Medina to host Akron on Monday in key showdown for C North Division title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 October 2021 at 4:07 pm

The division title and a high seed for the upcoming sectional playoffs will be on the line as defending champion Medina hosts Akron in a key C North Division contest at 7 p.m. Monday at Vets Park.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina quarterback Xander Payne.

Medina is 4-0 and Akron 3-0 in C North competition. The Tigers also have one more division game to play against Cleveland Hill on Friday while the Mustangs will close out the regular season by hosting rival Albion that same evening.

Akron’s offense is led by quarterback Travis Fry who has passed for 563 yards and 9 touchdowns and rushed for 343 yards and 4 TDs.

Randy Hibbard is the Tigers leading rusher with 578 yards and 9 touchdowns while Chris Bergman is the leading receiver with 18 catches for 348 yards and 6 TDs.

Medina’s offense is likewise led by quarterback Xander Payne who has passed for 946 yards and 17 touchdowns including 5 to Greg Thompson, 4 each to Joe Cecchini and Jarin Rhim, 3 to Iverson Poole and 1 to Cayden Lilleby.

The Medina ground attack has been led by Poole with 357 yards and 4 touchdowns, Noah Skinner with 355 yards and 3 TDs and Robert Arnold with 178 yards and 3 TDs.

The teams have played three common division opponents. Against Newfane Medina won 40-0 and Akron 22-21; against Wilson Medina won 44-13 and Akron 38-20 and against Tonawanda Medina won 62-0 and Akron 20-14.

The Mustangs hold a 40-17-5 lead in the all-time series with the Tigers.

C North Standings: Medina 4-0, 6-0; Akron 3-0, 5-1; Wilson 2-2, 4-3; Cleve Hill 2-2, 3-4; Newfane 1-3, 3-4; Tonawanda 0-5, 0-7