BELOIT, Ohio (WKBN) – Just three weeks ago, West Branch held on to defeat the Potters 34-28 in a memorable encounter. Now, it’s time for the rematch after East Liverpool eliminated Gilmour Academy from post-season play on Saturday.
Can the unbeaten Warriors stand up to another test from East Liverpool? Will the Potters get revenge and move deeper into the Division IV tournament bracket?
We’ll find out this Saturday when the Game of the Week emanates from Clinton-Heacock Stadium.
2020 High School Football Game of the Week
Saturday, October 17, 2020 (LIVE at 7 pm on WKBN.com and the WKBN app)
East Liverpool (4-3) at West Branch (6-0)
The game is being broadcast LIVE online at WKBN.com and the WKBN mobile app.
You can watch the ‘Game of the Week’ on Fox Youngstown at 10:30 p.m.
Digital over the air on 27.2 and at 62.1
Armstrong Cable Channel 15 and 105
Comcast Cable Channel 8
Direct TV Channel 62
Dish Channel 62
Spectrum Channel 10
September 25, 2020
West Branch 34 East Liverpool 28
…It was just 3 weeks ago when West Branch and East Liverpool entered the fourth quarter tied at 28. Alek Wilson ran in the go-ahead score from a yard out to give the Warriors their fifth win of the season. Brock Hillyer threw for 223 yards and 3 touchdowns for West Branch. Late in the game, the Potters’ possessed the ball inside of the Warrior red-zone. However, West Branch’s defense held and came away with the win. East Liverpool was led by Howie Williams’ 154 yards rushing. The Potters’ defense held West Branch to just 3.4 yards per carry on the ground.
Scoring Offense: West Branch, 41.7; East Liverpool, 28.9
Scoring Defense: East Liverpool, 20.3; West Branch, 20.5
…The Potters are making their second playoff appearance in the last 17 years (2010, 2020).
Last Saturday, East Liverpool won their first playoff game in 18 years by defeating Gilmour Academy – 41-14. After the Lancers’ opening kickoff return for a score, the Potters went onto score the next 41 points to come away with an easy victory. Devin Toothman and Howie Williams both went over the 100-rushing yard mark. East Liverpool’s defense forced 4 turnovers.
The last time the Potters had won a post-season matchup was on November 1, 2002 when they topped Marietta at home (20-14).
…West Branch has posted a perfect 6-0 mark by scoring 34-points or more in each game this year.
The Warriors, last time out (on October 2), saw Brock Hillyer throw for 5 TDs in West Branch’s 44-14 win over Canton South. Hillyer connected on 17 passes for 265 yards. Alek Wilson ran for 104 yards on 11 carries.
Prior to this season, West Branch had won just 2 of their previous 13 games dating back to October 12, 2018.
This is the Warriors’ first playoff game since 2007. That year, they defeated John Glen (49-22) in the Regional Quarterfinal before falling to Licking Valley (35-21) on November 9
The winner will play the winner of Ursuline/Villa Angela-St. Joseph in Regional Quarterfinal next Saturday at 7 p.m.
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