Turpin (3-0) at Kings (3-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday behind Kings Junior High
WHAT TO WATCH: This is one of the most intriguing games of the weekend. Kings and Turpin are two of three Eastern Cincinnati Conference teams that are undefeated this season (Glen Este being the other). Kings junior quarterback Tyler Knecht has thrown for 597 yards and three touchdowns. He also has 309 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Senior running back Avery Koller rushed for 315 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-34 win over Hamilton last week. Junior defensive lineman Dan Sichterman has six sacks. Turpin senior quarterback Bennie Stoll has 421 yards passing and five touchdowns. Junior Luke Bohenek has 380 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Junior outside linebacker Jack Tyszkiewicz has 4 ½ sacks and is playing “lights out,” according to Turpin coach Rob Stoll. Linebackers Colin Thompson and Lang Evans are leading the team in tackles. Senior free safety Dylan Padget is playing his best football and is a three-year starter, Rob Stoll said.
Kings coach Andy Olds said the Knights are one of the most resilient teams he’s had since 1998. “I told our guys after the game that it was time to push the reset button,” Olds said. “And to take the good, the great and the bad from these first three games and set your practice goals based on your greatest areas that you can improve on.” Rob Stoll wants his team to prevent the big play and stop the run. “We must play mistake free football,” Stoll said.
Indianapolis Cathedral (3-1) at St. Xavier (2-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at St. Xavier
WHAT TO WATCH: St. Xavier defeated Mentor 59-13 last week as the Bombers gained 467 yards of total offense. Junior quarterback Sean Clifford (Penn State commit) was 17 of 23 passing for 283 yards and five touchdowns. Four players had touchdown receptions including two from senior tight end Noah Davis (Michigan State). Senior defensive lineman Michael McCuen had five tackles last week, including 1 ½ sacks.
Cathedral arrives in Cincinnati this week for its second Greater Catholic League South division opponent this season. Moeller defeated Cathedral 21-19 at Nippert Stadium on Aug. 28. Cathedral coach Rick Streiff said the Irish are more confident offensively than a few weeks ago. Watch for Cathedral sophomore running back Markese Stepp in this game – he’s had a productive season and picked up his first offer from Indiana this past weekend. He had eight carries for 99 yards in a win over Bishop Chatard last week, according to the Indianapolis Star.
“We’ve played one another for so long that there really aren’t many surprises,” St. X coach Steve Specht said. “Like Rick said, there will be a number of wrinkles but you don’t change the things that have made you successful.”
Colerain (2-1) at Mason (2-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Mason Middle School
WHAT TO WATCH: Look to see how the Cardinals respond after a close loss at La Salle last week. Colerain senior quarterback Deshaunte Jones had 210 net rushing yards and two touchdowns and also threw for a score against La Salle. Watch for his playmaking ability in space – he had an 80-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter last week. Mason defeated Winton Woods 41-27 last week. The Comets rallied from a 21-0 deficit early in the second quarter. Mason senior Nick Pearson had an 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last week. Jeron Besecker had a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown in the game too.
Indian Hill (3-0) at Wyoming (3-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Wyoming
WHAT TO WATCH: Keep an eye on the passing game in this showdown. Indian Hill junior Reed Aicholz has thrown for 846 yards and five touchdowns. Junior Dawson Aicholz (254 receiving yards), senior Nick Heidel (246) and sophomore Colin Shaw (203) have been key receivers for the Braves. Wyoming senior quarterback Andrew Marty, senior running back Justin Shields and junior wide receiver Jake Edmonds are among the offensive standouts for the Cowboys. Senior linebacker Tucker Berger has a team-high 34 tackles. “It will be a great atmosphere and we have been excited about this one for quite some time,” Indian Hill coach Tony Arcuri said.
Northwest (3-0) at Ross (2-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Ross
WHAT TO WATCH: Ross senior quarterback Dustin Foley has thrown for 500 yards and five touchdowns. He has also rushed for 254 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Cole Hannon has 257 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He also has a forced fumble, fumble recovery, an interception and a touchdown on defense. Ross defeated host Western Brown 48-46 last week. “I like our kids’ heart,” Ross coach Brian Butts said. “We only dressed 32 healthy kids against Western Brown. We have a lot going both ways.” Watch the lines of scrimmage in this game. Northwest coach Nate Mahon said the Knights want to slow down the Ross offense, which is fast and has made significant plays the first three weeks. “Our guys are really excited to start SWOC league play this week,” Mahon said. “We need to have a great week of practice and get better with those things that we like to do.” Watch for junior running back Devonte Faulkner, junior quarterback Brandon Shelton and junior wide receiver/running back Ronnell Turner. Defensively, senior linebackers Harvey Berry and Larry Bruce have been consistent.
