Eagles (2-6) Pioneers (3-6)
The football team has a 2-6 record and has lost its last three games, but it still can make the Division IV, Region 13 playoffs if it wins Friday, Nov. 1, at Jonathan Alder and gets some help.
Watterson was projected to be 10th in the region's computer ratings that were to be released by the OHSAA on Oct. 29. The top eight teams in the region qualify for the playoffs.
The Eagles are coming off of a 20-14 loss to host St. Charles on Oct. 25. They went 0-2 in the CCL-Silver Division to finish third behind the champion Cardinals (2-0) and DeSales (1-1).
The league championship is St. Charles' first since 1962.
Watterson continues to be hindered by its offensive production, or lack thereof. The Eagles are averaging just 9.4 points.
Against St. Charles, quarterback Sam Maglicic rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries but completed six of 13 passes for just 41 yards and was intercepted twice. Running back Cody Calhoun rushed for 37 yards on 10 carries and running back Walter Green had 36 yards on eight carries.
That trio will try to be more productive against Jonathan Alder, whose defense is led by linebacker Chandler Ferko and defensive back Austin Gaylor. The Pioneers, who are 3-6, are giving up an average of 23.8 points.
The teams that Jonathan Alder has lost to have a combined record of 42-12. The teams that have beaten Watterson are a combined 36-17.
Linebackers Eli Kirk and Patrick Roark and lineman Kyle Fada lead the Eagles' defense, which is allowing an average of 17.4 points.
Roark had an interception and a fumble recovery against St. Charles, but the Eagles failed to score on either ensuing possession.
In Jonathan Alder's 42-7 loss to North Union on Oct. 25, quarterback John Jewett was 12-for-28 passing for 144 yards with two interceptions. The Pioneers were held to 58 yards rushing.