Centerburg at Fredericktown, Friday, 7 p.m.
Centerburg (2-7, 1-5) suffered its season’s low point on Friday, falling to Northmor, 49-0. The offense has been struggling, with just 84 total yards against the Knights, and have been shut out in three of the last four games. The Trojans turned to John Sheasby at quarterback to replace Steven Schmitt, but he threw for -2 yards on 4 of 7 passing while leading the runners with 58 yards. The defense allowed 293 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. Centerburg plays a resurgent Fredericktown team this week, and must find some sort of offense in order to win.
Fredericktown (4-5, 3-2) has played well recently, with wins over East Knox and Cardington in successive weeks. The Freddies had just seven first downs against the Pirates, but had two TDs of over 50 yards and an 23-yard average per reception. Quarterback Jimmy Nussbaum has developed well as a signal-caller, going 4 of 6 for 92 while rushing 15 times for 130 yards. John Robbins and Jack Fitzpatrick also give the Freddies a good running combo.
Highland at Northmor, Friday, 7 p.m.
Highland (8-1, 6-0) had its usual big running game in a 28-7 victory over East Knox in Week 9. Jack Weaver and Brody Matthews each had close to 100 yards, and Jarin Vasquez came into his own with 78 yards. QB Reese Weissenfluh does not pass much, but has Isaiah Stoneburner as a good long threat. The Scots defense held the Bulldogs’ passing game well under 50 percent (13 of 29) and picked off two throws, and limited East Knox to 68 rushing yards. A similar job will be needed this week against 2,300-yard back Demetrius Johnson. The Scots can clinch the first Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference title outright with a win.
Northmor (7-2, 4-2) got six touchdowns from Demetrius Johnson in a 49-0 win over Centerburg on Friday. Johnson ran 23 times for 237 yards and five TDs, and threw for one. Overall, the Golden Knights gained 346 yards and averaged nearly eight yards per play. The underrated defense held the Trojans to 86 rushing yards and 84 yards total. Blake Miller (six sacks, 13 tackles for loss) and Austin Miller (five sacks) lead a defense that can get to the quarterback, and three others have at least 10 TFL. They’ll need every one of those to stop the Highland rushers this week.
Lakewood at Utica, Friday, 7 p.m.
Lakewood (0-9, 0-4) has had a tough time scoring this season, with only six in a 35-6 loss to Watkins Memorial in Week 9. The Lancers have reached double digits just twice, and were shut out once. The Warriors scored on their first snap, and had 255 rushing yards to lead 28-0 at halftime. Lakewood was able to put drives together, but 100 penalty yards and three interceptions hampered it. The Lancers have the top receiving combo in the Licking County League, Tristan Warthman and Zavan Boland, and QB Connor Vierstra will need to get the ball to them.
Utica (0-9, 0-4) went for the win in overtime last Friday against Northridge, but fell short in a 21-20 loss. The Redskins outgained the Vikings 316-267 and had 21 first downs to the hosts’ 15. QB Brad Potes was 18 of 32 for 191 yards, and his 35-yard TD pass to Mack Marston in the fourth quarter led to the tying score. The defense was good on the pass, but gave up 194 yards to the Vikings’ top two running backs. The Redskins face winless Lakewood this week, and if they can minimize mistakes, their 19-game losing streak could end.