Wyoming (3-1, 1-0 CHL) at Taylor (4-0, 1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Taylor
WHAT TO WATCH: Wyoming defeated Madeira 54-8 last week and the Cowboys had 408 yards of total offense. Sophomore quarterback Andrew Marty has thrown for 688 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Senior wide receiver Duke Brunke has 12 receptions for 219 yards and five touchdowns. Junior linebacker Tucker Berger has a team-high 41 tackles along with two sacks. Junior defensive back Mason Rogers has three interceptions, including one last week. “The team is excited about another opportunity this Friday against a well-coached and talented Taylor team,” Wyoming coach Aaron Hancock said. Taylor is 4-0 for the second straight year. Senior running back Koty Kendall has rushed for 425 yards and six touchdowns. Junior defensive lineman Hunter Murphy has 5.5 sacks. Senior defensive back Zach Fulton and junior linebacker Ethan Murray each have two interceptions.
Loveland (2-2, 1-0 ECC) at Kings (4-0, 1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday behind Kings Junior High School
WHAT TO WATCH: One of the more intriguing games of the weekend. Kings sophomore quarterback Tyler Knecht has played well this season – throwing for 555 yards and rushing for 225 yards. Senior running back DeAndre Barnett leads the ECC with 672 yards rushing. Junior Blake Bockrath has a league-leading seven sacks. Loveland has won two straight since it lost two to begin the season. Junior quarterback Drew Plitt has thrown for 538 yards. Sophomore running back Luke Waddell has rushed for 392 yards. Senior linebacker Dylan Norton has 4.5 sacks. Kings coach Andy Olds said the Knights must contain the Loveland ground attack and then control the line of scrimmage offensively. “Our guys and coaches are looking forward to the challenge,” Olds said.
Moeller (4-0) at St. Xavier (3-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at St. Xavier
WHAT TO WATCH: Moeller is ranked No. 24 nationally by MaxPreps and the Crusaders are ranked No. 1 in the AP Division I state poll. The Moeller run defense has been very good and that will be one factor to watch in the GCL South opener for both teams. Moeller senior quarterback Matt Crable continues to play well and has thrown for 787 yards and eight touchdowns. St. X played well defensively in its win over Indianapolis Cathedral last week including senior linebacker Cole Jones who had 11 tackles and three sacks. Sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford continues to progress well. The Bombers want to improve upfront and in red-zone situations. This is the 58th meeting between Moeller and St. X.
Talawanda (2-2, 0-1 SWOC) at Harrison (4-0, 1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Harrison
WHAT TO WATCH: Watch the running attack early in this game. Talawanda senior running back Maurice Thomas (Miami University commit) has rushed for 770 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s caught five passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Harrison junior running back Alex Anderson is fourth in the SWOC with 426 yards – he had a career-high 172 yards last week in a 56-6 win over Little Miami.
Northwest (3-1) at La Salle (4-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at La Salle
WHAT TO WATCH: Northwest defeated Ross 35-23 last week. Senior running back Corey McGinnis rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns in that game. The Knights average 22 points and 277 yards of total offense. La Salle, ranked No. 2 in the AP Division II state poll, defeated Bishop Dwenger (Ind.) 28-7 last week. Junior Jeremy Larkin rushed for 210 yards and a touchdown in the game for the Lancers. He has 656 yards this season.
CHCA (4-0, 1-0 MVC) at Summit Country Day (4-0, 1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Summit Country Day
WHAT TO WATCH: Both teams are undefeated and this is definitely one of the better games of the first half of the season. Summit Country Day sophomore defensive lineman Andrew Bissmeyer has 37 solo tackles and 4.5 sacks. Sophomore quarterback Duke Tobin has thrown for 340 yards and five touchdowns. CHCA junior Johnny Noyen is one of four Ohio quarterbacks to have thrown for over 1,000 yards in the Cincinnati area. He has thrown for 11 touchdowns. Senior Cam Murray has 18 receptions for 349 yards and five touchdowns.
Tunica Rosa Fort (1-4) at Elder (3-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Elder
WHAT TO WATCH: Elder enjoyed its 21-14 win over MaxPreps national No. 1 ranked Lakewood St. Edward last week, but players and coaches will tell you the focus is on this week’s opponent. Elder junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey continues to be impressive and he threw for a career-high 274 yards last week against the Eagles. Senior wide receiver Louis Faillace had 13 receptions for 145 yards. Ryan Furniss (eight tackles), Sam Coffaro (seven tackles) and Kyle Orloff (six tackles) were among the defensive standouts last week. Tunica, about 15 miles south of Memphis, is a 4A program (out of six divisions) that is traveling out of state for the first time, according to coach Edwin Norwood. The team went 11-2 last season and to the third round of the playoffs. This year’s schedule has included multiple difficult opponents, Norwood said. Watch for junior offensive tackle Elbert Watson (6-6, 315), senior RB/LB Derrick Kinel, junior RB/QB Kevin Perkins and junior DT Hal Northern. This is a spread team that will run or pass depending on the situation. Junior WR Tarquise Harris leads the team in scoring.
Colerain (1-3, 1-0 GMC) at Lakota West (2-2, 1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lakota West
WHAT TO WATCH: Lakota West senior quarterback Blake Darland leads the GMC with 970 passing yards. Senior running back Kole Gentry is second in the GMC with 549 rushing yards. Gentry had a career-high 165 yards to go along with three touchdowns in the Firebirds’ 27-24 win at Middletown last week. Sophomore running Zelwyn Robinson had eight receptions for 91 yards last week – he has 21 receptions for 351 yards on the season. Colerain defeated Fairfield 24-7 last week after the Cardinals lost the first three games of the season. Junior quarterback Dashaunte Jones rushed for 120 yards last week for the Cardinals. Senior running back Jordan Asberry rushed for two touchdowns. Junior Jalen Spears record two sacks.
Lakota East (4-0, 1-0 GMC) at Fairfield (2-2, 0-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Fairfield Junior High
WHAT TO WATCH: Lakota East defeated Mason for the first time last week since Rick Haynes became Thunderhawks coach five years ago. Lakota East is the only undefeated team in the Greater Miami Conference. Senior running back David Chenault rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns last week. That was his second straight week of 200-plus yards (284 against Northmont Sept. 12). Chenault has 568 yards and seven touchdowns this season. The four returning linebackers have also played well for Lakota East. Fairfield junior quarterback Hunter Krause is second in the GMC with 687 passing yards. Junior wide receiver TC Wells has 15 receptions for 305 yards. Sophomore cornerback Josiah Scott has four interceptions.
Oak Hills (1-3, 1-0 GMC) at Sycamore (2-2, 0-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Saturday at Sycamore Junior High
WHAT TO WATCH: This is the second game on the WSTR-TV (Channel 64) schedule. Oak Hills defeated Hamilton 20-10 last week. Oak Hills senior wide receiver Jason Walters leads with the GMC with 439 yards receiving. Sophomore quarterback Cooper Scholz was 10 of 14 passing for 122 yards and a touchdown last week. Senior outside linebacker Jordan Holt has three sacks. Sycamore lost to Princeton last week. Sycamore sophomore running back Ra’Von Bonner (UC offer) had 20 carries for 157 yards and two touchdowns last week.