C.A. Johnson at Keenan
The 2-0 C.A. Johnson Hornets are averaging 266 yards and 15 points per game, production that will be taxed by the host Keenan defense. The Raiders, also 2-0, allowed 30 points in their win at Lower Richland, and demonstrated strength in the fourth quarter that might present a challenge for the smaller Hornets squad.
The Raiders average 310 yards rushing and have scored 13 touchdowns, led by Tiski Gray and Kendrick Gathers.
Quarterback Charles Mallory guides the Hornets, while D’Marco Zeigler runs the offense for Keenan.
Chapin at Swansea
Quarterback Logan Bailey leads the 2-0 Eagles as they take on the hard-charging Swansea Tigers. Chapin averages 333 yards per game, with Bailey averaging 117 yards passing per game, and Chandler Engle leading the rushing attack. The Eagles’ offense might have a tough way to go against linebacker Jonathan Sutton and the Swansea defense, which allowed 225 yards in its opener. But the Tigers will have to avoid mistakes and turnovers for quarterback Clay Lucas and leading rusher Chance Walker to put points on the board. Chapin’s defense, led by leading tacklers Matt Bickley and Jordan Day, will be there to capitalize on any Swansea mistakes, and the Eagles have come up with four takeaways this season.
Goose Creek at Ridge View
Ridge View posted five points in its season opener, a 15-point loss to rival Blythewood, and will look for its first touchdown of the season against the Goose Creek Gators defense. Goose Creek is 0-1 after a 14-7 loss at Pickerington (Ohio) Central. Senior linebacker/defensive lineman Zane Smith will lead the Blazer defense, while running backs Dejuan Warren and Maleik Addison aim to rip through the Gator defense.
Heathwood Hall at Ben Lippen
The host Falcons look to get back on a winning track in their first home game. Ben Lippen posted a big win in the season opener, but fell to 1-1 last week, losing a close game on a last-second field goal. The Falcons’ barnstorming offense, led by the cannon-armed Robert Barrow, is averaging more than 400 yards per game and will be a big test for the Highlanders defense. Heathwood got big offense, as well, in its first game, posting 40 points and more than 500 yards in a win.
Wilson Hall at Hammond
In a rematch of last season’s state championship game, the 1-0 Skyhawks will look for a strong start and a consistent, four-quarter effort. Led by quarterback Nick Garrett, and with TJ Brady taking most of the handoffs, the Skyhawks look to make the most of each possession and eliminate turnovers. Wilson Hall’s sophomore quarterback Mclendon Sears went 9-for-9 passing in the Barons’ season-opener, and Wilson Hall got three of its six touchdowns off its passing game, so job No. 1 for the Hammond defense is putting pressure on him.