The Frontier Cougars (1-1) will look to add their name to those who plan on competing for a Pioneer Valley Conference title when they travel to Lore City to take on the winless Buckeye Trail Warriors (0-2).
The Cougars opened the season with a convincing 39-14 conference victory over the Shenandoah Zeps before struggling last week in a 48-19 loss to a very tough Steubenville Catholic Central team.
It will be the first road test of the young season for head coach Todd Bradford and his young Cougars as they face a Warrior team that figures to be quite hungry to get into the win column for the first time in 2013.
Photo courtesty of Katie Parks
Frontier’s Donovan Boley (32) runs to daylight in a game against Steubenville Catholic on Sept. 6. The Cougars are at Buckeye Trail Friday night.
The Cougars have been paced by a very strong and deep running game in the first two games of the season as no less than four Cougar backs have scored at least one touchdown.
Junior Rodney Barnes leads the way for the blue and gold as he has tallied 165 yards rushing on just 27 carries to start the season with a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Barnes also owns the lone Cougar receiving score of the season as he hauled in a touchdown strike from quarterback Mitch Reynolds in the opener.
Jared Howell (22-147, 2TD), Dakota Welker (13-52, 2TD) and Donovan Boley (8-45, TD) are also off to strong starts for the Cougars.
Trail has lost its first two games of the season by a grand total of 14 points as they dropped a week one 27-21 decision to an always strong Ridgewood squad, before being upset by the Caldwell Redskins by a 21-13 margin in week two.
The Warriors spotted the Redskins a 21-0 lead last week before rallying in the second half only to come up a touchdown short.
Buckeye Trail signal caller Morgan Daugherty gained 90 yards on 14 carries against the Skins but struggled in the passing game as he completed just 5-of-20 pass attempts for 46 yards and a pair of interceptions.
Last year in New Matamoras, Trail pulled off a 21-12 win over the Cougars.
CALDWELL (1-1) at BRIDGEPORT (1-1)
The Caldwell Redskins will look to build upon a big 21-13 week two victory over the Buckeye Trail Warriors when they travel to Bridgeport (Oh.) to battle the Bulldogs in a battle of 1-1 teams.
Caldwell quarterback Tanner Clark may have had a break out game against the Warriors as the sophomore left hander ran for 171 yards on 28 carries for a pair of touchdowns while also passing for 69 more.
The Redskins scored the first 21 points of the game against Trail, before being forced to fight off a comeback attempt by the Warriors.
The Caldwell defense has been very good in the season's first two games, as head coach Josh Perkins squad has allowed just 20 points.
Clark has rushed for 236 yards on the young season while fellow sophomore Bricker Lori has gained 87 yards on 24 carries.
Caldwell dropped a tough, 7-0 decision to the Newcomerstown Trojans in week one.
Bridgeport got off to a good start as they scored a thrilling 26-25 win over Columbiana before dropping a 35-14 decision last week to Toronto.
Toronto jumped all over the Bulldogs for a 20-0 lead and despite Bridgeport closing the lead to 26-14 heading to the final quarter, pulled away for the win.
Quarterback Bailey McGrath completed 9-of-15 passes for 106 yards while also rushing for 37 yards on 13 carries to lead the way for the Dogs in week two.
MEADOWBROOK (1-1) at SHENANDOAH (0-2)
The Shenandoah Zeps will look to snap a 12-game losing streak when they host the Meadowbrook Colts in Sarahsville Friday night.
The Zeps dropped their Pioneer Valley Conference season opener 39-14 at the hands of the Frontier Cougars before falling to Newcomerstown by a 41-19 margin in their home opener last week.
To have a chance at the upset over Meadowbrook, head coach Kaleb Lawrence's Zeps will need to improve a defense that has allowed 47 points in the opening half through the first two weeks.
Sophomore running back Michael Vanfossen continues to excel for Shenandoah as he has put together back-to-back 100-yard games including 141 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown last week against the Trojans.
Vanfossen (38-274, 2TD) figures to be joined in the Shenandoah backfield by Jacob Rossiter (9-68, TD) and Ethan McKee (13-41, TD).
The Zeps are still struggling to find an answer at the quarterback position as they finished with negative passing yardage in week two.
The Colts were nipped 22-20 by Shadyside in their season opener before bouncing back for a 35-6 trouncing of the Barnesville Shamrocks.
Meadowbrook chalked up 423 yards of offense in last week's victory, including 201 yards passing.
Quarterback Dalton Wiggins completed 14-of-16 passes in the game for 190 yards and three touchdowns.
Clay Lapp rushed for 75 yards on 13 carries and a pair of touchdowns for the Colts while also hauling in a 16- yard touchdown pass from Wiggins.
Last season Meadowbrook scored a dominating 49-6 win over the Zeps.
MONROE CENTRAL (0-2) at RIVER (0-2)
It's not very often that the Monroe Central Seminoles and the River Pilots battle one another looking for their first wins of the season but such is the case this Friday night when the two do battle in Hanibal.
River battled Fort Frye in Beverly in their season opener before coming up on the short end of a 23-17 decision and then were defeated soundly by Bishop Donahue (59-21) in week two.