Fairfield (3-0) at Sycamore (1-2)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Sycamore Junior High
WHAT TO WATCH: Watch for Sycamore’s rushing game behind senior Clarence Dawson (385 yards and three touchdowns) and junior Ra’Von Bonner (384 yards and eight touchdowns). Junior quarterback Jake Borman was 17 of 25 passing for 226 yards in a 27-21 loss to Trotwood-Madison last week. Bonner had 121 yards and two touchdowns last week. Fairfield defeated Dublin Coffman 28-7 last week. Fairfield senior quarterback Hunter Krause has thrown for 588 yards and five touchdowns. Senior running back David Keeling has rushed for 269 yards including 116 last week against Coffman. Junior cornerback Josiah Scott has played well. “The message this week is, it’s a new season,” Fairfield coach Jason Krause said. “It is GMC football. Every opponent is well coached, they work hard and they come to play.”
Don Bosco Prep, N.J. (2-1) at Moeller (2-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Lockland
WHAT TO WATCH: This is the first of a home-and-home series for the two teams. Don Bosco Prep has several players to watch including senior running back/wide receiver Malik Bakker, sophomore running back/wide receiver Kevin Brennan, senior center Mike Maietti and senior defensive end Brandon Simon (Iowa commit). Moeller defeated Xenia 42-12 last week. Junior backup quarterback Pete Lampert threw for 111 yards and four touchdowns. Junior running back Hunter Hughes had 12 carries for 209 yards and a touchdown. Moeller coach John Rodenberg said he expects this will be a typical GCL physical game. The key for Moeller will be able to throw against Don Bosco.
Christian Brothers, Tenn. (3-0) at La Salle (3-0)
WHEN/WHERE: Noon Saturday at La Salle
WHAT TO WATCH: Look at how La Salle responds after an emotional win over Colerain last week. The Lancers are ranked No. 25 nationally by the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 rankings including No. 1 in Ohio. La Salle is ranked No. 22 nationally by USA Today. Lancers coach Jim Hilvert was quick to point out immediately after the game that La Salle shouldn’t let its guard down against Christian Brothers. La Salle senior quarterback Nick Watson threw for 108 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown last week. Junior Jarell White scored three touchdowns for the Lancers – including a 90-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. Christian Brothers, which is located in Memphis, runs a multiple-I offense and a 4-3 defense. Senior tailback Austin Lee is the team’s best skill player. Watch for junior quarterback Keegan Voss and versatile receiver Cole Kelly, who is a senior. “La Salle will be our toughest opponent to date,” Christian Brothers coach Thomas McDaniel said. “We must handle the eight-hour travel on Friday and respond early to the noon kickoff.”
Roger Bacon (3-0) at Badin (3-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton
WHAT TO WATCH: Roger Bacon defeated Western Hills 34-20 last week. “For us, we need to keep having the big plays that have helped us so far,” Roger Bacon coach Mike Blaut said. “Jordan Williams and Trey Hennekes can score from anywhere.” Williams, an Indiana State commit, has scored on a pass reception, rush, punt return, kickoff return and an interception return. Expect the Spartans offensive line to be challenged by the size of the Badin defense. Badin senior quarterback Zach Larkin has thrown for 505 yards and four touchdowns. Senior linebacker Cody Boxrucker has rushed for 345 yards and six touchdowns. He has 21 tackles this season. “The keys for us to win will be shutting down Cody Boxrucker, their running back,” Blaut said. “He is the best back we have seen all year and will be difficult to slow down.”
Elder (3-0) at Lakewood St. Edward (2-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Saturday at Baldwin Wallace
WHAT TO WATCH: Elder is ranked No. 1 in the season’s first Associated Press statewide media poll. The Panthers are led by senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey, who has thrown for 528 yards and five touchdowns. He has rushed for 315 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Ja’Vahri Portis has rushed for 366 yards and 11 touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Nick Hall has 12 receptions for 214 yards and five touchdowns. “We are playing very well offensively,” Elder coach Doug Ramsey said. “We have been pretty efficient. Our offensive line is playing well which allows our skill guys to make some plays.” Senior linebacker Ryan Furniss and senior defensive back Ben Allison have a team-leading 15 tackles each. Elder’s defense has made a significant improvement against the run and is playing physical, according to Ramsey. St. Ed’s coach Tom Lombardo said containing Ramsey will be key for the Eagles. “He’s a three-year starter and is a great dual-threat guy,” Lombardo said. Watch for senior running back Cole Gest (Indiana commit), senior quarterback Jimmy Keefe, senior defensive end Mike O’Malley, senior safety Kyle Fallon and senior defensive lineman Cal Reynolds for the Eagles.