Episode IV was what previous codgers like me name “the first Star Wars”. It was released more than 40 years ago if you want to toss that trivial nugget out to those you deem elderly just to make them feel extra old. The subtitle was “A New Hope”. After this football Friday, who has new hope in the Tri-State?

High Hopes

St. Xavier, La Salle, Anderson, and Bethel-Tate are among the unbeaten still and they all have one thing in common:  the ability to throw the football. There are excellent running teams, but down a couple scores a forward pass can come in handy (see Doug Flutie).

A new hope

Lakota West is loaded with some talented players, including Xavier Peters, Tyler Bentley and Steven Faucheux getting Division I attention.  Surprisingly, their win over Oak Hills was their first of 2017. Meantime, West Clermont’s Wing-T got in gear 45-14 over Walnut Hills for their first-ever ECC win.

Moeller racked up 49 before snacktime against Lafayette, giving the Crusaders the luxury of resting starters with a second-half running clock. Moeller hosts defending Division I champ St. Xavier at Roettger Stadium in Lockland Friday.  Penn State commit Aeneas Hawkins is in a walking boot and hopes to return to action for Moeller by week 7.

The Tri-State All-Twitter Team

Fairfield offensive lineman Jackson “Jack” Carman has no shortage of Division I suitors thanks to his ability to pancake opposing defenders (and I’d guess he’s on the All-IHOP team too).  However, Carman and some other Ohio State Buckeye recruits recently drew the ire of former Buckeye and current ESPN golden boy Kirk Herbstreit.

Carman called for OSU to replace starting quarterback J.T. Barrett with Dwayne Haskins in the Buckeyes 31-16 loss to Oklahoma Sooners, which seemingly was as upsetting to some as say, the opposing quarterback planting their flag in the middle of the big “O”.   When Herbstreit responded, Carman simply reminded folks of the interest the national champion Clemson Tigers have in him as well as the USC Trojans. In light of some of the things I’ve seen on Twitter this year, I find someone expressing the same thought many Buckeye fans were thinking in the Horseshoe kind of mild. If you disagree, you don’t know Jack!