We continue to pay tribute to classic head-to-head matchups with as TSF Backyard Battle series makes its way to Madeira on Friday night as the Mustangs welcome the North College Hill Trojans.
Madeira took over the top spot in the latest QueenCityHigh.com / FOX19 Ohio Division IV-VI Rankings from North College Hill this week after the Trojans fell to Roger Bacon. The Mustangs have looked solid early on and are coming off an impressive win over CHCA.
Let's take a deeper look at the matchup:
NORTH COLLEGE HILL (1-1) AT MADEIRA (2-0)
Site: Madeira Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 P.M.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Madeira running back Isaac Rupe is coming off a career high 268 yard and four rushing touchdown performance in the Mustangs win over CHCA. He will follow the lead of University of Cincinnati-bound offensive tackle Kyle Williamson and big Will Steur. North College Hill running back Tevin Brown comes into the contest with 278 yards rushing and six touchdowns in two games.
TEAM TRENDS: Madeira is 14-2 in their last 16 games dating back to 2009. One of those loses was a 51-13 debacle at North College Hill a year ago. The Mustangs will look to avenge that defeat. The Trojans are trying to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time since 2008. Both squads have averaged over 33 points contest dating back to the beginning of 2010.
MADEIRA'S KEYS TO VICTORY: The hunter now becomes the hunted. How the Mustangs handle being the area's top rated Division IV team is vital to their long term success. Madeira must keep their composure and not be intimidated by North College Hill's tradition. This team can no longer even think
about sitting back on their heels as they will now take everyone's best shot.
NORTH COLLEGE HILL'S KEYS TO VICTORY: How the Trojans respond to their first regular-season loss in 23 games is the big question. Coming out aggressive and staying mentally tough is where North College Hill's focus should lie. The defense needs to take a stand which is something they did not do against Roger Bacon. There will be no room for error a trait which this program has thrived on und head coach Bruce Baarendse.
PREDICTION: MADERIA 26, NORTH COLLEGE HILL 24