All of a sudden, National Trail’s football team has won two straight games.
It’s early, and the Blazers have a ways to go before returning to the success seen in 2012, but they’ve taken a couple steps in the right direction.
National Trail and Eaton both had conference wins in Ohio football last week, while in Indiana, Northeastern has all the power until somebody can knock off the Knights.
Here are five things to watch entering Friday night’s football action:
Buckeye teams surging
Eaton’s next win will match the Eagles’ total from the 2014 season. A win over Bellbrook last week already matched their SWBL Southwestern Division total.
The Eagles’ Lew Bowser is third in the SWBL Southwestern Division with 475 passing yards, while Austin Hartzler is fifth with 264.
Shelby Ward (161 yards) and Tyrell David (149) are third and fourth, respectively, in receiving yards, while Damon Willard is fifth with his 445 rushing yards.
According to stats provided by MaxPreps.com, National Trail’s Michael Bane is second in the Cross County Conference with his 380 passing yards, while Ben Sullivan is third with 106 receiving yards and 232 on the ground.
National Trail (2-3, 1-2) travels to Arcanum, while Eaton (2-3, 1-1) is at home vs. Monroe.
Enis breaks 1,000
Kiante Enis rushed for 239 yards during last Friday’s win at Union City to surpass 1,000 rushing yards on the season.
The Mr. Football candidate and Michigan commit will have his hands full against Shenandoah, the team that limited him to 57 yards in last year’s Class 2A sectional championship game.
The Falcons are a different team, and will be harder to figure out, while the Raiders are down to Class A.
A win for Class 2A state-ranked Winchester would be their its straight.
Wayne County battle
Hagerstown and Centerville have had some historic meetings throughout history with the Tri-Eastern Conference title on the line.
This year, the two meet with a little bit of a different feeling.
Centerville is the last remaining winless team, and the Bulldogs are facing tougher competition as the season progresses. The Bulldogs are young, but they are learning. Hagerstown has won two straight after a 0-4 start, and the Tigers hope to continue their surge as the teams meet in Centerville.
Knights meet challenge
Northeastern head coach Mike Roeder is never too comfortable, and the Knights defense must prepare for a tough challenge from Union County’s triple-option offense.
The Patriots haven’t put it all together yet while the Knights have found ways to win.
Roeder says his team will have its hands full as the Knights travel to Liberty to take on Union County, looking to extend their TEC winning streak to 15 straight games.
Eagles, Indians jelling
Lincoln pulled out a tough victory last week in a back-and-forth battle vs. Union County, similar to the way Union City outlasted Centerville the week before.
The two teams meet in Union City as Lincoln seeks to maintain its conference hopes alive.
Lincoln and Winchester each have just one TEC loss, as they chase TEC champion and leader Northeastern.