Week 3 of the high school football season brings more non-conference play for the six-team Frontier Athletic Conference with four of the teams hitting the road, and for the first time this season, all of the conference teams will be playing on a Friday night.

The games this week are as follows:



• Chillicothe (1-1) at Watkins Memorial (1-1)
• Hillsboro (1-1) at East Clinton (1-1)
• Jackson (2-0) at Logan (0-2)
• McClain (0-2) at Zane Trace (0-2)
• Miami Trace (1-1) vs. Logan Elm (1-1)
• Washington (2-0) at Adena (2-0)

Football in this area — especially in the FAC and even when some of these teams were members of other conferences — is known for the rushing game. Thus far through two weeks of football, there have been a total of nine 100-plus yard rushing performances in the FAC, including two last Friday night.

Those two rushing performances came from Jayden Spires of Jackson (24-123-1) and Hunter Thomas of Chillicothe (29-165-0). Spires actually leads the FAC in rushing as his first game saw him have a line of 18-156-1, and his two-game total is 42 carries for 279 yards and two touchdowns.

This week should be no different as there is sure to be at least one 100-yard rushing performance, but my guess is there will be more than that, and probably more than the two we saw from last Friday night.

Speaking of offenses, the Hillsboro Indians are in need of adding to their offensive numbers, and not just on yards and carries, but the team has yet to score points in the second half through the first two weeks of the season. The dry spell for the end zone in the second hasn’t been for lack of trying because the Indians have put together some solid second-half drives in the first two weeks, it is just they haven’t been able to add points.

That should change on Friday night with the Indians at a young East Clinton team, and with the athletes and experience Hillsboro has on their roster, they should have more success in Week 3 when trying to score points in the second half.

The Indians have a four-player offensive attack where the ball is carried by mostly Silas Simmons, Mark Gallimore, Logan Hester and quarterback Justin Spears.

After two games in ’19, East Clinton has quarterback Jared Smith passing 9-of-18 for 134 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. The EC rushing leader is Todd Wedding with 36 carries for 158 yards and one touchdown, including a run of 25 yards this season. Kaleb Kingery and Isaiah Conger each lead EC in sacks with one.

• Another game that jumps off the schedule is Washington at Adena, because both teams have played well in their games this season. Adena didn’t get to play last week as they gained a win via forfeit when Elgin was unable to have enough players to have a game.

Washington enters Week 3 with wins over Blanchester (26-0) and Circleville (48-14), as quarterback Ethan Rogers-Wright is coming off a game last week where he was 13-of-25 for 245 yards with five touchdown passes and no interceptions. He also rushed for 55 yards on six carries, so he’s a player to watch this Friday night.

As for Adena, in Week 1 when they faced McClain, quarterback Preston Sykes was 7-of-9 for 151 yards with one touchdown, plus he had six rushes for 110 yards and a touchdown, so for the Blue Lions and Warriors showdown, this could be a battle of the quarterbacks.

• The McClain Tigers are on the road at Zane Trace, and this is the second straight road game for McClain as they’ve had a short week by playing their second game last Saturday in a loss to Northwest. McClain has struggled to score points in the first half this season with zero in the first two games.

MHS is coming off a game where they were held to 14 points and were led in rushing by Dalton Mischal with 69 yards and Matt Bliss with 56 yards, unofficially.

For Zane Trace, according to SVCSportsZone.com, they were led by Cougar Stauffer with 23 carries for 177 yards rushing, and Gabe Shanton had 150 yards of offense with one touchdown pass.

Both McClain and Zane Trace are looking for their first win of the season.

• The Chillicothe Cavaliers earned their first win of the season last Friday against Mifflin, and one standout in the game was Christian Benson at quarterback with a 7-of-14 performance for 51 yards, along with 11 rushes for 24 yards.

Another CHS standout was Hunter Thomas with 29 carries for 165 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Also defensively, the Cavs had three interceptions last week on defense with Cade Williams, Joel Barnes and Braedon Jones all having interceptions in the 27-14 win.

Watkins Memorial is coming off a 38-19 win over Whetstone, where Watkins Memorial scored all but nine of their points in the second half.

A player to watch for Watkins Memorial is Jeffrey Hessler who had 30 carries last week, rushing for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Another Watkins Memorial player is Luke Mumford, who in Week 2 had five receptions for 51 yards and two touchdown receptions.

• The Panthers of Miami Trace had a rough outing last Friday with a 56-24 loss to the Wilmington Hurricane, even with MTHS scoring points in three of the four quarters played. The defense of MTHS allowed 35 points in the first half and that, added with another 21 points in the third against the ’Cane, proved to be too much to overcome in Week 2.

Austin Carpenter and quarterback Dalton Mayer are the standouts from last Friday, and from looking at their stat sheet, the Panthers liked to spread out their carries in 2019. In Week 2, MTHS had five players carry the ball, with Carpenter leading the way with 11 carries for 57 yards and one touchdown.

Logan Elm is coming off a 38-20 loss to Westfall, and as a team in Week 2 the Braves of LEHS had 225 yards of offense, including quarterback Conner Robinson passing for 15-of-34 for 215 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Donte Dryden had four receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown for LEHS.

The could be a fun game too as the offense seem to be different with MT known for rushing the ball, and at least for Week 2, the Braves passed the football more than they rushed it.

• Jackson is looking for their third straight win to start the season as they are facing the 0-2 Logan Chieftains on Friday.

The Ironmen enter Week 3 with wins over Wellston and Athens. JHS quarterback Jared Icenhower is coming off a game where he was 6-of-8 for 111 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Also watch for Spires, who has the aforementioned 52 carries for 279 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 139 yards rushing per game with an average of 21 carries per game.