Mariemont (3-1, 0-1 CHL) at Indian Hill (4-0, 1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Indian Hill
WHAT TO WATCH: Mariemont lost to Taylor 28-14 last week. Senior Joey Kromer has thrown for 561 yards and five touchdowns. He’s rushed for 256 yards and four touchdowns. Mariemont coach Kurry Commins said his team needs to take care of the ball, make plays and prevent Indian Hill’s significant big-play potential. “We have a stern challenge but it is a challenge and opportunity we are excited for,” Commins said. Indian Hill defeated Wyoming 19-14 last week. Indian Hill coach Tony Arcuri said the players and coaches have learned to trust each other and that was evident in the win over the Cowboys. Indian Hill junior quarterback Reed Aicholz has thrown for 1,043 yards and seven touchdowns. He has rushed for 411 yards and eight touchdowns. “Reed has the size and ability to take over a game and I think he has his best games ahead of him,” Arcuri said. “His potential is still developing.”
Madeira (3-1, 1-0 CHL) at Reading (4-0, 1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Reading
WHAT TO WATCH: Controlling the line of scrimmage will be key in this game. Both teams run the ball more than they pass so the ground game will be of utmost importance. Madeira defeated Finneytown 38-6 last week. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Johnson had 10 carries for 163 yards and a touchdown and had 83 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Senior linebacker Jacob Megois has 49 tackles (33 solo) this season. Senior linemen Nick Gelhaus, Eddie Englert, Jeremy Mason, and Sam Waddington have been playing well, according to Madeira coach Mike Shafer. Reading has a 4-0 record for the first time since the 2006 season. Reading defeated Finneytown 31-8 last week. Senior linebacker JD Vanover had 11 tackles last week. “Madeira is a well-coached team that is physical and plays hard,” Reading coach Pat McLaughlin said. “They are very good up front.”
Summit Country Day (2-2) at Cincinnati Country Day (4-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Cincinnati Country Day
WHAT TO WATCH: Cincinnati Country Day defeated Lockland 41-7 last week. Darryn Jordan had 10 carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Myles Jackson had three receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown. “We are getting great performances on offense from our three senior running backs, Darryn Jordan, Nick Sam and Kunal Minhas,” Cincinnati Country Day coach Tim Dunn said. “Our first year senior quarterback J’Quaan Waite has been an efficient passer.” Summit Country Day lost to Miami Valley Christian Academy 35-30 last week. The Silver Knights are well-balanced with a physical running game and a group of athletic receivers.
Glen Este (4-0, 1-0 ECC) at Turpin (4-0, 1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Turpin
WHAT TO WATCH: One of three games featuring undefeated area teams this weekend. Glen Este defeated Loveland 48-45 in overtime last week. The Trojans are 4-0 for the first time since the 2006 season, according to athletic director Dan Simmons. Glen Este senior quarterback Tyler Pilcher was 20 of 37 passing and four touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Jacob Hamilton had six receptions for 162 yards and three touchdowns. “Turpin is the most dynamic and well-rounded team we have played thus far,” Glen Este coach Nick Ayers said. “They have a great defense that runs to the ball very well.” Turpin defeated Kings 20-16 last week. Turpin senior quarterback Bennie Stoll threw for 249 yards last week. Junior Luke Bohenek had 85 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He had seven receptions for 88 yards. Turpin coach Rob Stoll said Pilcher and Boone help make the Trojans’ offense explosive and difficult to stop. Stoll has emphasized fundamentals in practice this week. “Our best chance is improving this week in practice on the little things from getting off blocks to communication and not letting their tempo confuse us,” Stoll said.
Centerville (2-2) at Elder (3-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Elder
WHAT TO WATCH: Elder lost to host Lakewood St. Edward 31-20 last week but Panthers coach Doug Ramsey was proud of his team’s effort throughout the game. Watch for Elder senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey, who has thrown for 879 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 324 yards and a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Nick Hall has 351 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. He had nine receptions for 137 yards and two scores last week. Senior wide receiver Robby Oswald had a season-high 129 yards receiving along with a touchdown last week. Centerville defeated Trotwood-Madison 36-33 last week. The Elks scored on a 14-yard touchdown reception with 39 seconds remaining in that game. Watch for senior quarterback Jacob Harrison, who has thrown for 978 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns. “We are playing a good team on Friday,” Ramsey said. “They are 2-2 but could easily be 4-0. They can score a lot of points. They have a good dual threat quarterback. On defense, they are very multiple and blitz a bunch. We have to contain big plays and be very physical.”
Fenwick (4-0, 1-0 GCL Coed North) at Badin (4-0, 1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Hamilton
WHAT TO WATCH: This is one of the most intriguing games of the weekend. Look for a very physical game. Fenwick, ranked No. 5 in the AP Division IV state poll, has three shutouts this season including last week’s 24-0 win over Alter. Watch for Fenwick senior running back Michael Sheridan, who had 143 rushing yards last week. Senior Nathan Jeffers had 68 yards and two touchdowns last week. Senior linebacker Ben Hinton had a season-high eight tackles, including two sacks last week. Badin, ranked No. 3 in the state poll, defeated Roger Bacon 49-13 last week. Senior quarterback Zach Larkin had 151 yards passing and a touchdown. Senior running back Cody Boxrucker had 134 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Senior defensive end Dominic Valentino had seven tackles, including two sacks. “Fenwick has an excellent team,” Badin coach Bill Tenore said. “I believe we can win the game if we are turnover free, play great special teams and allow no big plays on defense.”
