Super Bowl champion head coach Bill Parcels once famously said, “You are what your record says you are,”0 referring to fans of teams claiming that their squad isn’t as good or isn’t as bad as their record.
As the high school football season enters Week 3, the four Madison County high school football teams are getting a better sense of exactly what they are.
London (2-0) vs. Bishop Ready (2-0) at Columbus St. Francis DeSales, 7 p.m.
How good are the undefeated Red Raiders? We should know a lot more after a key trip to play a solid Bishop Ready squad Friday evening.
The Silver Knights are also sporting a zero in the loss column following a 37-19 win over Whitehall and a 34-33 nail biter over Briggs. London has two convincing wins over Urbana and Greenon, but the game with Ready figures to be the most competitive contest to date.
The two teams played a year ago with Ready cruising to a 41-6 victory. London coach Kyle Cutler was an assistant for two seasons (2012 and 2013) at Ready under his brother Joel, who is now the head coach at Upper Arlington.
If the Red Raiders rush defense will be tested as Ready sophomore running back Devin Dukes has proven to be a tough assignment the first two weeks of the season. He had three touchdowns in the Knights win over Briggs.
Southeastern (0-2) at Madison-Plains (2-0), 7 p.m.
The Golden Eagles enter Week 3 with a favorable home match-up with Trojans, but Plains coach Jason Hunt is trying to convince his team that they still have something to prove.
“We never feel like we’re the favorite,” Hunt said. “I think we play better when we go into a game with something to prove.”
The Eagles have a pair of wins, but don’t look for anyone in the program to start patting themselves on the back.
“We are 2-0 but we haven’t played a perfect game,” he said. “The kids are still working hard. The challenge of coaching at this level is trying to get 16 and 17-year-old kids up for every game.”
Southeastern has made some changes since Plains when to South Charleston last year and came home with a convincing 47-10 victory.
“They have more kids than they had last year,” Hunt said. “They’ve completely changed their offense and defense this year. They’ve struggled a little bit here at the beginning of the year but you can see that they’re getting better.”
Jonathan Alder (1-1) at Amanda-Clearcreek (1-1), 7 p.m.
The Pioneers will go on the road for the first time this season and will face an Amanda-Clearcreek team that traditionally is a state high school playoff contender.
The Aces have a 48-28 victory this season over Lakewood and a 42-27 loss at the hands of Meigs last week.
Alder’s played two home games, falling to Marysville 18-14 in the opener, but rebounding for a 43-26 triumph last week against Madison County rival West Jefferson.
Jonathan Alder may have cracked the code offensively during the second half of its game with West Jeff. Alder was able to move the ball on the ground with the running of Sean Sullivan, but also with quarterback Preston Eisnaugle hitting a capable bunch of wide outs.
The Pioneers are hoping to0 close out non-conference play in style, before opening Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference play next week at Marion Pleasant.
Jackson (2-0) at West Jefferson (0-2), 7 p.m.
Is there a bigger question in Madison County than, what’s wrong with the West Jeff football team? Probably not.
The Roughriders are an uncharacteristic 0-2 heading into a Week 3 clash with a proven state playoff squad in Jackson.
In two weeks of action coach Shawn Buescher’s squad has surrendered 43 points a game, which would lead many to point to the defense as the major issue. But the fact that the Roughriders have had a hard time holding onto the ball and extending drives, the finger can also be pointed to the offense.
Either way the Ironmen come to town sporting an unblemished record and are looking to get out of town with another victory.
In order for the Roughriders to climb out of their early-season funk they’re going to have to earn it. Last year Jackson shutout West Jefferson 28-0.
Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616 ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.
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