Centerburg at Utica
Centerburg (4-5, 2-4) could not keep Fredericktown from scoring in any of the four quarters of Friday’s game in a 27-13 loss. A muddy field kept the Trojans from getting any traction on offense in the second half, and the Freddies held them to negative net yards until late in the half. QB Tyler Stoyle did well enough (11-of-20, 130 yards) despite some drops, but he and Jeremy Sesma were limited in the run. Centerburg’s offense should be more effective if the weather holds up this time.
Utica (1-8, 0-6) was never in the game in Week 9’s 42-6 loss to Danville. The Redskins had only a 73-yard TD run from QB Trent Vickers, who had nine carries for 6 yards apart from that. The drizzly conditions also did not help the passing game, which went 1-of-12 for 16 yards. The Blue Devils gained 433 total yards in the mud. This is Senior Night for the Redskins, so they’ll be fired up.
Loudonville at Fredericktown
Loudonville (7-2, 4-2) picked up its first shutout of the season in Week 9’s 34-0 win over Northridge. The victory was the fourth in a row for the Redbirds, who won their first three nonconference games before starting the MBC at 0-2. Loudonville is currently ranked No. 5 in Region 19, and a victory over Fredericktown and a loss by any of the top would lively give it a home playoff game. RBs Kolton Edmondson and Josh Weber will need to shoulder the load to keep that a possibility.
Fredericktown (5-4, 3-3) got 145 yards in 19 carries from Tyler Ruhl, and controlled the game tempo throughout Friday’s 27-13 victory over Centerburg. The Freddies run game worked so well they did not attempt a pass in rainy, muddy conditions. After giving up a drive on the Trojans first offensive series, Fredericktown only gave up one more score, and stopped them dead on most occasions. The Freddies will need a similar game versus Loudonville, which can chew up the clock with its runners.
Highland at North Union
Highland (5-4, 5-3) found its impressive running game ground to a halt against River Valley on Friday, falling 20-7. The Scots gained 157 rushing yards, but gave up 267. Kyle Minyo scored on a 48-yard TD run, but collected only 37 yards for the night after several tackles for loss. QB Josh Gahm completed only 3-of-16 passes for 49 yards. Highland will need to regain its rushing form to beat North Union, and will need an even bigger game from its defense to stop a juggernaut Wildcat defense.
North Union (9-0, 8-0) leads the Red Division of the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference by one game over River Valley, who downed the Scots last week, 20-7. The Wildcats have simply rolled over opponents, scoring 49 or more points six times. QB Drew Crabtree can pass and run out of the option, and has two backs, Kam Smith and Jake Blevins, who provide speed and power. Ball control is their bread and butter, and they are good at keeping the ball out of opponents hands.
Editor’s note: The Danville/East Knox preview will appear in Friday’s edition as our Game of the Week.