Marlington 29, West Branch 28
BELOIT - The Marlington Dukes playoff chances were on the line in Beloit.
After a 10-yard touchdown connection from Jesse Carpenter to Clayton Staib, Instead of lining up for a game-tying extra point, the Dukes rolled the dice and Carpenter found Alex Williamson on a two-point conversion which led to a 29-28 victory.
West Branch was up by 14 points on two occasions but couldn't hold off a late Marlington rally.
For the Warriors, Brenden Wells had 117 yards on 25 carries and three touchdown runs. The Warriors found the end zone in the third quarter when Jalen Shelton threw a halfback pass to Scott Muckleroy from 28-yards out giving West Branch a 28-14 lead, but it wasn't enough.
Muckleroy caught six passes for 99 yards.
For the Dukes, Alden Hill was held to just 66 yards on 17 carries. Dymonte Thomas picked up the slack running for 187 yards on 18 carries and two scores.
The game was about as must-win as it could get for the Dukes, who came into the contest ranked ninth in computer points in Division III, Region 11.
Marlington (7-2, 4-2 NBC) will look to make the playoffs when it hosts Alliance next week.
West Branch (4-5, 3-3 NBC) who nearly pulled off an upset for a second-straight week, will try to finish .500 when they travel to Reilly Stadium to take on Salem.
Springfield 22, Columbiana 19
NEW MIDDLETOWN - Springfield's Leonard Lewis pounced on a fumble on the Columbiana 19-yard-line late in the Tigers' game against Columbiana. About a minute later Nick Russell plunged into the end zone, his second rushing touchdown of the game, to give the Tigers a 22-19 lead which they would not relinquish.
Russell finished with 72 yards rushing on 14 carries and was 9-for-26 for 150 yards including a 28-yard touchdown toss to Scott Gorby that closed the gap to 19-14 late in the third quarter.
Columbiana led at halftime 13-7 after Austin Barbato found the end zone twice on the ground. Barbato finished with 129 yards on 26 carries.
Columbiana's Brandon Hacker helped the Clippers extend the lead to 19-7 on a 5-yard rushing touchdown in the third. But the Tigers were able to rally for the victory.
Hacker ran for 103 yards on 20 carries for the Clippers. Gorby caught three passes, one on a fake punt, for 71 yards for the Tigers.
Springfield (7-2, 4-2 ITCL Tier 1) is in position to make the playoffs if it can beat United on the road next week.
Columbiana (7-2, 4-2 ITCL Tier 1) will travel to Mineral Ridge, where it will also be looking for a win in hopes to secure a post-season berth.
United 40, Mineral Ridge 21
HANOVERTON - United rallied back from a 14-0 first quarter deficit to roll Mineral Ridge 40-21. Leading the Eagles was Garrett Beech who was 7-of-14 for 165 yards and two touchdown passes to Tyler Dunn. Beech also had 77 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown on the ground. Dunn had 67 yards on three catches. Mike Martin had 109 yards on 15 carries and three scores. He also caught three passes for 88 yards.
United (3-6, 3-3 ITCL Tier 1) closes out its season trying to play the role of spoiler when Springfield comes to town Friday with playoff aspirations on the line.
Mineral Ridge (4-5, 2-4 ITCL Tier 1) will try to do the same thing when Columbiana visits.
Wellsville 28, Leetonia 21
WELLSVILLE - Wellsville turned away Leetonia at the 1-yard-line as time expired to hang on for a 28-21 victory.
For the Tigers, Marcus Moxley had 113 yards on 24 carries. Jake Reed was 8-of-11 for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
For the Bears, Cody Stokes had 80 yards on 13 carries. Stokes was also 10-of-21 for 166 yards including a 37-yard scoring strike to R.J. Pacella. Pacella finished with four catches for 79 yards.
Leetonia (3-6, 1-5 ITCL Tier 2) finishes up its season hosting Lowellville. Wellsville (4-5, 3-3 ITCL Tier 2) closes out hosting Jackson-Milton.
East Palestine 26, Lisbon 6
EAST PALESTINE - East Palestine fended off Lisbon 26-6 in an ITCL Tier 1 contest Friday. For the Bulldogs, Derek Smith had 179 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns. Jake DiCello returned a punt 63 yards for a score.
For Lisbon, Zac Barnes had 51 yards on 19 carries. Eric Walker tossed a touchdown pass to Josh Lathrop. Walker finished 5-of-9 for 63 yards.
East Palestine (2-7, 1-5 ITCL Tier 1) finishes its season Friday hosting South Range.
Lisbon (1-8, 0-6 ITCL Tier 1) hosts Crestview.
Other area scores:
Minerva 42, Alliance 19
Canton South 30, Carrollton 27
Western Reserve 52, Jackson-Milton 7
McDonald 24, Sebring 13
Southern 12, Lowellville 0
Niles 29, Canfield 28
Poland 42, Beaver Local 0