Mason (2-2, 0-1 GMC) at Fairfield (4-0, 1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Fairfield Stadium
WHAT TO WATCH: Fairfield, ranked No. 3 in the AP Division I state poll, continues to play well offensively. Senior quarterback Hunter Krause was 13 of 18 passing for 257 yards and four touchdowns. The Indians had 431 yards of total offense for the game. Senior running back David Keeling had 14 carries for 143 yards. The offensive line will continue to be a key for the Indians. Mason lost to Colerain 21-7 last week. Mason senior safety Ty Sponseller (UC commit) has three interceptions for the Comets, including one last week.
Goshen (3-1) at Williamsburg (3-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Williamsburg
WHAT TO WATCH: Goshen defeated Clermont Northeastern 63-0 last week. Goshen sophomore Jimmy Strunk rushed 14 times for 146 yards and three touchdowns. Williamsburg defeated Fayetteville Perry 17-6 last week. Three Williamsburg running backs have had 100-yard games including Spencer Clowery, Kurt Meisberger and Dawson Davis. Senior quarterback Zach Ward has done an efficient job as a first-year quarterback. Meisberger, a linebacker on defense, and junior defensive tackle Noah Williams lead the team in tackles. Williamsburg coach Scott Lefker said he expects Friday will be the toughest game this season to date. “We really do not match up well with their size and speed so we are going to have to be at our best to be competitive,” Lefker said. “Our keys will be to control the ball and keep it out of their hands.”
La Salle (4-0) at Northwest (4-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Northwest
WHAT TO WATCH: La Salle, ranked No. 1 in the AP Division II state poll and No. 20 nationally by USA Today, won its 12th consecutive game last week which dates back to 2014. Senior running back Jeremy Larkin had nine carries 289 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Christian Brothers (Tenn.). The UC commit also had three receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns. “Jeremy had a great performance but nothing surprises me about him,” La Salle coach Jim Hilvert said. “His six touchdowns happened very fast. It is kind of ironic how all these people were asking last week about what happened to his production and then he puts on a display Saturday.” Senior linebacker Hayden Jester had 10 tackles last week, including 1.5 sacks. “The one thing that sticks out right now is we are creating turnovers on defense and getting our offense more possessions,” Hilvert said. Northwest defeated Ross 46-6 last week. It was the third time this season the Knights scored 40-plus points. Junior quarterback Brandon Shelton was 12 of 18 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Senior linebacker Lloyd Wichter had two interceptions last week for the Knights. Northwest coach Nate Mahon says the Lancers are an excellent team and the Knights are looking forward to see how they stack up against them. “We are excited at the opportunity to host a GCL South team,” Mahon said. “We’ve got a ‘nothing to lose’ mentality. LaSalle is a program with a tremendous amount of resources and we are one that is hoping to improve ours in the near future.”
St. Xavier (3-1) at Moeller (2-2)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Nippert Stadium
WHAT TO WATCH: This is the 61st meeting between the GCL South rivals. “You really don’t have to say a lot once you get into the GCL South,” St. Xavier coach Steve Specht said. “This is the goal of every young man that dreams of playing at a GCL school. I say it every year – there may be leagues in this country that are as good as the GCL South but there isn’t a league that is better top to bottom. I believe that.” St. Xavier, ranked No. 9 in the AP Division I state poll, defeated Indianapolis Cathedral 31-17 last week. Specht likes the team’s stamina late in the game last week and attributes that to solid conditioning. The Bombers had three rushing touchdowns including one each from running backs Sean Prophit and Pete Rumpke and quarterback Sean Clifford (Penn State commit), who also threw for a touchdown. Senior defensive back Griffin Buczek had a team-high 13 tackles to go along with an interception. Moeller lost to Don Bosco Prep 31-14 last week. Moeller coach John Rodenberg said he’s pleased with the Crusaders defensive line but the secondary needs to catch up. Moeller senior tight end Jake Hausmann (Ohio State) had a season-high 11 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. He continues to show why he is an elite tight end from a national perspective. Junior tight end Matt Doston returns after he had surgery on his hand in the offseason. Junior wide receiver Cam Buford had five receptions for 72 yards. Senior quarterback Thomas MacVittie (Pitt commit) returned from a knee strain and threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns after being out since late in the season opener Aug. 28. “He is a very talented quarterback,” Specht said. “Obviously containing what they do offensively is a key.” Moeller senior defensive back Tyler Burandt had 10 tackles last week. Rodenberg said his team is looking forward to Friday night. “It’s X week so our guys are pumped,” he said.