Danville at Fredericktown (HC), 7 p.m.
Danville (1-5, 1-2) finally got its house in order for its first victory of the season on Friday, defeating Cardington, 24-21. Alex Holt ran for two touchdowns, one in the first quarter that tied the score at 7, and one in the third quarter to put the lead at 24-14. He also caught a TD toss from QB Charlie Cook in the second quarter. Mistakes proved costly for the Blue Devils, as two interceptions and a lost fumble contributed to all three Pirates’ touchdowns, but it was a Danville interception by Langdon Johnson late in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory. Keeping the turnovers to a minimum will go a long way towards defeating Fredericktown this week.
Fredericktown (1-5, 0-3) had very little offense to show in last week’s game against visiting Highland, falling 42-6. A 23-yard Zach Vogelsong TD run in the fourth quarter was much of the Freddies’ 99 yards of rushing offense, which gained just 2.5 yards per carry otherwise. QB Terry Fearn was successful on only one of six throws, but that went for -3 yards. Fredericktown had only four first downs in all, and punted eight times. The defense allowed 395 total yards, 264 via the run, but was also hit for TD passes of 46 and 43 yards. Danville enters the game after its first win of the season, and should be able to exploit the Freddies weaknesses like the Scots did.
Heath at Utica, 7 p.m.
Heath (5-1, 2-0) hosted Watkins Memorial in Week 6, and sent the Warriors packing with a 35-7 loss. Although the Bulldogs trailed 7-0 with just 28 yards in the first half, they turned it on for five touchdowns in the second half. They gained 254 yards rushing out of 284 total, with Xavier Puryear running 22 times for 139 yards. Heath also caused multiple turnovers. The Bulldogs currently are ranked No. 7 in Division IV Region 15, mostly based on a schedule that has had them play only one winning team thus far. The Bulldogs have given up only 14 points in the last three weeks, including a shutout of Lakewood in Week 5, but those teams have only three combined wins.
Utica (0-6, 0-2) was pummeled in the first half of its LCL game against visiting Newark Catholic on Friday, giving up 28 points in each of the first two quarters in losing, 56-8. Poor field position hampered the Redskins all game, and despite allowing 267 total yards, they allowed five scoring runs of 10 or fewer yards. Utica managed only 135 yards, including 105 on 29 rushes. QB Collin McCullough scored the team’s only TD in the fourth quarter, but he also tossed three interceptions and was 6 of 14 for just 30 yards. Heath comes to town with only one loss, to undefeated Licking Valley, and Utica is the third currently-winless team on the Bulldogs’ schedule.
Mount Gilead at Highland, 7 p.m.
Mount Gilead (2-4, 1-2) gave up a game-opening, kickoff-return touchdown and never recovered, falling to Centerburg 28-7 in Week 6. QB Joel Butterman had a good game (11 of 19, 119 yards, one TD), but the running backs gained only 2.9 yards per carry on 36 attempts. The Indians were only 2 of 17 on third-down attempts, but had five of their 13 first downs on fourth-down plays. The defense held strong after allowing 21 first-half points, holding the Trojans scoreless in the second half. Brady Mermann was the game’s leading rusher with 75 yards on 16 carries, but with Highland finding its footing in the past two weeks, his going could get rougher this week.
Highland (2-4, 2-1) got back to the offense that proved so successful in previous seasons, and won its second straight game, 42-6, over Fredericktown. The Scots hammered the Freddies defense with 264 yards on 45 carries, and QB Kadin Johnson completed 5 of 9 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. The defense was stellar, holding Fredericktown to negative yards through the air and just 3.1 yard per run (32-99). Landon Remmert was a big target, catching four passes for 117 yards and two scores, both over 40 yards. Remmert can be an effective deep target again if Highland can maintain a running attack that gets opponents to crowd the box.
Northmor at Cardington, 7 p.m.
Northmor (5-1, 2-1) was shut out in its game against undefeated East Knox in Week 6, falling 41-0. The Golden Knights had its worst offensive game of the season, gaining 167 yards, with 104 yards coming on 30 carries. QB Hunter Mariotti was limited to 8 of 18 passing for a season-low 63 yards after averaging over 150 yards per game thus far, and also threw two interceptions, as many as he had in the first five games. RB Wyatt Reeder had 60 yards on 15 carries, and although the team made three turnovers it also had three takeaways. Northmor has a chance to right its offense this week against Cardington, and remain in the KMAC title hunt.
Cardington (1-5, 1-2) took advantage of three Danville turnovers to score all of its points last Friday, but the Pirates fell, 24-21. Cardington forced three turnovers, two interceptions and a fumble, and two of those led directly to touchdowns. The Pirates were also hurt by their own mistakes, with a bad punt leading to a safety and an interception on a possible game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. Cardington has been without one of its key players, Mason Goers, the whole season, and hasn’t been able to replace his 1,465 rushing yards and 96 points on offense nor his 45 tackles and 12 sacks on defense. Look for Northmor to run up some yards this week.