Purple Eagles, Mustangs renew rivalry Friday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 October 2022 at 6:12 am

Albion and Medina will be playing for the Doc’s Rock trophy when they renew their rivalry at Albion at 7 p.m. Friday.

With both teams on a roll and sectional playoff bound, Albion will host archrival Medina at 7 p.m. Friday in the regular season finale.

It will be the 124th meeting in the rivalry between the Purple Eagles and Mustangs which dates back to 1898 and is the seventh oldest high school football rivalry in the state.

Medina won last year’s meeting in a 30-28 thriller but Albion holds a 68-50-5 lead in the all-time series.

The Purple Eagles bring a five game winning streak into the contest after an 0-2 start to the season. The Mustangs are 7-0 having captured a third straight C North Division title.

Albion is sparked offensively by the brother duo of quarterback Amari Jones and receiver Javon Jones. Amari has passed for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 501 yards and 6 TDs. Javon has caught 33 passes for 449 yards and 8 TDs and rushed for 283 yards and 3 TDs.

On the ground the Purple Eagles are led by Jacob Hughson (214 yards rushing and 3 TDs), Kwame Riley and Sh’Kwe Riley.

Medina is led offensively by running back Noah Skinner who has rushed for 1,115 yards and 20 touchdowns and caught 8 passes for 160 yards and a TD. Skinner also leads the defense with 42 tackles.

Cayden Lilleby has rushed for 298 yards and 5 TDs and caught 12 passes for 171 yards and 3 TDs and Amari Soule has rushed for 237 yards and 3 TDs.

Mustangs quarterback Aiden Pitts has passed for 682 yards and 7 TDs and rushed for 304 yards and a TD.

The victor will also get to keep the Doc’s Rock trophy for the next year. The trophy honors the memory of Larry “Doc” Decker who coached and taught at both schools.

The week’s high school football action will begin this evening as Roy-Hart/Barker/Lyndonville (2-2, 4-3) visits Akron (2-2, 3-4) in a C North Division game.

Then on Saturday, Holley (2-5) will host Wellsville (1-6) at 1 p.m. in an 8 Man Division contest.