SOLON, Ohio — It may be Ohio high school football's deepest playoff region, and 3News will showcase it on Friday night.
The Division III, Region 9 semifinal matchup between the Chardon Hilltoppers and the Streetsboro Rockets will be featured as the next WKYC.com High School Football Game of the Week. The showdown will take place at Stewart Field in Solon, a neutral site.
Second-seeded Streetsboro is in the playoffs for the first time in seven years following an unbeaten season and a Portage Trail Conference Metro Division Championship. The Rockets flew past most of their competition this year before sneaking by No. 7 St. Vincent-St. Mary in the first round for their first postseason victory in school history. The offense is averaging 44 points per game, and the defense is led by junior tackle and Ohio State target Mike Hall.
For No. 6 Chardon, the playoffs are a familiar spot, and the pride of Geauga County earned this year's bid with an 8-2 record and a share of the Western Reserve Conference crown. The Hilltoppers upset third-seeded Dover in the opening round, and are led by versatile runner Joey Trivisonno.
Dave "Dino" DeNatale and Dennis Manoloff will call the game live via audio stream Friday night starting at roughly 6:50 p.m., and you can listen to them on WKYC.com, the 3News app, and the 3News Facebook and YouTube pages. In addition, 3News will feature video highlights on that night's edition of What's Next at 11 p.m. as well as online.
Check out Dino's and Tyler Carey's preview of the game in the player below: