Elder (1-0) at Lakota West (1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Lakota West
WHAT TO WATCH: Lakota West led Canton GlenOak 28-6 at halftime last week and Firebirds coach Larry Cox was very pleased with the effort in the first half. But, Cox said the Firebirds played an average second half and need to improve against Elder. “To beat Elder, we will have to eliminate all those self-inflicted wounds,” Cox said. “Those will cost you. We can’t worry about beating Elder; we have to work on doing what we do better. Wins and losses will take care of itself if we improve or not.” Lakota West junior running back Zelwyn Robinson had 11 carries for 111 yards and four touchdowns in Week 1. Senior cornerback Sean Mahone had an 81-yard interception return for a touchdown. Senior Jack Nguyen had a 66-yard punt last week too. Elder defeated visiting Oak Hills 56-14 in Week 1. Elder senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey was 11 of 15 passing for 175 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Ja’Vahri Portis had 114 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Senior cornerback Macks Burke had two interceptions. “I liked the fact that our guys just took care of business,” Elder coach Doug Ramsey said. “They did what we asked and never really took their foot off the pedal.”
Princeton (0-1) at Walnut Hills (1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Walnut Hills
WHAT TO WATCH: Walnut Hills coach George Kontsis was very pleased with his team’s effort and performance in Week 1 against Woodward and wants that to continue Friday night. Walnut Hills defeated Woodward 23-0 and the rushing attack did well in the opener. The Eagles had 244 yards on the ground as a team. Princeton lost to Winton Woods 26-15 in Week 1. Princeton junior defensive lineman Jamal Hines had two blocked punts last week. Vikings coach Calvin Johnson has a young squad but said they have shown promise. “We have a lot of first-year players and played Winton Woods tough,” Johnson said. “If we execute we will compete each week.”
St. Xavier (1-0) at Colerain (1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Colerain
WHAT TO WATCH: Easily one of the most anticipated games this season, Friday night is the 31st meeting between the two programs. St. X leads the series 20-10 including two wins in 2014. Colerain, ranked No. 9 nationally by USA Today, defeated Warren Central 27-16 at Nippert Stadium. Colerain senior quarterback Deshaunte Jones had 14 carries for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Junior fullback Monalo Caldwell had 123 yards rushing and a touchdown. Junior defensive back Amir Riep had two interceptions. Colerain coach Tom Bolden knows his team must get better. St. Xavier defeated Covington Catholic 57-7 and the Bombers were in unfamiliar territory with that large margin against an opponent. “We are still trying to develop an identity on both sides of the ball and this week will go a long way in helping us see our strengths and weaknesses,” St. X coach Steve Specht said. St. X quarterback Sean Clifford threw for two touchdowns and running back Sean Prophit rushed for two touchdowns. St. X will not see a faster team this season and tackling will be key. Colerain must contain the St. X offense which put up 50 points in the first half last week – the most the Bombers scored in a half since 1964.
La Salle (1-0) at East Central, Ind. (2-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at East Central
WHAT TO WATCH: La Salle defeated Carmel 35-28 in Week 1 and the Lancers received several contributions in that season opener. “It was a great win against a very quality opponent,” La Salle coach Jim Hilvert said. “We faced some adversity and were able to overcome it. There are a lot good things we did as a team and several things we can learn from to become a better team.” Senior quarterback Nick Watson threw for 157 yards and rushed for 84 yards in Week 1.Watch for La Salle senior running back Jeremy Larkin (UC commit) in this game early. He had two touchdowns in the first quarter in last season’s 48-0 win over East Central at Lancer Stadium. The Lancers must stop the run and take control in the trenches. East Central defeated Harrison 24-23 in Week 1. Quarterback Luke Patton had 66 yards rushing and three touchdowns for East Central in Week 1. He also threw for 144 yards. Nolan Moser had six receptions for 87 yards. Dustin Ward had 10 tackles. East Central coach Justin Roden said his team will be without three starters due to injury but his players are preparing well for La Salle. “We know that we are overmatched physically and athletically at almost every position and are an obvious underdog,” Roden said. “However, our kids have embraced the challenge of playing one of the best teams not only in the tri-state area, but in the country.”
Upper Arlington (1-0) at Mason (1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Mason Middle School
WHAT TO WATCH: Upper Arlington makes a trip to Southwest Ohio this week and the Golden Bears defeated Dublin Jerome 20-3 last week. Running back Danny Logan rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown last week. Linebacker Mason Myers had 6 1/2 tackles including a sack. Mason senior running back Bryson White had 17 carries for 162 yards and a touchdown last week in the Comets’ 24-17 win over Springboro. Senior free safety Jeron Besecker had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the opener. Senior safety Ty Sponseller (UC commit) had a forced fumble, fumble recovery and an interception. Mason coach Brian Castner said the Comets need to eliminate penalties and value the football.
Fenwick (1-0) at Mount Healthy (1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Mount Healthy
WHAT TO WATCH: Mount Healthy senior David Montgomery rushed for 209 yards and four touchdowns in the Week 1 win over Sycamore. All eyes will be on him again this week. The teams split games over the past two years. Fenwick won the 2013 game and Mount Healthy won the 2014 game. The Falcons defeated Anderson 30-0 in Week 1. Multiple skills players performed well, but Fenwick coach Joe Snively was impressed with the offensive line. Snively expects a physical game that will close late in the second half.
Fairfield (1-0) at Northmont (0-1)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Northmont
WHAT TO WATCH: Fairfield defeated Centerville 35-32 in Week 1. “It was a big win for this program – never have beaten them,” Fairfield coach Jason Krause said. The Indians’ offense line and running game was excellent in its four-minute offense. The Indians were led by several players including senior quarterback Hunter Krause, who was 15 of 20 passing for 215 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back David Keeling had nine carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore defensive lineman Malik Vann had a sack and also scored a fourth-quarter touchdown. The Indians had 435 yards of total offense. Sophomore left tackle Jack Carman (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) played very well in his first varsity start. Northmont lost to Hilliard Darby 21-7 last week. Northmont is big and physical upfront so the Indians must be aware of that. Darby had 25 first downs to Northmont’s nine. Senior defensive lineman James Abrams had a game-high 13 tackles to lead Northmont.
Winton Woods (1-0) at Glen Este (1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Glen Este
WHAT TO WATCH: The Warriors defeated Princeton 26-15 in Week 1. Glen Este defeated Amelia 63-20 in Week 1. Glen Este quarterback Tyler Pilcher was 8 of 9 passing for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Robby Boone rushed eight times for 178 yards and three touchdowns. “The keys will be turnovers, field position and time of possession,” Glen Este coach Nick Ayers said. “We think it is going to be a very tough game. Winton Woods is always good and plays hard.”
Northwest (1-0) at Troy (1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at Troy High School and Middle School
WHAT TO WATCH: Northwest defeated Western Hills 49-14 in Week 1. The offense and special teams were especially sharp in Week 1. Northwest coach Nate Mahon said the Knights are taking a playoff mentality into this week’s game at Troy. “We must play a clean football game and win the turnover battle and the penalty battle,” Mahon said. Troy defeated Chaminade-Julienne 42-31 in Week 1 – the first time since 2011 the Trojans started the season with a win. Quarterback Hayden Kotwica threw for 212 yards and three touchdowns.
Huber Heights Wayne (1-0) at Moeller (1-0)
WHEN/WHERE: 4 p.m. Sunday at Lockland
WHAT TO WATCH: This game will be nationally-televised on ESPNU. This is a rematch of the 2014 state semifinal in which Wayne won 29-22 at Mason in late November. Moeller is expected to be without senior quarterback Thomas MacVittie (knee strain). Junior Evan Ernst played in the late third quarter and the entire fourth quarter in the win over Indianapolis Cathedral last week. The Crusaders’ defense was excellent in Week 1 so watch them against Wayne. The Warriors defeated Canada Prep Academy 38-0 last week. Wayne senior quarterback Messiah DeWeaver threw for 162 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for a touchdown. This is the seventh meeting between Wayne and Moeller and the series is tied at three.