Moeller (5-0, 1-0 GCL South) at La Salle (5-0, 0-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at La Salle
WHAT TO WATCH: This is No. 1 vs. No. 1 in a battle of unbeaten teams. Moeller is ranked No. 1 in the Enquirer Division 1 area coaches’ poll and the Crusaders are ranked No. 24 nationally by MaxPreps and No. 1 in the AP Division I state poll. La Salle is No. 1 in the Division II area poll and No. 2 in the AP Division II state poll. The Moeller run defense that has allowed only 268 yards and 1.8 yards per carry will face its toughest test yet. La Salle has rushed for an average of 352 yards per game and has the top two runners in the GCL South — junior Jeremy Larkin (848 yards) and sophomore Jarell White (506). Both average better than nine yards per carry. Moeller senior quarterback Matt Crable has played well in his first season as the starter and has thrown for 910 yards and eight touchdowns. The Lancers have the top statistical offense (439.2) and defense (154.2) in the GCL South. Moeller has won 11 straight overall and has not lost to a local foe since a 17-13 loss to Elder Oct. 5, 2012.
St. Xavier (3-2, 0-1 GCL South) at Elder (4-1, 0-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Elder
WHAT TO WATCH: St. X has limited opponents to only 204 yards per game and has been as effective against the run as it is against the pass. Sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford has completed 50 of 91 passes for 532 yards and five touchdowns while senor running back Ben Glines has carried 78 times for 353 yards and five scores. Elder junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey directs a balanced Panthers offense that has piled up 343 yards per game. Ramsey has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes to a stable of reliable receivers including Louis Fallace and Garren Messmore. Junior running back Ja’Vahri Portis has carried 80 times for 316 yards and eight touchdowns foe Elder.
Lakota East (5-0, 2-0 GMC) at Colerain (2-3, 2-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Colerain
WHAT TO WATCH: The winner of this game will own first place in the GMC outright with four games to play. Lakota East is the only remaining unbeaten GMC team overall and Colerain has rebounded from an 0-3 start to win its first two conference games. Junior quarterback Dashaunte Jones has rushed for 494 yards and passed for 448 yards. Sophomore running back Monalo Caldwell has 307 yards on 47 carries for the Cardinals. Lakota East owns the GMC’s top defense and has allowed only 175 yards per game. Thunderhawks senior running back David Chenault leads the conference with 716 yards on 104 carries and seven touchdowns. Chenault has rushed for more than 200 yards in a game twice this season.
Harrison (5-0) at Western Brown (5-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Western Brown
WHAT TO WATCH: Harrison senior quarterback Jake Weber leads the Southwest Ohio Conference with 967 yards while completing 67 percent of his passes and has thrown 11 touchdowns. Weber’s top target is junior receiver Mitchell Hogue with 29 catches for 440 yards and five scores. Junior running back Alex Anderson is the top Wildcats rusher with 517 yards on 86 carries and six touchdowns. Harrison boasts the top offense in the SWOC with 398 yards per game on average. The Western Brown offense has not put up less than 28 points in any game this season and reached 59 points in a Week 2 win and 60 points in a Week 4 win. Junior quarterback Chaiten Tomlin has completed 97 of 136 passes for 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns while adding 397 yards on 42 carries and five more touchdowns to lead the Broncos.
Ross (3-2, 1-1 SWOC) at Mount Healthy (5-0, 2-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Mount Healthy
WHAT TO WATCH: Junior David Montgomery directs the Mount Healthy and has carried 101 times for 607 yards and eight touchdowns while adding two touchdown passes. Senior running back Hjavier Pits has added 532 yards on 77 carries and nine touchdowns for the Owls. Ross junior quarterback Dustin Foley does a bit of everything for the Rams and has completed 50 percent of his passes for 429 yards and fours touchdowns to go with 280 yards on 40 carries and three more scores. The workhorse out of the Rams backfield is senior fullback John Kincaid with 556 yards on 81 carries and 10 touchdowns.
Carroll (2-3, 0-2 GCL Co-Ed North) at Badin (4-1, 1-1 GCL Co-Ed Central)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Hamilton High School
WHAT TO WATCH: Badin struggled to stop the run last week in a surprising 42-7 loss at Fencick, allowing 299 yards on the ground and allowing five rushing touchdowns. Junior quarterback Zach Larkin has completed 36 of 64 passes for 594 yards and 11 touchdowns. Junior running backs Cody Boxrucker (322 yards), Cole Heflin (259) and Philip Dozier (113) carry the load for the Rams on the ground. Carroll does most of its limited offensive damage on the ground with senior running backs Marcus LaJeunesse and Patrick Shiner.
Taylor (4-1, 1-1 CHL) at Mariemont (5-0, 2-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Mariemont
WHAT TO WATCH: Something will have to give when offensive powerhouse Mariemont and its 403 yards per game hosts Taylor and its stingy defense that has allowed only 195 yards per game. Senior quarterback Kane Coates has completed 96 of 157 passes for 1,298 yards and 11 touchdowns, but he has thrown seven interceptions. Junior fullback Aaron Urevick has 419 yards on 84 carries and five touchdowns and senior David Cowart has caught five touchdown passes for the Warriors. Senior quarterback Nick Koehn has completed 72 percent of his passes and senior running back Koty Kendall has scored seven touchdowns on the ground for Taylor. Senior linebacker Sean Engels and junior lineman Hunter Murphy have each made 5.5 sacks while senior defensive back Zach Fulton and junior linebacker Ethan Murray have each made two interceptions for Taylor.
North College Hill (2-3, 2-0 MVC) at New Miami (4-1, 1-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at New Miami
WHAT TO WATCH:
Senior defensive end Blake Hensley leads the Miami Valley Conference with eight sacks and has recovered three fumbles while senior defensive back A.J. Kellum has made three interceptions for New Miami. Senior fullback Jimmy York has scored seven touchdowns for the Vikings. Sophomore quarterback Franklin Steward directs the North College Hill offense and has 521 yards and four touchdowns through the air. Senior running back Bennie Lovette leads the Trojans with 424 yards on 65 carries and has scored two touchdowns.
Miamisburg (4-1, 0-0 GWOC South) at Lebanon (2-3, 0-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Lebanon
WHAT TO WATCH: Lebanon has held foes to only 196 yards per game on average. Senior defensive lineman Dylan Gambill leads the Warriors defense with five sacks while senior defensive linemen Jared Burton and Kevin Bishop each have made 4.5 sacks. Senior linebacker Ryan Perkins leads Lebanon with 48 tackles, including 22 solos. Miamisburg does much of its offensive work on the ground and senior running back Chris Young leads the way with 405 yards on 55 carries with six touchdowns.
Fenwick (2-3, 1-1 GCL Co-Ed North) at McNicholas (5-0, 2-0 GCL Co-Ed Central)
WHEN/WHERE: 1 p.m. Saturday at McNicholas
WHAT TO WATCH: Senior linebacker leads the GCL Co-Ed with 50 tackles and leads a McNicholas defense that is second in the conference in total defense with a 190-yards-per-game average. The Rockets limit foes to only 84 yards per game on the ground. Senior quarterback Luke Sulken has completed 75 percent of his pass attempts for 587 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions. Sulken has added 322 yards on 77 carries and three more scores. Senior running back Sean Byrne has carried 69 times for 375 yards and fours touchdowns for the Rockets. Fenwick is coming off a surprising 42-7 win over Badin. Senior running back Warren Kusneske has emerged as an offense force for the Falcons the last three weeks, going for 200, 124 and 130 yards. He scored four of his seven rushing touchdowns last week against Badin.