East Knox at Northmor, Friday, 7 p.m.
East Knox (5-0, 2-0) put up 424 yards of offense in Friday’s 34-0 blanking of Centerburg. Quarterback Kadden Lester had a great game with 13 of 27 passing and three touchdowns of 66, 35 and 55 yards, and Kasson Krownapple provided 114 yards on 27 carries at running back. The defense came to play as well, holding the Trojans to 87 total yards, with just 19 yards on the ground. Northmor will be the first team the Bulldogs have faced this season with a winning record, and 3-3 Strasburg-Franklin was able to take East Knox to overtime in Week 3.
Northmor (5-1, 2-1) relied, as it has all season, on the legs of Demetrius Johnson in a 32-7 win over Cardington last Friday. Johnson, a QB in name only, rushed for 161 yards, the bulk of the team’s 220 total yards, and four TDs on 19 carries. Conan Becker added 47 yards on three carries, including a 42-yard TD, but the talent behind Johnson is limited. The defense gave up 185 total yards and forced three turnovers, and gave up 51 yards on three pass completions. East Knox should be able to pass this week, but will need to keep Johnson in check.
Cardington at Danville, Friday, 7 p.m.
Cardington (2-4, 1-2) lost last week’s KMAC game against Northmor 32-7. The Pirates have been able to score points, with 53 points in Week 1 against Worthington Christian and 40 at East Knox in a September loss. Mason Goers gained 122 yards last week, but carried the ball only 15 times, and the Golden Knights limited Pirates’ QB Daniel Kill to only 2 of 8 passing for 41 yards. The defense allowed the area’s top rusher, Demetrius Johnson, 161 yards and four TDs, and will have to change gears in facing Danville’s pass-oriented offense this week.
Danville (5-1, 2-1) came out slugging in Week 6’s game at Fredericktown, scoring five TDs in the first half of a 42-7 blowout. Skyler Durbin threw for three TDs in that span, for 12, 35 and 40 yards, all to Corbin Hazen, and finished with 263 yards on 17 of 26 attempts. The ground game gained 118 yards on 27 carries, but the defense limited the Freddies to 107 yards on 30 totes. This week, the defense will have a tough runner, Mason Goers, to defend against, but Danville’s powerhouse offense should continue to be able to produce a lot of points.
Centerburg at Mount Gilead, Friday, 7 p.m.
Centerburg (1-5, 0-3) gained only 87 total yards in Week 6’s 34-0 loss to undefeated East Knox. The Trojans gave up 424 yards and was burned by TD passes of 66, 35 and 55 yards, but also held the Bulldogs to field goals on a pair of first-half drives. Scoring a TD or less in five of its games, QB Steven Schmitt completed just 9 of 24 passes for 68 yards, and led an anemic rushing attack (32 carries, 19 yards) with 29 yards on 22 carries. The good news for the Trojans is that they are playing winless Mount Gilead this week.
Mount Gilead (0-6, 0-3) gave up more than 10 yards per carry against Highland in last week’s 42-8 loss. The Scots scored 35 points in the first half alone, and only gave up a meaningless fourth-quarter score. The Pirates runners gained only 49 yards on 23 carries, and QB Seth Young completed only one-third of his passes for 123 yards. The defense allowed three Highland rushers to gain over 50 yards, including 195 on 14 carries by Brock Veley. This week’s game features to dismal offenses, so the game may turn on turnovers.
Heath at Utica, Friday, 7 p.m.
Heath (2-4) has won its last two games, albeit against two teams with only one victory for the season, having downed Watkins Memorial, 47-7, on Friday. Tyler Karr has had a big job taking over for all-State and playoff QB Aaron Latiolais, completing just three passes last week, but all went for TDs of 52, 38 and 81 yards. The defense and special teams excelled, getting a fumble return TD, an interception, a blocked punt and a safety. That defense should do much of the same this week against Utica’s sluggish offense.
Utica (0-5) had much promise heading into the season, but its offense hasn’t lived up to hopes, dropping a 32-14 game against Newark Catholic on Friday. The Green Wave were able to score twice in each of the first two quarters to put Utica in comeback mode, which was difficult as the Redskins have scored above 14 points only twice this season. Defenses have limited the Redskins’ downfield passing, as QB Brad Potes threw for only 25 yards, so the offensive line needs to open holes for Mack Marston and Potes in the running game.