Coming off back-to-back road wins, the East Tartans (2-1) return to Allard Park tonight as they host the Raceland (Ky.) Rams.
For East coach Todd Gilliland, he knows preparing for Raceland (2-2) is not the easiest thing to accomplish. In order to get the most out of his team, Gilliland announced a clean injury report for the first time all season.
"We're going in as healthy as we can be," Gilliland said.
The goals will be to match the intensity and stop the Rams' stable of running backs led by Brian Caudill and Marcus Reed. Last week, Reed rushed for 101 yards and 4 touchdowns on 15 carries as Raceland beat Greenup County 42-6.
"We've just got to get those guys before the get going," Gilliland said.
Lancaster Fairfield Christian Academy at Green
Even without starting quarterback Steven Blanton, Green is 2-1 entering tonight's home game with Lancaster Fairfield Christian Academy.
The Knights (3-0) operate an eight-man front, usually a 5-3 or 6-2 look, and Bobcats coach Dan McDavid knows how his team will attack it.
"We should know how to block an eight-man front," McDavid said. "We're hoping we're able to run the football against them and eat some clock."
Blanton, who has not been in a game this season, may be back in a limited role next week when Green travels to Fayetteville. Until then, Cody Bruce — a wide receiver — will still be taking snaps under center.
Piketon at Westfall
For the first time in a decade, no Scioto Valley Conference team enters league play as a playoff participant from the previous season.
With that being said, the SVC race will be wide open and it gets started tonight as Piketon travels to Williamsport to take on the Westfall Mustangs.
The Redstreaks will look to get back on track after dropping last week's game 26-14 at Minford. Westfall gained its first win of the season last Saturday with a 41-22 home victory over Pickaway County rival Circleville.
Defense will be key in this contest as Piketon allowed 14 points in its opening-week victory over Pike County nemesis Waverly but has allowed 56 points in its two defeats. The Mustangs have gave up 42 and 55 points to Ashville Teays Valley and Circleville Logan Elm in back-to-back games.
The quarterback duel will highlight the game match-up. The Redstreaks' Isaac Brabson will be in his first SVC game at the position while Westfall will be directed by Trent Williamson.
Minford at Meigs
Both the Marauders and visiting Falcons have identical 2-1 records this fall, and both are coming off victories in Week 3. Meigs shut out River Valley last weekend 22-0 for their second straight win of the fall, while Minford posted a 26-14 triumph over Piketon to get over .500.
The Falcons are averaging 24.7 points per game offensively while allowing 13 points as a defense. Minford defeated South Point 41-12 in the season opener and lost a 13-7 decision to Wellston in its home opener.
Meigs is averaging 18.7 points offensively and allowing 21 points per game as a defense, despite owning a 2-1 record. The Marauders lost their season opener at Coal Grove by a 43-7 count, but rebounded in Week 2 with a 27-20 victory at Fairland.
Chancey, the only coach to ever lead Meigs High School to the gridiron playoffs (2008), is 99-84 for his career over 18-plus seasons with the Maroon and Gold.
The Falcons racked up 426 total yards of offense last weekend against Piketon, including a whopping 419 rushing yards on 49 attempts — an average of 8.6 yards per carry. Minford also allowed just 263 total yards defensively, including 131 rushing yards on 19 tries.
The Falcons had three ball carriers goes over the century mark in rushing last week. Nate Caudill had 12 carries for 125 yards and two TDs, followed by Tyler Gaines with 18 totes for 123 yards. Kyle Snyder also had nine carries for 114 yards and a score.