Jonathan Alder Pioneers vs. North Union Wildcats
Where: North Union High School, Richwood
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Records: Jonathan Alder 6-1 overall, 4-0 Mid Ohio Athletic Conference; North Union 4-3 overall, 2-2 MOAC
Last year: Jonathan Alder won 21-13
Last week: Jonathan Alder defeated Marion Harding 35-14; North Union defeated Fairbanks 46-21
Keys for North Union
Produce points on offense. Even faced with a good defense, Alder can put points on the scoreboard so Wildcats will have to do the same.
Slow the JA running game led by Sean Sullivan, who has 679 rushing yards this season.
Do what they can with monster Alder receiver Trey Pugh, who uses his big frame to get to where he wants to be in Pioneers’ passing game.
Keys for Jonathan Alder
Protect QB Preston Eisnaugle. The JA signal caller is completing 65 percent of his passes.
Focus defensively on NU RB Nate Hammons, the key to the Wildcats’ offense with 842 rushing yards and 12 TDs despite missing nearly two games with an injury.
Win to keep hopes alive for a home playoff game. Pioneers are second in their computer region this week.
Stat of the week
Hammons is averaging 10.9 yards per rush, which is second in all divisions in the Central District.