Danville at Fredericktown, Friday, 7 p.m.
The Fredericktown football team got its offense in high gear last week in a win over Mount Gilead. This Friday, they’ll need more of the same when a tough Danville defense rolls into town for a Knox Morrow Athletic Conference matchup.
The Freddies (2-3 overall, 1-1 KMAC) exploded for 500 yards of offense against the Indians. Alex Hamilton had a breakout game, rushing just nine times, but accumulating 212 yards on the ground. He scored on runs of 89 and 56 yards, and also added a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jimmy Nussbaum.
The Blue Devils will look to their defensive leaders — Brice Berger and Marshall Stull — to slow down the Freddie running game.
Danville (4-1, 1-1) also had a big night offensively last Friday, but the big portion of it came through the air.
Quarterback Skyler Durbin hit on an incredible 20 of 24 passes for 343 yards and a touchdown in the win over Northmor.
Corbin Hazen was the recipient of most of Durbin’s passes, catching 11 balls for 175 yards. He has plenty of help, though, as Tyler Mickley and Brice Berger will also give the Freddie secondary a lot to worry about.
Mount Gilead at Highland, Friday, 7 p.m.
Highland has been steamrolling its opponents so far in the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference. The three-pronged running attack of the Scots will look to do more damage this week when they host Mount Gilead.
Brody Matthews (637 yards rushing), Brock Veley (512) and Jack Weaver (417) have been giving opposing defenses fits this year and the Indians will have to step up their game to slow them down Friday.
The Indians (0-5, 0-2) struggled against the running game of Fredericktown last week, allowing more than 300 yards on the ground. Guys like leading tackler Hunter Trimmer will need to step it up Friday.
The Scots (4-1, 1-1) have been a wet blanket for opposing offenses all season and were again last Friday at Centerburg. They held the Trojans to just 84 yards of offense on the night.
Mount Gilead will look to quarterback Seth Young (815 yards passing) and leading receivers Timmy Brower (23-252) and Mason Mollohan (22-367) to open things up against the Scots.
It could be tough for the Indians, though, as Highland has three players with multiple interceptions (Jarin Vasquez and Clay Matthews, 3 each, and Isaiah Stoneburner, 2).
Newark Catholic at Utica, Friday, 7 p.m.
The Utica Redskins are still looking to pick up their first win this season. And what better place to do it than against rival Newark Catholic.
The normally potent Green Wave have struggled this year, with their only win coming against Watkins Memorial (15-14). They had trouble with Licking Heights last week, falling 55-13.
NC managed just 22 yards rushing against the Hornets after going for more than 200 in the win over Watkins.
The Redskins have been putting points on the board, led by quarterback Brad Potes (782 yards passing, 328 yards rushing). The senior has plenty of targets to throw to, including Mack Marston (21 catches, 306 yards), Mason Bodle (20-279), Josh Dickson (12-64) and Garrett Meyers (10-74).
Northmor at Cardington, Friday, 7 p.m.
Both Northmor and Cardington will be looking to bounce back from heartbreaking losses a week ago.
The Knights (4-1, 1-1) rallied in the second half and had a chance to tie up its game with Danville, but two passes in the end zone fell incomplete as time was winding down and the Blue Devils escaped with the victory.
Northmor quarterback Demetrius Johnson was a one-man wrecking crew in that game, rushing for 364 yards on 30 carries and completing 6 of 12 passes for another 44 yards.
The Pirates (2-3, 1-1) were able to slow down the running of East Knox last week, but it was the passing game that gave them fits. EK threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns against the Pirates.
Cardington will bring one of the top running backs in the league in Mason Goers. The sophomore had 124 yards on just 19 carries last week, giving him nearly 1,000 for the season through just five games.
The Pirates unleashed their passing game a week ago, as Daniel Kill completed 16 of 26 passes for 318 yards. Garrett Wagner tore through the Bulldog defense, catching 13 passes for 249 yards. If the Pirates can keep the passing game going, they could find success against the Knights.