Prep football: Here’s five local Week 6 matchups to keep an eye on

Badin’s Alex DeLong (20) is escorted by teammate Evan Schlensker (54) as Jordan Hodge (11) and Sean Lange (17) of Ross are in pursuit during an Aug. 24 game at Robinson Field in Ross Township. Badin won 41-20. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Badin’s Alex DeLong (20) is escorted by teammate Evan Schlensker (54) as Jordan Hodge (11) and Sean Lange (17) of Ross are in pursuit during an Aug. 24 game at Robinson Field in Ross Township. Badin won 41-20. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Here are five Week 6 prep football matchups in the Journal-News coverage area to keep an eye on Friday:

1. Carroll (4-1) vs. Badin (3-2) at Hamilton

Are the Patriots for real? They haven’t had a winning season since 2010 and they won their first four games, but those four opponents are a combined 3-18, and a 61-30 loss to Chaminade Julienne last week could mean the Greater Catholic League Coed Division once again won’t be a friendly place for Carroll. It’s homecoming for Badin, and the Rams’ Division III playoff hopes would clearly get a positive jolt with a victory.

A dangerous game for Fairfield because the Vikings have the athletes to go head-to-head in this matchup. Take away Princeton’s three forfeits and it’s a pair of 4-1 squads butting heads. Fairfield would be favored regardless … indeed, the Indians were voted second in the Greater Miami Conference preseason coaches poll behind Colerain. Fairfield also has some of the GMC’s brightest offensive stars in QB Jeff Tyus, RB JuTahn McClain and TE Erick All. But the Vikings must be taken seriously. They’ll counter with a pair of national recruits on defense, E Darrion Henry and OLB Jaheim Thomas.

3. Edgewood (5-0) at Ross (2-3)

A local rivalry is a local rivalry, even if the visiting Cougars look to be strong favorites on paper. Edgewood’s Southwest Ohio Conference winning streak stands at 14, and Ross hasn’t challenged the Cougars since beating them 35-14 in 2014. Edgewood has won 28 of its last 36 games in the Scott Clemmons era.

4. Fenwick (3-2) at McNicholas (1-4)

McNick’s streak of six straight Greater Catholic League Central Division championships seems to be in jeopardy thanks to an offense that’s scored more than 14 points once this year. Fenwick’s losses have come against Clinton-Massie and Alter, and the Falcons have been playing at a consistently strong level despite several key injuries. Sully Janeck has thrown for 836 yards and is about to become the first Fenwick QB to crack the 1,000-yard mark in a season since Ricky Davis in 2012.

5. Mason (4-1) at Lakota West (2-3)

This could be a potential trap game for the Comets, going on the road to face a talented, up-and-down opponent before hosting perennial Greater Miami Conference champion Colerain next Friday. The Firebirds need to find their running game. David Afari, the GMC’s leading returning rusher this season, has been limited to 300 yards on 79 carries … the rest of the team has combined for 18 yards on 69 carries.

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