Barring an upset loss by Centennial in Week 10, this will mark the first season since 2013 that neither the Beechcroft nor Northland football team earns at least a share of the City League-North Division championship.

In addition, both teams have been eliminated from postseason contention.

Still, plenty will be on the line when the Cougars play host to the Vikings on Friday, Nov. 1.

Beechcroft, which is in Division III, Region 11, has won five of its last six games, including a 54-6 victory over Mifflin on Oct. 25 to improve to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the City-North, but the Cougars lost to the Stars 28-7 on Oct. 4.

Northland, which is in Division II, Region 7, had won four games in a row before falling to Centennial 33-7 on Oct. 25 and is 4-5 overall and 4-1 in the league.

"Northland-Beechcroft is the last game, it's usually on someone's senior night and I don't know how close we are, but it's something like two or three miles apart," first-year Beechcroft coach Lee Snyder said. "All the guys know each other from Little League football. It's always in the back of your mind. They had a rough start to the season, but they had a really tough schedule so we knew they were not a bad team at all. It's going to be the same rivalry it always is."

Beechcroft enters the matchup on a three-game winning streak.

"We're trying to finish strong," Snyder said.

The Cougars lost to Northland 39-32 in 2017 when both teams shared the league title with Mifflin and the Vikings won last year's meeting 7-0 to give them the outright league championship.

Beechcroft got a pair of rushing touchdowns apiece from quarterback DeShannon Butler and running back Diante Latham against Mifflin and led the Punchers 36-0 at halftime.

"(This) week is our rival game," Northland coach Brian Staats said. "We've been able to be on top of (Beechcroft) the last two years and we've got to talk about continuing that streak and not letting it go the other way. We've got to play smarter, do a better job of handling a little bit of adversity and just do a better job of keeping our heads and making plays."

Senior Kalil Branham, who has seen action in recent weeks as a wildcat quarterback for the Vikings, ran for 106 yards and a second-quarter touchdown for Northland's only points against Centennial.

His status for the season finale is uncertain after he left the game against the Stars in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury.

In addition, a few hours before the Centennial contest, Branham tweeted that the game against the Stars would be his final high school contest because he's graduating early. He has committed to Kentucky as a wide receiver.

Devils looking to qualify for playoffs

Marion-Franklin bounced back from a 33-6 loss to Walnut Ridge on Oct. 18 by edging Africentric 12-8 on Oct. 25 to keep its Division IV, Region 15 playoff hopes alive.

The Red Devils were projected to be 10th in the region heading into their regular-season finale Friday, Nov. 1, at South.

Quarterback Jeremiah Tucker has been the team's biggest offensive standout, having completed 55 of 103 passes for 1,121 yards with 12 touchdowns and having rushed for 414 yards and seven touchdowns, but he did not play against Africentric.

Against the Nubians, Jaylen Nicholson went 6-for-14 passing for 156 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions and rushed for a touchdown, Taylen James rushed 16 times for 61 yards and Giovanni Scales added two receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Marion-Franklin and South both are 6-3 overall. The Red Devils are 5-1 in the City-South and the Bulldogs are 3-3 in the league.

"We felt we could compete for a division title and make a run to the Division IV playoffs," Red Devils coach David Lakso said.

Quanaire Tatum, Leviticus Brown, Lahti Murphy and Breon Suggs have been a part of an offensive line that Lakso has praised.

"Taylen James is doing well and our offensive line has been getting it done," Lakso said. "We've got some nice weapons at wide receiver."

South won its first six games but has lost its last three to fall out of playoff contention in Division III, Region 11. The Bulldogs lost to Walnut Ridge 58-14 on Oct. 11 and nearly rallied against Independence before falling 38-34 on Oct. 18. They then lost to Eastmoor Academy 33-6 on Oct. 25.

Running back Daivion Greene-Tucker, who rushed 20 times for 160 yards and one touchdown, and quarterback Ronmel Robinson have been among South's top play-makers.

Scots move one step closer to perfection

In the 2017 regular season, Walnut Ridge needed only to beat Independence in Week 10 to secure a perfect regular season.

The Scots, who lost that game 44-34, find themselves in the same position entering their home contest against the 76ers on Friday, Nov. 1.

Walnut Ridge is 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the City-South after beating West 46-0 on Oct. 25.

Independence has won back-to-back games and is 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the league.

The Scots also need to beat the 76ers to have a shot at making the Division II, Region 8 playoffs. They were projected to be seventh in the region entering Week 10 and are one of 11 teams still in the hunt for the region's eight playoff spots.

Cincinnati Winton Woods is eighth in the region but is idle in Week 10.

A win by Beechcroft over Northland would boost Walnut Ridge's playoff hopes given that the Scots beat the Cougars 40-6 on Sept. 13.

The other two teams the Scots defeated in non-league play were Watkins Memorial, which is 3-6, and Mifflin, which is 1-8.

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