County teams eye a big Week 3


Years after leaving the South Central Ohio League, the London High School football team returns to its old stomping ground with a lot on the line in Week 3 of the season.

Coach Kyle Cutler’s undefeated Red Raiders (2-0) will face another undefeated foe in host Washington Court House (2-0) Friday at 7 p.m. in the homecoming contest for the Blue Lions.

London had posted impressive victories over Urbana (49-19) and Madison-Plains (36-0) in the first two weeks, but things figure to get much tougher against a Washington Court House squad that’s racked up more than 500 yards of total offense in its first two games. The most recent win, a 33-12 defeat of Circleville, the Lions rushed for 350 yards on 45 carries.

London’s defense will need to be ready to stop the run, if not it could be a long night.

Washington coach Chuck Williamson will have his team ready to play against London, knowing the Red Raiders have their own collection of playmakers and a potent running attack.

“They are really, really good,” Williamson said. “They are more of a power team. They are not going to throw the ball much. They’re going to line up and power, offensively. They have a really shifty back, No. 23 (K.J. Price), he’s a really good back. If you miss him, he’ll be gone.

“Their quarterback gets the job done. He’s a pretty good runner and up front, they are huge. (Jacob) Jones, he’s 6-3, 295 and he can move. We feel the match-up is going to be our speed versus their strength. We feel that we might be able to use our speed to our advantage.”

Whichever team gets the win will have a feather in its cap going forward. Both schools are competing in Division IV, Region 16 and will conceivably be fighting for playoff spots by the end of the season.

Greenon (0-1) at West Jefferson (2-0), 7 p.m.

The Roughriders have yet to be tested in a pair of season-opening contests, things may not be any different Friday when they welcome in the Knights.

Greenon had its opener cancelled and then fell 54-16 to Division VII Fort Loramie last weekend.

West Jeff coach Shawn Buescher is a master motivator but even he may have to work hard to keep his team focused and ready to play against lesser opponents.

Northeastern (0-2) at Madison-Plains (1-1), 7 p.m.

The Golden Eagles were overwhelmed by a fast start last weekend by rival London. Madison-Plains High School found itself down 23-0 in the first quarter and never recovered.

The team will need to get off to a better start this week when it welcomes in the winless Jets. Northeastern lost its opener 48-13 to a good Kenton Ridge squad and then came up short 21-18 against Northwestern last weekend.

Madison-Plains High School will be hosting a black out, encouraging its fans to wear black to the game.

Jonathan Alder (2-0) at Clear Fork (2-0), 7 p.m.

The Pioneers will traveling away from the friendly confines of Volunteer Field for what should be a tough road test.

Alder despite being 2-0 hasn’t played a complete game yet, not one where it’s sparkled in all three aspects of the game offense, defense and special teams.

The team will need to be ready to play a full game against what should be a highly competitive contest.

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Madison-Plains’ Isaac Puckett (23) plays defense against a Westfall defender during the Golden Eagles’ season-opening victory.
http://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/09/web1_IMG_6803.jpgMadison-Plains’ Isaac Puckett (23) plays defense against a Westfall defender during the Golden Eagles’ season-opening victory. Chris Miles | The Madison Press

By Chris Miles

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