Week 3 of Friday Night Lights is upon us as Mason County looks to get back in the win column, Fleming County hopes to build off last week’s momentum, Lewis County has a week off and Manchester wants to forget about last week.
Teams are starting to get a feel for themselves while also working some newer players in and hope to gather a rhythm as we’re about three weeks away from district play beginning.
Here’s a look at the coverage area games:
ROWAN COUNTY AT MASON COUNTY, 7:30 P.M.
The Royals look to bounce back after losing to rival Fleming County, 35-14 last week. They got good yardage from their ground game as Seth Chambers racked up 181 of the Royals’ 213 yards on the ground, but special teams hurt, especially in the punting game where a punt return for a touchdown, a blocked punt and a high snap set up three of the Panthers’ scores on the evening. Now comes Rowan County, the Vikings entering at 1-1 with a win over Morgan County and an overtime loss to Bath County last week. Much like the Royals, Rowan relies on a workhorse in the backfield in Cole Wallace as he’s tallied 238 yards rushing on 38 carries with four touchdowns on the season. They’ve also shown they’re not afraid to throw it, but haven’t done so with much efficiency yet, completing just over 30 percent of their passes with Tabor Wright under center. Ball security will be key for the Royals as the Vikings have forced eight turnovers in their first two games.
FLEMING COUNTY AT GREENUP COUNTY, 7:30 P.M.
The Panthers face a tough task Friday evening against a potent Greenup County offense. The Musketeers have put up 87 points in their first two contests, going 2-0 with wins over Lewis County and Russell. Fleming County improved defensively in their 35-14 win over Mason County, but will need an all-around effort to stop the aerial attack from Eli Sammons (309 yards passing, 5 touchdowns) and the two-headed rushing attack from Dalton Halstead (323 yards rushing, 5 TDs) and Bryce Burgess (109 yards rushing 2 TDs). In order to match them on the scoreboard, the Panthers are hopeful quarterback Jonathan Maher continues to progress, coming off a week where he threw for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Cole Saunders was the main beneficiary of that, recording 117 yards receiving on eight catches with two touchdowns and a punt return for a touchdown.
MIAMI VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY AT MANCHESTER, 7 P.M.
The Greyhounds are hopeful game one is nothing like game two. They’ll look to rebound with MVCA Friday evening in their home opener. Fayetteville-Perry knocked off the Hounds 46-0 last week. The Lions come in at 1-0 with a 49-6 win over Hillcrest in their opener. MVCA handed Manchester a 45-0 defeat a season ago.