Centerburg at Northridge, 7 p.m.
Centerburg (1-1) was kept down by a forceful Lucas defense on Friday, gaining just 139 total yards to fall, 38-14. RB Donnell Marshall was the lone bright spot, scoring two TDs, one on a pass, and rushing for 94 yards on 16 carries, while the rest of the team lost 28 yards. The QB tandem of Jack Gregory and John Sheasby were smothered, combining to go 9 of 28 with three interceptions. The defense played solidly against the run, but of four Cubs completions, three went for touchdowns (75, 48, 5 yards). Finding another runner to complement Marshall would help the QBs, as would better play from the linemen to give them more time to throw.
Northridge (0-2) gave up two touchdowns in the first quarter to trail early in its Week 2 loss at Shenandoah, 28-14. The Vikings allowed the first score with just 1:12 off the clock on a 15-yard run, and were victimized on a 70-yard run later in the period. Dylon Parman’s 39-yard TD run took the lead down to 14-6, but the Zeps added another score to go up, 28-6, at halftime. Northridge gave up 142 yards on 13 carries to Shenandoah RB Briar Portman, and over 200 yards rushing in total, and allowed 6 of 11 passing for 123 yards. After giving up 41 points to East Knox in Week 1, Northridge will need to stop another good runner this week in Donnell Marshall.
Worthington Christian at Danville, 7 p.m.
Worthington Christian (1-1) was hampered by turnovers in its home game against Northmor in Week 2, getting intercepted three times and losing a fumble in a 42-17 loss. The Warriors actually had more yards than the Golden Knights, 353-269, with better per-carry and per-catch averages, but giveaways kept other drives from getting going and set up short-field scores for Northmor. QB Lucas Hartings is the heart of the offense, going 22 of 37 for 231 yards and a touchdown, and he and Braeden Anderson each ran for over 50 yards. Keeping the mistakes, which included a blocked punt, to a minimum would help the offense immeasurably.
Danville (0-2) has had its offense grounded for the most of its first two weeks, last Friday scoring six points in a 21-6 loss at Loudonville. The Blue Devils’ top receivers from a season ago, Corbin Hazen and Alex Holt, who has moved into the backfield, and Langdon Johnson each have an average yards-per-catch of around six. Holt has rushed for 119 yards, but the defense had given up 355 yards on the ground. Opposing QBs are just 11 of 21, but for 231 yards and a 21-yard per-catch average. Danville’s offense has to get in synch soon to get ready for a punishing KMAC schedule later.
East Knox at River View, 7 p.m.
East Knox (2-0) ran roughshod over Utica in Week 2, racking up 494 yards of offense in a 68-15 victory. The Bulldogs scored at least two touchdowns in every quarter, with four in the second quarter alone. Caleb Gallwitz was nearly unstoppable, running 30 times for 306 yards and six touchdowns, those on runs of 52, 41, 37, 41 18 and 25 yards. QB Kadden Lester didn’t have to do much, but still went 11 of 16 for 145 yards and two TDs. East Knox was strong against the run, allowing less than four yards per carry, but allowed passing scores of 52 and 32 yards. All East Knox has to do it to keep the offense moving, and the talent should be able to do the rest.
River View (1-1) lost its first game of the season last Friday at Ridgewood, falling 51-9. The Black Bears gave up two touchdowns in each of the first two quarters to trail 30-3 at halftime, and three in the third quarter brought the running game clock into play. River View scored its lone TD in the fourth quarter. The Black Bears have some size upfront with some 200-pounders and 6-foot-7, 315-pound Dalton Slavens, but even in its only win in the first game against Lakewood scored just three touchdowns. High-powered offenses did a lot of damage against the Black Bears last season, and with East Knox dominating its foes early, look for another Bulldog blowout.
Highland at River Valley, 7 p.m.
Highland (0-2) returned to its running game Friday with more success than in Week 1, but host Ontario threw the ball well in winning, 28-7. Although the Scots ran for 223 yards on 55 attempts, with Jack Weaver taking over main rushing duties with 31 carries for 155 yards, QB Kadin Johnson completed just 3 of 11 passes for 29 after throwing for 143 yards in the opener. The defense continued to be vulnerable to the pass, allowing 203 yards against the Warriors after 216 the week before. Highland’s offensive line grew a lot in the second week, and the defensive line and secondary will have to try to match that growth to give the team a chance at victory.
River Valley (2-0) has displayed a strong offense in the first two games, and last week downed Mansfield Madison, 39-14. The Vikings played steady ball throughout, but the Rams kept things close until a 19-point third-quarter allowed River Valley to pull away. The Vikings have scored well in its two games with 40 points in Week 1 against Sandusky, and have given up 32 points for the season. Last season, Highland defeated River Valley 41-8 for its second win of the season and also second in a string of nine games of 36 or more points. As the Scots have scored just seven points through two games this season, the tables might have turned on this series.