It has been proven week in and week out that no team is going to just hand over a third straight Tri-Eastern Conference championship to the Northeastern High School football team.
The Knights, however, continue to find ways to get it done, and once again find themselves as the last remaining TEC unbeaten.
Longtime rival Centerville is certainly not going to lay down, but the Knights have all the momentum on their side as they look to continue their 13-game TEC win streak.
The Wayne County rivalry highlights five things to watch in are football this week:
• Last winless team visits last TEC unbeaten
During Northeastern’s two-year reign as TEC champion, it has suffered just one conference loss, and that came at the hands of Centerville in 2013.
Northeastern hasn’t lost to a TEC opponent yet, and they look to keep that streak going Friday night in Fountain City.
Centerville came oh-so-close of getting its first win of the season last Saturday, but were turned away by an improving Union City.
Centerville is the last winless team remaining in the area.
• Trail, Eaton look to build
First-year head coach Randy Kerns finally got his first win at National Trail, and a week after getting his, Eaton first-year head coach Brad Davis fell just short in an overtime conference loss to Franklin.
Trail hosts Ansonia and Eaton travel to Bellbrook as the rookie coaches look to improve as they enter the meat of the conference seasons in Ohio.
• Tigers take on Titans
With the hype entering the 2015 season, Hagerstown was disappointed with its 0-4 start to the season.
However, the tough part of the schedule is behind the Tigers, which followed a similar start to last season with a 5-2 finish.
Hagerstown hosts a much-improved Tri High, but things are starting to come together for the hungry and talented Tigers.
• Still in the hunt
Winchester, Union City and Lincoln all have just one TEC loss, and the Indians get home-field advantage in this year’s Randolph County rivalry game opposite the Class 2A No. 10 Falcons.
Lincoln’s first TEC loss came last week against Winchester and the Golden Eagles look to rebound as they host Union County.
The way Northeastern has been playing, two losses almost eliminate any hopes of a shot at the title, so all three teams must enter Friday with the ‘must-win’ mentality.
• Falcons among TEC’s top
Winchester has leaders in almost every statistical category in the TEC.
As expected, Kiante Enis leads with his 848 rushing yards and 90 points, while Elias Gates is second with his 252 receiving yards, Austin Lawrence is second with 521 passing yards, Titus Edwards (86 tackles) and Dillon Williams (76) are second and third, respectively, in total tackles and Cullen Hall is second with his three interceptions.
Other leaders are Nick Cupp (545 passing yards), Ben Bertsch (257 receiving) and Chase Hokey (104 tackles) of Lincoln, and Jake Slinker (four interceptions) and Gunnar Adams (four sacks) of Northeastern.