Canton McKinley has already clinched a home playoff game, while Massillon needs a win this week to make the playoffs. That only adds to the drama in this matchup.
Both teams feature strong defensive squads, so this game could come down to the play of the high-profile, underclassmen at quarterback.
Junior Eric Glover-Williams leads Canton McKinley, and he has earned his "Superman" tag with his exploits on the field. In last year's loss to the Tigers, the Ohio State commit threw for 196 yards and three scores. He also ran for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Glover-Williams, 5-foot-10, 170-pounds, has battled a foot injury all season, but reported he is "98% healthy" at this time. On the season, he has rushed for 761 yards and scored 14 touchdowns, averaging over 7 yards per carry. He has also throw for 690 yards on the season.
For Massillon, they have placed their offense in the hands of Danny Clark, the first freshman to ever start at quarterback in the school's history. Even as a freshman, Clark has hit the recruiting radar of such schools as Ohio State, Michigan State, Georgia, Arkansas, and others.
Clark has thrown for 1,306 yards with 14 touchdowns on the season, after taking over as the starter in the second game of the year.
Junior Reggie Rogers is Clark's main deep threat, and he has caught nine touchdown passes on the season. Following a transfer from Akron Firestone, Rogers has turned himself into one of Ohio's top 2015 prospects. He holds offers from Kentucky and Toledo, with interest from Ohio State, Michigan State and Tennessee.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Both quarterbacks have had issues with turnovers this season, and that could make the difference in this contest. Glover-Williams needs to be as close to 100% as possible, and he depends on his speed and cutting ability to out-maneuver foes. Clark will need to handle pressure, both from the McKinley pass rush and from the intensity of the rivalry. Massillon needs the game to make the playoffs, and that could be the emotional edge that propels them to a win, but don't discount McKinley being sky high to send their rival home for the season. The over/under on personal fouls in the first half alone would be five, so the emotion of this game can work against either team if they aren't disciplined. In the end, this game should be a low-scoring affair, and one that comes down to the final drive. Smart money is on one of these quarterbacks making a play late in the fourth quarter to win the game.