opened the 2016 campaign with an 0-2 mark and allowing an average of 34 points per game. Since then, the Tigers have registered 5 straight wins and have permitted just an average of 8.4 points.

The Tigers enter this week’s matchup winners of their last four home games. In their last two meetings with Niles, Howland has gained a total of 601 rushing yards.

During their five-game win streak, Samari Dean has completed 21 passes (60%) for 467 yards and 6 touchdown tosses without an interception. During that same stretch, Tyriq Ellis has accumulated 7 touchdown runs and 550 yards on the ground. Throughout the season, Victor Williams has gained over 700-yards of total offense (703) and has finished 5 of his 7 games with an average yard per catch of over 20 yards.

2016 Rankings
Points Scored: Howland, 28.4; Niles, 24.4
Points Allowed: Howland, 15.7; Niles, 23.3

AAC Red Tier Standings
Howland – 2-0 (5-2)
Canfield – 1-0 (5-2)
Poland – 2-1 (4-3)
Niles – 1-2 (3-4)
East – 0-3 (1-6)

Howland: Dominic Menendez, 4th season (22-15)
Niles: Brian Shaner, 5th season (20-28)

Upcoming Schedule
Oct. 21 – at Canfield (5-2)
Oct. 28 – at Harding (7-0)

Oct. 21 – Jefferson (3-4)
Oct. 28 – at Edgewood (1-6)