A pair of area high school football teams will looking to remain unbeaten when action kicks off Friday night.
Harrison Central and Shadyside have both started 2-0 this season, with the Huskies winning a nail-biter in Week 1 before blowing out Weir in the second week. Meanwhile, the Tigers have pounded Strasburg and Monroe Central.
Justin Kropka and his Huskies will finally make their home debut in Cadiz. Harrison Central will entertain Caldwell (0-2).
Shadyside, under veteran head coach Mark Holenka, will travel north on Ohio 7 to Jefferson County where the Tigers will take on 0-2 Toronto at Clarke Hinkle Stadium in the Gem City.
In other action of local interest, Beallsville (0-2) will be seeking its initial victory of the Paul Kanzigg era when Bishop Donahue (1-1) visits Monroe County; John Marshall (0-2) ventures to Yorkville to meet Buckeye Local (1-1); Buckeye Trail (1-1) treks to Beaverton to meet homestanding Frontier (1-1); Linsly travels to Pittsburgh to meet Taylor Allderdice High School; and St. John Central (1-1) journeys to Paden City to meet the Wildcats (0-2).
Shadyside at Toronto, 7 p.m.
The Tigers have outscored their two opponents 70-7 thus far.
Shadyside's high-powered offense is led by senior quarterback Chase Kinemond. The 6-1, 175-pounder has thrown for 222 yards and four touchdowns on 16 of 26. He also run for 80 yards and another six-pointer.
In last week's methodical 35-7 thrashing of Monroe Central, Kinemond tossed a trio of TD passes and ran for a fourth score.
When Kinemond drops back to pass, his main targets are classmate Cody Hudson (8 catches, 93 yards, 3 touchdowns) and sophomore Austin Dorris (7-119-1). Hudson had four catches last week, with two going for scores.
Junior Chris Littell leads the Tigers with 142 yards and two TDs on 13 carries.
Hudson is also dangerous as a placement specialist, booting 10 of 10 PATs thus far.
"We've done a really good job on both sides of the ball so far," Holenka said. "We've come out focused to start the game, but we need to stay focused for four quarters.
"Defensively, we're spreading the weath out pretty evenly as our defensive ends and linebackers have had great games.
The Red Knights, who are coached by Eric Meek and will be making their home debut, were blown out on the road by Wellsville (42-13) in the opener. They dropped a 20-19 decision at Bridgeport last week.
Shadyside is tied for first place in the latest Division VI, Region 21 rankings with Mogadore and Fairpoint Harbor Harding.
Caldwell at Harrison Central, 7:30 p.m.
The Huskies will finish the non-Buckeye 8 portion of their schedule when the winless Redskins limp into Harrison County.
Senior tailback Maurtice Hython hasn't missed a beat from his all-Ohio (second team) season as a junior. The 5-9, 210-pounder has already picked up 314 stripes and has found the end zone twice on three dozen attempts. He had a 206-yard effort against Wheeling Central in the season-opener.
Quarterback Rashaen Mitchell, also a senior, has clicked on 14 of 21 passes for 296 yards and a pair of TDs. On the ground, the 6-5, 200-pounder has collected 94 stripes on 11 totes, reaching paydirt once.
Junior Nate Olmstead has latched on to four passes, but picked up 143 yards and scored both aerial touchdowns.
The Huskies are ranked fourth in the latest Division IV, Region 15 listings. They trail St. Clairsville, Ironton and Piketon. One spot back is Martins Ferry.
Caldwell has dropped a 34-7 verdict to Newcomerstown in Week 1. They were knocked off by Buckeye Trail, 29-7, last week.
Bishop Donahue at Beallsville, 7 p.m.
After a lackluster offensive performance in the season opener at Conotton Valley, the Blue Devils piled up 34 points and still dropped a 41-34 decision to visiting Strasburg last week.
Senior quarterback Teryn Jarrett had an excellent outing against Strasburg. He threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns on 25 of 41. He had 517 yards and five TDs so far.
A trio of Blue Devils have double-digit receptions, led by 5-11, 190-pound senior Ricky Tubaugh with 13 catches for 120 stripes and a six-pointer. Junior D.J. Lucas has landed 11 balls for 269 and a pair of scores, while sophomore Mikey Palmer has 10 catches for 104 yards and two TDs.
Tubaugh is also the leading rusher with 125 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown.
The Bishops defeated Cameron 41-26 in their opener, but dropped a 21-7 nod to Clay-Battelle last week.
John Marshall at Buckeye Local, 7 p.m.
At War Memorial Stadium, the Panthers will be seeking their second consecutive victory, while the Monarchs' Rick Goodrich, a Bridgeport native, is looking for his first win at the Glen Dale-based school.
Buckeye Local broke into the win column last Saturday with a 24-6 win over Pittsburgh's Westinghouse High School.
Austin Marshall, a 5-9, 155-pound senior speedster, leads the Panthers with 131 yards via the ground on 22 carries. He has scored one touchdown.
Classmate Nathan Kirk stepped in at quarterback after being injured in the opening loss at Utica. He was 3-for-8 for 45 yards and a TD, with a pair of INTs.
Shane Duncan has been the prime target with three receptions for 98 yards and six points.
The Monarchs have dropped decisions to Cambridge and Bellaire, but showed signs of progress against the Big Reds in a 31-20 reversal last week.
The running game of Richard Kibert and Jacob Wood seemed to click last week. The quarterback is Jeremiah Fromhart.
Buckeye Trail at Frontier, 7 p.m.
The Warriors presented rookie head coach Dale Broomhall with his first victory last Thursday in their 29-7 win at Caldwell.
Senior Seth Doudna caught a pair of touchdown passes from Jeffrey Simmons to spark the Warriors. Lane Starr also scored a six-pointer.
Linsly at Taylor Allderdice, 7 p.m.
At South Stadium in the Steel City, the Cadets will be looking to rebound from a 33-19 pasting at the hands of Parkersburg South last week at Bethany College.
Sophomore Chinelo Oparanozie continued to sparkle from the tailback slot, rushing for 202 yards on 24 carries. He now has 428 yards on 49 lugs.
The Dragons were thumped by Morgantown, 32-13, last week in their debut.
St. John Central at Paden City, 7:30 p.m.
At Berger Field, the Irish will look to get back on track after being derailed 34-21 by visiting Conotton Valley last week.
DJ Shoemaker and Alex Francis continue to be two of St. John Central's big playmakers, combining for four touchdowns.
Shoemaker has passed for 138 yards and run for 118 Francis has 36 yards on the ground and 95 receiving.