Bishop Ready at Centerburg, 7 p.m.
Bishop Ready (1-1) has played a pair of lopsided games this season, falling 31-0 to Columbus Academy before downing Lakewood 49-13 in last Friday. The Silver Knights made the playoffs last season, and bring back key contributors like All-Ohio First Team RB Devin Dukes and Second Team OL Anthony Baum. QB Austin Aiello, while small at 5-11, has good speed as a member of the school’s record 4×100 relay team.
Centerburg (1-1) allowed 356 yards of rushing offense to Lucas in Week 2’s 37-7 loss. The top three Cubs runners averaged about 10 yards per carry, and the Trojans’ defense gave up TD runs of 67, 23 and 29 yards. Lucas held Seth Belt, who had 159 yards against Utica, to only 68 yards, and Steven Schmitt’s passing was negligible. Tyler Boales scored his third return TD in two games for the only score, and the Trojans should work him more into the offense.
Danville at Garaway, 7 p.m.
Danville (2-0) gave up the first TD in Week 2’s game against Sciotoville East, but put the hammer down for 42 straight points to earn the win. Sciotoville had just 31 yards rushing on 31 carries, and 73 yards in all. Blue Devils’ QB Skyler Durbin ran for 79 yards and passed for 114 yards and two scores on 10 of 15 attempts, and Tyler Mickley and Chris Greenawalt ran for over 50 yards apiece. The defense had two takeaways and gave Danville great field position the entire game and may be able replicate that against Garaway this week.
Garaway (1-1) dropped a 47-14 decision to fellow 2016 playoff team Dalton in the opener before downing low-scoring River View 34-6 last week. An 11-1 team last year, the Pirates averaged 41.2 points per game with its spread offense while giving up 12.9 points per contest. Against River View, QB Dawson Ley was 11 of 13 for 161 yards and three TDs in the first half, and the defense held the Black Bears to 137 yards on 40 carries. Danville has been good against both the run and pass, so the Pirates’ offense has its work cut out for it.
East Knox at Strasburg-Franklin, 7 p.m.
East Knox (2-0) defeated a resurgent Utica team on Friday, 34-19, as Kasson Krownapple ran for 190 yards and two first-half TDs. He especially shouldered the load in the second half, running for 106 yards and leading two scoring drives. QB Kadden Lester improved, going 10 of 15 for 99 yards. The defense gave up only 79 yards rushing on 25 carries, but were torched for 193 yards and three TDs by Utica’s Brad Potes. The pass defense only allowed 12 of 32 completions, however, but must be more active in stopping the deep ball.
Strasburg-Franklin (2-0) was 2-0 at this point last season when it faced East Knox, and the Bulldogs’ 26-19 win put the Tigers on an eight-game losing streak. The Tigers have beaten the two teams they downed last season, Conotton Valley and Cedarville, averaging 52 points per game. Last season they averaged 44 points against those teams, and East Knox limited them to 19 points. Strasburg-Franklin has a big QB in senior Andrew Cregan (6-4), but a smallish offensive line probably won’t give him much protection against the Bulldogs.
Highland at River Valley, 7 p.m.
Highland (1-1) scored a fourth-quarter touchdown on Friday, and that insurance helped it weather Ontario’s late score for a 32-26 win. The Scots ran for 367 yards on 51 carries, and QB Reese Weissenfluh threw two TDs among his four completions. The rush defense held the Warriors to 190 yards on 28 carries, but despite a 9 of 21 day throwing, Ontario gained 190 yards and three TDs through the air. Highland will have to take the lead early to try to force big-play mistakes from a powerful River Valley offense.
River Valley (2-0) got 175 total yards from QB Josh Ellwood in a 53-14 win over Mansfield Madison in Week 2. Ellwood threw for 74 yards and rushed for 101 yards, and had two TDs each way. Tyler Spears gives the Vikings a top-notch running back, who last week tallied 146 yards and two TDs. Defense is also a strength. Despite nine new starters, the team has not given up any more than 14 points in the first two games. The key for River Valley will be putting an end to its slow starts.