Caldwell High (3-2) will celebrate its homecoming with high hopes of getting the second half of the season started with a victory over Barnesville High (1-4) at the Noble County Fairgrounds tonight.
The Josh Perkins-coached Redskins have been victorious three times in the past four weeks including last week's 34-14 victory over the River Pilots.
Caldwell has been paced by the dynamic sophomore duo of quarterback Tanner Clark and running back Bricker Lori.
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Caldwell’s Johnny Carpenter looks to avoid a Monroe Central tackler in a game on Sept. 20 at the Noble County Fairgrounds.
Clark has rushed for 501 yards on the season on 81 carries while also completing 30-of-53 pass attempts for 412 yards and four touchdowns.
Lori has accumulated 431 rushing yards on the season including 190 and three touchdowns last week against River.
The Caldwell defense has been solid all season as it has yielded just 89 points through the season's first five games with 48 of those coming in its Week 3 loss to Monroe Central (48-21).
The Redskins own victories over Buckeye Trail (21-13) and Bridgeport (27-7) in addition to last week's win over River.
Barnesville downed the Shenandoah Zeps 28-6 last week to gain its first victory of the season.
Shamrock running back Dylan Burkhart torched the Zeps defense for 250 yards rushing on 29 carries for a pair of touchdowns.
Last season at Barnesville the Skins scored a 25-7 win over the Rocks.
MONROE CENTRAL (3-2) at MAGNOLIA (2-3)
Fresh off of a big Pioneer Valley Conference, 48-20 victory over Fort Frye last Friday night, Monroe Central hits the road looking for its fourth straight victory against Magnolia in New Martinsville, W.Va. tonight.
MC quarterback Curtis Nixon and running back Levi Brown each had a huge game against the Cadets in Week 5.
Brown rushed for 171 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns, while Nixon ran for 172 yards on 12 attemptss while completing six-of-nine passes for 100 more.
Coach Jay Circosta and his Noles opened the season with back-to-back losses against Union Local (14-13) and Shadyside (35-20) before playing more "Seminole-like" football with three consecutive conference victories over River (48-0), Caldwell (48-21) and Fort Frye.
Magnolia's 2-3 record is a bit deceiving as the Blue Eagles three losses have come by a combined total of 15 points.
Key players for Magnolia are wide receivers' Eric Smith and Jacob Brill along with running backs Drew Keller and Kage Rohde.
Last season Magnolia stunned the Seminoles in Woodsfield by rolling to a 35-15 victory.
TRIMBLE (5-0) at WATERFORD (1-4)
The season got off to a very promising start for head coach Tom Tucker and his Waterford Wildcats with a 20-12 victory over Miller.
Since then it's been a true struggle for the green and white as it has lost its last four games to the likes of Federal Hocking, Fort Frye, Eastern, and Wahama by a combined margin of 169-6.
Things don't figure to get any easier tonight for the Wildcats as they host the undefeated Trimble Tomcats in their homecoming game.
Last week, the Wildcats came out on the short end of a 54-6 loss to Wahama, a team that Trimble upset earlier in the season (12-7).
Freshman quarterback Issac Huffman and senior running back Austin Lang will have to have huge games against the tenacious Trimble defense for the Cats to challenge Trimble.
Lang leads Waterford with 218 rushing yards on the season for three touchdowns, including one last week that was the first Wildcat score since the season opener.
The Trimble defense has allowed just seven points in the first five games while reeling off wins against Nelsonville-York (40-0), South Gallia (48-0), Meigs (16-0) and Miller (55-0).
Last year in Glouster, Trimble rolled to a 49-0 victory over the Wildcats.
BELPRE (1-4) AT EASTERN (2-3)
The Belpre Golden Eagles travel to Reedsville Friday night looking to put an end to a four-game losing streak as they take on the Eastern Eagles in a Tri Valley Conference Hocking division matchup.
