The first week of the season is in the books and some teams in Kentucky and Indiana have played two games.
It's early, but getting off to a fast start is always a good sign for teams bidding to make playoff runs. Every loss hurts and each school that has yet to pick up that first win of the year will look to right the ship this weekend.
There are many big games on the slate. Let's take a quick look at some of the top match-ups.
Turpin at Wyoming
This much anticipated match up will not be the same without Wyoming quarterback Kyle Seyfried, who is out at least five games with a broken foot. Turpin comes into the contest having gone 38-3 in their last 41 regular season games. The Spartans haven't lost a non-conference game to a team outside of the FAVC since Badin beat them on September 9th, 2005.
Oak Hills at Harrison
Oak Hills has used this game as a springboard for their offense in each of the past two seasons. The Highlanders have outscored Harrison 87-42 in those contests. Don't expect a repeat as the Wildcats showed they can play some defense with an opening game shutout over East Central. Tommy Konkoly has scored six of his eight career touchdowns against Harrison.
South Dearborn at Batesville
We will find out if South Dearborn is for real or not as the EIAC bottom feeders over the past several seasons no longer lie dormant. This is the third of four straight road games to start the season for the Knights. A win over defending league champion Batesville will be a huge confidence builder for the group of believers.
Beechwood at Highlands
The Highlands Bluebirds just seem to impress each week no matter who the insert into the lineup. That shouldn't change Friday night against Beechwood. The Tigers got down 28-7 to Dixie Heights early on and a repeat of that effort against the Bluebirds and their odds become insurmountable in this contest.
Simon Kenton at Dixie Heights
This affair pits two teams going in opposite directions after Week 1. Dixie Heights looks to build on its momentum after knocking off Beechwood. Simon Kenton was inexplicably blanked by Middletown. The Pioneers better put up some points this week because the Colonels have already proven that they can post numbers in bunches.
CHCA at Madeira
The battle of two former Deer Park football stars (head coaches Eric Taylor and Mike Shafer) should be a good one as both men look to lead their respective squads to a 2-0 start. The Mustangs piled up 311 yards rushing in their win over Batavia, including 170 on seven carries by quarterback Isaac Rupe. A young CHCA team showed its grit after falling behind 13-0 against Shroder-Paidea before reeling off 27 unanswered points to win.
McNicholas at New Richmond
This is a Week 2 matchup that has serious Division III post-season implications. The winner of this one is going to earn key Harbin Rating points that could mean the difference between making the playoffs or not. Expect a very quick game as both teams love to run the football and move the clock.
Milford at Kings
It is the second of five straight games for Division II Kings against Division I teams. The Knights showed very good depth and versatility in their victory over Lebanon. Milford dismantled a young and inexperienced Hughes squad. The Eagles will face a much tougher challenge Friday night.
Sycamore at Springboro
Springboro just keeps rolling along under head coach Ryan Wilhite. The Panthers keep winning games, but their next step is to make the playoffs. A win against a GMC school like Sycamore will be the first step in attaining that goal this season. The Aviators still have questions about their passing game, but the ground attack looks to be back on track after a tough 2009 campaign.
Monroe at Ross
Ross takes on a Division III school for the second consecutive week. The Rams need to continue to win these contests against smaller schools to keep their Harbin points up. Monroe gets a shot at Ross on their home turf and that is a huge plus. The Hornets must keep the Rams offense off the field and Devin King needs to have big day running if Monroe is to have a shot in this one.
Badin at Taft
Badin's offense suffered a big blow when quarterback Patrick Coyne went down with a separated shoulder last week. Veteran Jeff Smith stepped in and did an admirable job running the Rams' Wing-T. He will have to be even better against Taft. The Senators will need to play disciplined on defense and stay in their lanes. If they can do that their offense should take care of the rest behind the legs of Dequon Johnson.
Valley View at Indian Hill
Indian Hill is a team in desperate need of an early-season victory. The Braves have lost their last six non-conference games dating back to August 29th, 2008. Valley View is a very balanced team with threat running, passing and receiving the ball on offense. If they can get plays in all facets of the game then they will prevail over the larger Indian Hill squad.
Troy at Middletown
Quarterback Jalin Marshall was sensational in his varsity debut. He really set the tone in the first half for Middletown in their win over Simon Kenton. Meanwhile, the Middies' defense quietly posted their fifth shutout in the last eight regular season contests. Troy matched that performance as they downed Division III Chaminade-Julienne, 23-0. The Trojans will look to control the clock on the ground and keep Middletown's athletes off the field.
Winton Woods at Withrow
Both schools are in desperate need of a "W." There is a sense of urgency for each squad. That unctuousness could lead to turnovers and mental miscues. The team that can avoid that should have a big night and lots of smiles after the final whistle blows.
CovCath at LaSalle
Will the real CovCath please stand up? After getting shellacked 61-7 by Ryle the Colonels plastered Lexington Catholic 54-21 last Friday night. On the other side of the field LaSalle will look to build upon their defensive effort that only gave up six points to Lakota West. The question is can Tom Grippa get that kind of effort out of his Lancers each week? Even if he can't, the LaSalle passing game is about ready to explode.
Campbell County at Roger Bacon
How Roger Bacon pulled off that big win over Mount Healthy has still left some of us perplexed. The young Spartans weren't supposed to be that far along this early. Campbell County will throw the ball often. The Spartans defense will need to get pressure on the Camels' quarterback, Michael Kremer. One thing we know is that Kremer won't beat himself, but the Campbell County ground game can occasionally go south.
Hamilton at Moeller
Moeller is primed for a letdown game after their thrilling come-from-behind victory over Wayne. Hamilton is a dangerous opponent for the Crusaders. The Big Blue has the size to go toe-to-toe with GCL South studs. Hamilton has been everybody's chic pick this preseason to have a big year. Now is the time for them to back up why everyone thinks so highly of them.
Written by: Greg Shoemaker, TriStateFootball.com