The Seminoles have faired no better as their 35-20 week two loss to Shadyside followed a 14-13 opening week loss to Union Local.
The game will serve as the PVC opener for head coach Jay Circosta and his Noles and a win over the arch rival Pilots would get their season right back on track.
Last week against Shadyside, Monroe fell behind 21-0 by allowing single touchdowns in the first three quarters of the contest.
Curtis Nixon made his first start at quarterback for the Seminoles and the senior had a big game as he completed 14-of-17 pass attempts for 184 yards and a touchdown.
The Seminoles will need a much improved running game to have a shot at a week three win over River after accumulating just 23 rushing yards last week against Shadyside.
Levi Brown leads the Noles in rushing with 112 yards and a score on just 12 touches.
Last year in Woodsfield, Monroe Central rolled to a 50-26 win.
MORGAN (0-2) at NEW LEXINGTON (1-1)
Head coach Nate Smith and his Morgan Raiders hope the third time is the charm as the winless Raiders travel to New Lexington Friday night to take on the Panthers looking for their first win of the 2013 season.
The Raiders lost their season opener on the road against the Marietta Tigers 41-28 before being shellacked by Tri-Valley 54-0 in their home opener.
In order to have any chance at the upset, the Raiders are going to have to play much better defense as they have allowed nearly seven touchdowns per game in the first two weeks.
Morgan got great special teams play in week one as Levi Barkhurst and Bruce Thompson both had long returns for scores while Kody Driggs also returned an interception for a score.
Jerome Mayle leads the Morgan offense with 65 yards rushing in the first two games on 18 carries.
Junior Michael Apperson and sophomore Mason Edgell have both taken snaps behind center in the early season while Jesse Vickers and Colton Drake lead the Raiders receiving contingent.
New Lexington opened it's season with a 41-35 thriller over Fairfield Union before falling to Maysville, 28-6 last week.
Panther quarterback Collin Russell hooked up with Nick Saxton on a 24-yard touchdown pass for the lone NL score against Maysville.
Last year it was all New Lexington as the Panthers delivered a 41-6 trouncing to the Raiders in McConnelsville.
at FEDERAL HOCKING (1-1)
The Federal Hocking Lancers will open the home portion of their 2013 schedule when they host the Hannan Wildcats in a non conference contest Friday night.
Fed Hock rebounded nicely in week two with a 40-0 victory over the Waterford Wildcats one week after falling to Alexander 38-14.
Second year Lancer head coach Phil Hoffman has an outstanding running back tandem in seniors' Delbert Crum and Peyton Seel.
Crum, who scorched Waterford for three touchdowns last week, has totaled 162 yards on 21 carries through the season's first two games, while Seel has rushed 19 times for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Freshman Phillip Hoffman has completed 12-of-21 passes for 79 yards while directing a no-huddle offense for the Lancers.
Hannan opened it's season with a dominating 56-0 win over Hundred, but got a taste of it's own medicine when Valley stung them for a 41-8 loss last week.
Last year Federal Hocking scored a 40-6 win over the Wildcats.
BELPRE (1-1) at SOUTHERN (2-0)
The Belpre Golden Eagles will look to get back on the winning track when they open Tri-Valley Conference play when they travel to Racine to do battle with the Southern Tornadoes.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 14-0 lead against the Fort Frye Cadets in week two before being outscored 41-14 the rest of the way to suffer their first loss of the season.
Belpre got off to a great start by rolling to a 54-0 victory over Rosecrans in their season opener.
The Eagles will have to play their best football to have a shot at defeating a Tornado squad that has outscored their opponents by a 65-6 margin in the first two weeks of the season.
Southern has victories over both South Gallia (34-6) and River Valley (31-0).
The young Golden Eagles have gotten strong performances early on by several skill players on the offensive side of the ball.
Sophomore quarterback Tavian Miller has accumulated 199 yards passing and 150 yards rushing through week two.
Miller has four rushing touchdowns while throwing three more.
Two of those touchdown passes have went to Senior wide out D.J. Leftwich, while junior running back Manny Tulius has 164 yards rushing while finding the end zone three times on his own.
Last year Belpre scored a 48-13 victory over the visiting Tornadoes.
WAHAMA (1-1) at EASTERN (1-1)
The Wahama White Falcons travel to Reedsville Friday night to take on the Eastern Eagles looking to revenge their first regular season loss in three years.
The Falcons were beaten last week by Trimble 12-7 after opening the 2013 campaign with a 60-26 win over Fayetteville.
Key players to look for in the usually high powered White Falcon offense are senior running backs Kane Roush and Colton Neal as well as quarterback Hunter Bradley, who was limited to just 33 yards passing against Trimble.
Eastern was shutout 20-0 by Symmes Valley in week one before besting Miller 28-12 last week.
The Eagles will look to control the ball to keep the Falcons offense off the field.
Key Eastern players figure to be lineman Zach Bixby, running back Zach Scowden, and quarterback Chase Cook.
Eastern would like nothing more than to revenge a 47-7 victory at the hands of the Falcons a season ago.