An interesting matchup that could decide which one of these teams competes in the upper half of the Greater Miami Conference. Princeton has a dual-threat quarterback in Hosea Hairston, who’s thrown for 278 yards and five TDs while rushing for 224 yards and a score. East also has one of those guys in Sean Church (231 yards and a TD passing, 262 yars and two scores rushing).
3. Carlisle (0-3) at Dixie (0-3)
Not exactly a high-profile showdown, but you’d have to consider this a must-win for a Carlisle squad that needs some confidence right now. The Indians have been outscored 120-28 in 2018, while Dixie has been outscored 109-31. A bright spot for Carlisle in last week’s 35-14 loss to Oakwood was sophomore Jayden Sweeney, who averaged 6.7 yards per carry and scored a touchdown in his varsity rushing debut.
4. Madison (3-0) at Preble Shawnee (1-2)
Every game is significant when you’re talking about a Division V state championship hopeful like Madison, even if it has the makings of a thrashing. Shawnee does have the Southwestern Buckeye League’s leading rusher in Ben Hobbs (46 carries, 354 yards, six TDs), but it will take a monumental effort by the Arrows to stay close to the Mohawks.
5. Monroe (0-3) at Franklin (0-3)
A local rivalry game. A SWBL Southwestern Division opener. Two teams that desperately need a victory. Take all that into consideration and you would expect to see two teams getting after it all night. Franklin got a spark from senior quarterback Jake Bowermaster in last week’s 35-26 loss to Xenia, and Monroe has a big-play receiver in TeJean Rice (nine catches, 222 yards, three TDs).