Centerburg at Mount Gilead* 7 p.m.
Centerburg (3-3, 1-2) was the latest team to witness East Knox’s high-flying offense in dropping last Friday’s KMAC contest, 42-7. The Trojans could not contain QB Kadden Lester, who threw for 337 yards and three TDs on 16-of-24 passing. RB Kasson Krownapple had 19 carries for 160 yards and three scores, and the Trojans gave up four TDs of 30 or more yards. Centerburg QB John Sheasby found no room to work, rushing for only 15 yards and throwing for 28 on seven completions, and gaining four first downs for the game. Mount Gilead will seem like a breather, but Centerburg still cannot take the Indians lightly despite their 18 straight losses.
Mount Gilead (0-6, 0-3) was another victim of Highland’s top-notch ground game in Week 6, falling 58-0. The Indians allowed 345 yards on 48 carries, but the Scots’ Tate Tobin (3-83) and Jack Weaver (4-75) had big gains on nearly all of their limited carries. Highland’s ball control gave it possession for seven minutes more than Mount Gilead, thwarting the Indians’ limited attack. Colton Cronenwalt ran for 24 yards on four carries, and QB Nathan Rogers completed 4 of 10 passes for 39 yards. Mount Gilead has some big-play potential in WR Mason Mollohan, but the offense’s limitations has put a damper on his performance.
Danville at Cardington*, 7 p.m.
Danville (1-5, 1-2) earned its first victory of the season at home last Friday, 44-27 over Fredericktown. The Blue Devils put up over 200 yards rushing and passing, as Alex Holt had his best game of the season with six carries for 96 yards and four catches for 66. His three first-half TDs put the Freddies into a hole they couldn’t climb out of. QB Dalton David threw for 234 yards and two TDs. The defense gave up a 100-yard rusher in Terry Fearn, but its pass defense held the Freddie QB to 10 of 27 passing and picked off three passes. Danville faces Cardington RB Mason Goers, and stopping him means stopping a majority of the Pirate offense.
Cardington (0-6, 0-3) QB Nate Hickman’s TD run got the Pirates close at Northmor last Friday, but the Golden Knights scored a late TD to close the half and went on to win, 46-20. It was the second straight week Cardington was beaten this way, after a TD with time running out of the first half lifted East Knox to a victory. The defense was a problem, allowing 333 yards on the ground and 146 on just eight completions, and the offense compounded the trouble with four turnovers. RB Mason Goers continued to be the go-to player on offense, gaining 106 yards on 25 carries, but the Pirates may be sunk if Danville can figure out a way to stop him.
Fredericktown at Highland (HC)*, 7 p.m.
Fredericktown (1-5, 1-2) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns at Danville Friday, but lost the KMAC contest, 44-27. Following a win over Mount Gilead, 39-8, the previous week, the Freddies scored their second-highest point total of the season, with QB Terry Fearn gaining 214 total yards (126 rushing, 88 passing). The defense continued to be porous, giving up 459 yards and TD plays of 60 and 40 yards. Fredericktown’s limited roster leaves it susceptible to fatigue at the end of games, and offenses can spring big plays. The Freddies face Highland’s four-headed running game this week, and trying to stop them will be a trying task.
Highland (5-1, 3-0) was able to get 15 different running backs into the game in Week 6 in a 58-0 laugher over Mount Gilead. Tate Tobin and Jack Weaver nearly gained 100 yards apiece on just three and four carries, respectively, as a 44-point first half led to a running clock the entire second half. QB Ian Taylor completed five passes for 74 yards to mix things up, but the runners gained 345 yards on 48 carries. The Scots’ defense was solid as a rock, holding the Indians to 76 total yards, with only 13 on the ground. This week, Fredericktown may not have the playmakers to overcome that defense, nor the defensive stoppers to control Highland runners.
Utica at Heath*, 7 p.m.
Utica (1-5) was not shut out at Newark Catholic Friday night, but the Redskins allowed 34 points to the Green Wave in a 34-3 loss. Newark Catholic scored three TDs in the first quarter alone, and two more in the fourth quarter. Utica has scored three points in its last three games following a Week 3 38-22 victory over Fredericktown. The Redskins have given up more than 28 points in five games, with over 40 points three times. QB Collin McCullough has had to carry the offense with the lack of a consistent running game, and receiver Mack Marston and RB Garrett Meyers will have to step up to find success against Heath this week.
Heath (2-4) lost in Week 6 to Watkins Memorial, who scored in every quarter to win, 41-8. The Bulldogs gave up 286 rushing yards, 153 to Austin Branham, and QB Connor Brandon threw for 54 yards and ran for 60. Heath’s offense gained only 31 yards and two first downs in the first half, and only broke up the shutout in the fourth quarter on Austin Morrow’s 4-yard pass to Justin Hartman. The Bulldogs were also victimized by a blocked punt and an interception, one of four, that turned into scores. Getting an upper hand on Utica will be a key to victory this week, as the Bulldogs have been held under double digits three of their losses.