Game of the Week: Howland at Harding, 10/28

2016 High School Football Game of the Week
Friday, October 28, 2016 on Fox Tape Delay at 11 pm (Replay on Saturday at 9 am on MyYTV)
Week 10: Howland (7-2) at Warren Harding (8-1)

Last Five Meetings
October 30, 2015 – Harding, 41-7
September 5, 2014 – Howland by fft
September 6, 2013 – – Harding, 21-16
August 31, 2012 – Harding, 34-0
September 9, 2011 – Howland, 16-15

Series Note: This is the 7th meeting (2009-16) since the series was revived in 2009.

Last Meeting: The Raiders fell behind early on a Tyriq Ellis touchdown run (7-0) before rolling up 41 unanswered points to take a 41-7 win over Howland and clinch a playoff berth in the process. Harding’s quarterback Lynn Bowden was able to run for 233 yards and score three times. The Raider defense held Howland to just 145 yards of total offense. Ellis gained 121 yards on 26 carries.

Game Notes: Since dropping their home opener to Green (37-20) on the second day of September, the Tigers have posted seven straight victories which has included four shutouts.

Last week, the defense pitched a shutout of Canfield, 21-0, as they held the Cardinals to 191 yards. Tyriq Wllis gained 134 yards on 30 carries (2 TDs) in the Tiger win.

Ellis, a senior, has rushed for over 100-yards in four of his last five games. He’s scored 8 rushing touchdowns over the course of the last three weeks. Quarterback Samari Dean has completed 24 of 32 passes (75.0%) within the last four weeks. Eighteen of those 24 completions were made to Stephen Baugh and Victor Williams.

Harding has scored at least 34 points in each game this season. The Raiders’ defense has held their opponents to an average of 8.5 points in their eight wins this year.

Just this past week, statistically-speaking, the Raiders were at their best holding East to zero points (49-0) and the Panther offense was only able to gain 85 yards of offense.

Last year, Lynn Bowden gained over 100-yards in 9 of 12 games. This year, he’s already topped the 100-yard mark in 7 times. Desmon Douglas has averaged just 6 carries over the last five weeks but has gained 243 yards (49 yards per game) in that time span and scored 1 touchdown in each of last four contests.

Harding is clinched a berth into week eleven while Howland controls their own destiny in Division III.

2016 Rankings
Points Scored: Harding, 40.2; Howland, 30.7
Points Allowed: Harding, 11.4; Howland, 15.8
Total Yardage: Harding, 330.1; Howland, 293.6

Howland: Dominic Menendez, 4th season (24-15)
Harding: Steve Arnold, 5th season (31-20)