WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Memorial Stadium

LAST WEEK: Carrollton edged St. Clairsville 27-21, while Coventry shut out Kenmore-Garfield 49-0.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: A win in the opener showed Coventry’s balance on offense and a depth of playmakers capable of catching and carrying the ball. Zach Rankin, Nate Skaggs and Treon Sibley all made big plays for the Comets against Kenmore-Garfield, but the level of competition figures to rise with Carrollton, which won a close game in its opener. A 2-0 start would be big for either team and, in its home opener, Coventry would like nothing more than to set itself up for Portage Trail Conference play with another solid all-around effort. If senior quarterback Steve Locher can play mistake-free football once more, the Comets have a chance to do exactly that.


WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Memorial Stadium

LAST WEEK: Green dropped a tough 31-28 decision on the road to Ashland, while Riverside also made a long drive and fell 46-7 to Perry.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: It’s rebound time for Green, which couldn’t quite close the gap late and complete a comeback to win on the road at Ashland. The running game was never able to get on track for the Bulldogs, tallying just 40 yards on 30 carries, so they’ll need to find a way to bolster the rushing attack in order to keep the offense from falling too heavily on the shoulders of the passing game. Nate Dunaway put up good numbers as Green tried to pass its way back in the opener, but Green would love to start well in its home opener and avoid having to play comeback football this week. With another home game in Week 3, this contest is a chance to right the ship before league play begins.

LAKE (1-0) AT DOVER (1-0)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Dover Stadium

LAST WEEK: Lake overwhelmed Northwest 41-13, while Dover blanked Cleveland John F. Kennedy 45-0. 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Two teams that had impressive showings in Week 1 meet in a game that will likely be a tougher test than either faced in their respective openers. Cameron Martin was a force running the ball for Lake against Northwest and head coach Dan DeGeorge will likely continue feeding the ball to Martin going forward. After locking up Northwest for most of the night, Lake will try to turn in a similarly strong defensive effort against Dover. If the Blue Streaks can win a second straight road game to kick off the season, it would do wonders for the confidence of a young, largely inexperienced team that would like to surprise this fall.


WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Indian Valley Stadium

LAST WEEK: Manchester registered a 43-20 decision over Chippewa, while Indian Valley shut out Coshocton 40-0. 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Both teams looked good in their season openers and this is a weird scheduling quirk that will see Principals Athletic Conference play begin in the second week of the season. Manchester scored in several different ways in Week 1, with an A.J. Johnson kick return, rushing and defensive touchdowns from Hunter Foster and also a passing touchdown from Robby Wagner. It was an encouraging effort for the Panthers, who don’t have a lot of depth but are hopeful they can stay healthy and maximize the talent they have on the roster. Indian Valley was dominant in rolling past Coshocton in its opener and the Braves are typically tough to beat at home.


WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Geneva Stadium

LAST WEEK: Mogadore kept its dominance of Linsly School (W. Va.) going with a 28-0 win, while Geneva  

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: After a typically dominant defensive effort in its opener, Mogadore looks to take that strength on defense northeast for the long drive to Geneva. Since the Portage Trail Conference County Division shrank to just six teams that offer football, finding non-league games has been even more challenging for the Wildcats and contests such as this have been the result. Luke Rosato continues to be eased into the starting quarterback role for the Wildcats and in recent years, the coaching staff has steadily expanded its playbook with new signal callers as the season wears on. The Eagles dropped a 28-21 decision to Madison in Week 1 and will be eager to bounce back at home against Mogadore.


WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Memorial Stadium

LAST WEEK: Springfield won a rivalry game against Ellet 14-7, while East fell in the final minutes to Jackson, 41-34. 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: This is a rematch from Week 2 last season, when an East team with a pair of Division I recruits leading the way rolled past Springfield 24-7. The Dragons once again have two Division I recruits in  Devanier Floyd, who is being pursued by Minnesota and Akron, and receiver Daishawn Brimage, who is being recruited by Akron. Springfield looked good on both sides of the ball in downing Ellet in its opener and will need to carry the momentum and confidence from that performance into this week as the level of competition goes up a notch. A 2-0 start hasn’t been seen in Springfield in a decade, so this is a big opportunity for the Spartans. 


WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Fife Stadium

LAST WEEK: Jackson outlasted Akron East 41-34, while Mayfield shut out Walsh Jesuit 10-0.

LAST WE MET: Jackson defeated Mayfield 31-13 in Week 2 last season. 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Two teams that won in much different fashion meet in search of a 2-0 start that will set one of them up well for a playoff chase. Mayfield was smothering on defense in its win over Walsh, which Jackson faced in its final preseason scrimmage. The Polar Bears won with offense, piling up the points against East and hanging on for the win. Head coach Tim Budd knows the defense is a work in progress and also that Mayfield is capable of scoring a lot as well, despite a low-scoring Week 1 win. This is the first of four straight home games to open the season for Jackson, so the Polar Bears have a chance to build up plenty of home field confidence before getting into the meat of their schedule.


WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Klinefelter Stadium

LAST WEEK: Central Catholic fell to Bellevue 21-17, while Perry routed Vandalia Butler 49-14.

LAST WE MET: In a matchup of teams that reached their respective state title games, Central topped Perry 19-14. 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Central went on the road in Week 1, played a close game and lost in the fourth quarter. How the Crusaders bounce back from that defeat will tell much about this team and where it’s headed. Dylan Johnson threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1, but Central must be able to run the ball better than the 76 yards it managed against Bellevue. Despite having many new faces, the defense looks tough once again and will have to slow Perry’s Wing T attack in order to give the smaller Crusaders a chance. An 0-2 start wouldn’t doom Central’s playoff hopes, but with its rugged schedule, the idea of going 8-0 or 7-1 in the final eight weeks to make the postseason is one the Crusaders would prefer to avoid.