This is what Week 10 of the football season should be.
Winning seasons on the line.
Conference titles on the line.
Playoff berths on the line.
Regular-season stakes are rarely this high -- and the math for the playoffs isn't getting any easier.
Are there any Ivy League grads with a master's in mathematics out there?
It has all the makings of a fantastic finish.
Sandusky caps off the Greater Buckeye Conference era with its annual rivalry game against Ross at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Fremont.
St. Paul and Monroeville clash Saturday.
And whichever teams win the Sandusky-Ross and St. Paul-Monroeville games will assure themselves a Week 11 game.
In between, a slew of games features teams searching for home playoff games (Clyde, Western Reserve), playoff berths (Huron, Oak Harbor), and winning seasons (Edison, Margaretta, Port Clinton, Bellevue, Willard).
Western Reserve has already assured itself its first-ever home playoff game.
Sandusky, meanwhile, can play in Week 11 for the first time since 1990, and as Jackie Collins told me Monday, that's when the fathers of some of the current players were suiting up for the Blue Streaks.
Two seniors, Cordney Strickland and Jaron Green, said Monday there is no better ending for a Week 10. Aside from bragging rights in one of Ohio's most storied high school rivalries, a win gives Sandusky back-to-back co-GBC titles, or Fremont the outright crown, and both a berth in the state playoffs.
As if there weren't enough riding on the game already.
The official playoff rankings are slated for release today, and Sandusky and Fremont are likely sitting in the No. 6 spots in their regions.
"If we win, we go out how we wanted to go out," Strickland said.
"It's our senior season. We can go out as champions," said Green, who caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in last year's game.
Sandusky has run the ball exceptionally well against Fremont the past two meetings: Remember last year in a 30-0 win when Strickland ran for 168 yards and a score? Remember two years ago when Eric Jordan ran wild for 323 yards in that nail-biting 26-20 setback?
And this Sandusky team has shown it can throw the ball vertically, with junior QB Lucas Poggiali finding wideouts Tristen Jeffries, Dameyion Smith and Rayshawn Daniels to keep defenses honest.
One thing to keep in mind: Sandusky has led 10-0 in both games. Last year the Streaks piled on 20 more. Two years ago, Ross rebounded and outscored them 26-10 the rest of the way. Special teams and turnovers played a key part each time.
At 6-3, Sandusky has already secured its first winning season since 1999, but Strickland said it's made the team hungrier to go out and achieve more.
Come Friday we'll see how much more they can accomplish.
This week at Fandy.com, we posted a YouTube video of Steelers linebacker James Harrison's hits against Browns receivers.
I assume most know the story.
For those who don't, here's the abridged version: Harrison had hard hits against Josh Cribbs and Mohammad Massaquoi -- some helmet-to-helmet contact.
Two receivers left the game. Two receivers had concussions. Zero flags. Zero suspensions. Harrison was fined $75,000.
We asked for reader reaction online via our Twitter handle.
Here's what some had to say.
@fluidpower: "you can fine a multi-millionaire 25g's and he will continue to hand out concussions. How does the fines help the Browns?"
@WakeMikey: "DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY Suspend!!"
Papadoudou: "Click here for Christian Louboutin shoes."
I didn't bother to see if they were legit or knockoffs.
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Final rants, haiku style:
Take note, Ms. Sackett
If Sandusky makes playoffs,
Send Clear Fork a gift
Three goals, nine losses
zero wins as girls soccer
comes to season's end.
Who fell on loose ball?
Here's a hint. Begins with 'D'
And ends with 'olphins'
Haikus are easy
But sometimes they make no sense