By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
Week 3 of the high school football season will be the first of the season that features every school in Portage County back in the classrooms.
Field, Rootstown, Southeast and Waterloo all began classes this past week, waiting for the conclusion of the Portage County Randolph Fair.
For many programs, Week 3 marks the final week of non-league games before beginning matchups within league play in Week 4.
High school football is not easy.
Because of that, it is not for everyone.
By playing football, you inherently must be ready to embrace the toughness.
It is tough to hit.
It is tough to be hit.
It is tough to block.
It is tough to do all of those against bigger players.
It is tough to wake up regularly on summer mornings and put in the work.
It is tough to find time to self-led independent workouts.
It is tough to do it in the 90-plus degree weather.
It is tough to all of those when you know some of your closest friends are sleeping in.
It is tough to know that they could be somewhere swimming.
Run toward what was tough.
It will prepare you for your life after graduation, when life gets tough.
And you will be ready.
West Geauga at Aurora
Chippewa at Crestwood
Rootstown at Field
Normandy at Garfield
Lakewood at Kent Roosevelt
Mogadore at Dalton
Ravenna at Revere
Southeast at Champion
Alliance at Streetsboro
Lisbon David Anderson at Waterloo
It will be a beautiful night for football.
At kickoff, the temperature will be 70 degrees with no rain in the sky.
By the fourth quarter, it will drop a little bit closer to 65 degrees, but still no rain.
Updated leaders can be found here.
Warren JFK 1-1
St. Thomas Aquinas 0-2
Cuyahoga Falls 1-1
Kent Roosevelt 1-1
Campbell Memorial 1-1
Newton Falls 1-1
Mineral Ridge 2-0
Western Reserve 1-1
New Middletown Springfield 1-1
Painesville Harvey 0-2
Grand Valley 0-2
Pymatuning Valley 1-1
St. John School 0-2
(Friday, Sept. 8, 2023)
Revere at Aurora
Crestwood at Wickliffe
Field at Springfield
Garfield at LaBrae
Cuyahoga Falls at Kent Roosevelt
Cloverleaf at Ravenna
Pymatuning Valley at Rootstown
Akron North at Southeast
Norton at Streetsboro
Waterloo at New Middletown Springfield
Windham at Tuscarawas Central Catholic
(Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023)
Mogadore at Newark Catholic