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River View at Danville
If there is one thing Danville can look forward to for the 2013 season, it’s that Newark Catholic isn’t in its division anymore. The Blue Devils reached the Division VI regionals last season on the strength of Bryce Staats’ all-state season, and his graduation leaves a big hole at the quarterback spot. Most of the defensive front is back, led by Andy Payne and Conway Baldridge, so opposing offenses should have trouble moving the ball. A similar trip to the regionals is not out of the question.
River View finished 5-5 overall last season, but tied for first place in conference play with a 3-1 record. Last season, the Black Bears gave up over 27 points per game and scored about 23 points, but had a win over Danville nemesis Bishop Rosecrans (6-3). River View gave up over 40 points in four games last season and scored that many in only two games, of which one was a loss. The Blue Devils defense should give this team difficulty.
Game time is 7 p.m. Friday.
Highland at East Knox
Highland definitely will have experience on its side this season, as 16 lettermen and six starters on either side of the ball will return for 2013. Four returning linemen and backs Kyle Minyo and James Cochran should make the Scots’ vaunted running game effective, but Jeremy Gahm is a new signal-caller. With Highland now in the new MOAC Blue Division, which is filled with smaller schools, the Scots should be in line for a division championship.
East Knox faces a much smaller Mid-Buckeye Conference schedule this season, facing old rivals Utica and Centerburg in nonconference action this year. The Bulldogs still have an aggressive linebacking corps with Dylan Wears and Cody Howard, and Colton Rebel led the team in interceptions in the secondary. In addition to linebacker duties, Wears will also look to pull the load at running back, and Howard is an experienced starting quarterback.
The Scots and the Bulldogs kick off the 2013 season at 7 p.m. Friday.
Clear Fork at Fredericktown
Clear Fork is used to adversity as the smallest school in the Ohio Cardinal Conference, but facing Fredericktown after a near 10-year absence still will be a good test. The Colts, traditionally a run-oriented offense, will go to a spread offense this season with the quarterback in the shotgun. They should have good protection up front with a pair of 270-pouhd linemen, but junior QB Kadin Chrastina will have to overcome last year’s broken leg to make the offense go.
After two straight playoff appearances, Fredericktown fell to 5-5 last season. This year brings a new league to make things more complicated. The Freddies return three seniors to the offensive and defensive lines, and junior quarterback Austin Hathaway should be better with a year’s experience. Those factors should make the receiving corps, led by seniors Sam Armstrong and Chris Hoar, a dangerous combination, and will help take the load off of an inexperienced running game.
Kickoff time is Friday at 7 p.m.