Belpre has not tasted victory since its season-opening 54-0 shellacking of Zanesville Rosecrans as it has dropped games to Fort Frye (41-28), Southern (19-0), Wahama (60-8) and Federal Hocking (21-13).
The injury-riddled Golden Eagles have played without running back Manny Tulius for much as the season as well as his backup Matthew Colvin.
Last week against Federal Hocking, quarterback Tavian Miller ran for one touchdown and connected with Trent McCoy on another as Belpre's comeback bid against the Lancers came up eight points short.
Eastern has wins over Waterford (28-0) and Miller (28-12) on the season, while suffering defeats at the hands of Symmes Valley (20-0), Wahama (54-0) and South Gallia (20-13).
Key players for Eastern include quarterback Dylan Bresciani and running back Zach Scowden who has ran for 257 on 51 carries.
Last year in Belpre, Eastern downed Belpre 48-20.
FEDERAL HOCKING (3-2) AT SOUTH GALLIA (3-2)
Federal Hocking will look for victory number four on the season tonight when tit pays a visit to Crown City to take on the South Gallia Rebels in a key Tri Valley Conference Hocking Division battle.
The Lancers have won three of their last four games including last week's 21-13 victory over Belpre.
Delbert Crum continues to have an outstanding season for the Phil Hoffman coached Lancers.
Crum has rushed 67 times on the season for 488 yards, while Peyton Seel has 246 rushing yards on 37 carries while hauling in eight pass receptions for 92 yards.
Seel has also notched touchdowns on both punt and kickoff returns as well as an interception for a score.
It would behoove Fed Hock to come away with a victory over the Rebels as it has games with powerhouses' Trimble and Wahama lurking on the second half of its schedule.
South Gallia comes into the contest looking for its third consecutive victory after wins over Miller (34-8) and Eastern (20-13).
Quarterback Landon Hutchinson, running back Jacob White, and wideout Devin Lucas are among those players that Federal Hocking will need to contain.
Last season in Stewart, the Lancers had no trouble at all with the Rebels as they rolled to a 56-0 victory.
BUCKEYE TRAIL (2-3) AT SHENANDOAH (0-5)
Buckeye Trail will be making the short trip to Sarahsville to take on the winless Shenandoah Zeps in a Pioneer Valley Conference battle.
The Warriors are coming off of a disappointing 34-0 loss to the Meadowbrook Colts that snapped a modest two-game winning streak.
Trail owns victories on the season over Barnesville (22-21) and Frontier (32-14), while falling in their first two games of the season to Ridgewood (27-21) and Caldwell (21-13).
The Kaleb Lawrence-led Zeps will look once again to snap a losing streak that now stands at 15 games.
Last week, the Zeps got on the board first on a 70-yard touchdown run by Ryan Lovette but surrendered 28 unanswered points in a 28-6 loss to the Barnesville Shamrocks.
Michael Vanfossen continues to pace the Shenandoah offense with 461 yards on 84 carries while quarterback Tanner Moore had his best game of the season against Barnesville as the senior completed 10-of-16 passes for 115 yards.
Last year in Lore City, Trail tripled up on the Zeps 42-14.
MORGAN (0-5) AT JOHN GLENN (3-2)
The Morgan Raiders would like nothing more than to travel to New Concord tonight and come away with its first victory of the season as it takes on the John Glenn Little Muskies.
John Glenn got off to a perfect 3-0 start this season before dropping consecutive games to Sheridan (12-7) and Philo (39-19).
The 2013 campaign has been a struggle from the very beginning for fourth-year Morgan head coach Nate Smith and his Raiders.
After dropping a 41-28 Week 1 decision to the Marietta Tigers, the Raiders have fallen to Tri Valley (54-0), New Lexington (47-7), Meadowbrook (19-6), and Sheridan (42-14).
Quarterback Michael Apperson has rushed for 132 yards on 42 carries this season, second to running back Jerome Mayle, who has tallied 218 yards on 45 touches.
Last season in McConnelsville, John Glenn scored a 41-18 victory over the Raiders.