5 Best Bets: Week 3

Week 2 was a wild one around the Tri-state area to say the least. There was a plethora of instant classics, dominating performances, rivalry games, and upsets. With much of the early season noise behind us, Week 3 has a lot of intriguing matchups with big ramifications for many schools already. Here are some of the must-see games in this week’s 5 Best Bets.

No. 6 Princeton at No. 11 Sycamore
The Vikings finally put it together in Week 2, and showed us the team they are capable of being. Dominating Withrow in virtually every statistical category and cruising to a 42-0 victory. Sycamore comes into this game with an unblemished record as well, after an impressive 31-24 victory over a scrappy Kings team. The big matchup to watch in this game will be the Aviators’ passing attack vs the Vikings’ secondary. Sycamore quarterback Andrew Fehr has five passing touchdowns and no interceptions so far this season. They have accumulated more than 300 passing yards total in two games. Princeton has suffocated their opponents wide receivers, allowing less than 200 combined passing yards in two games.

No. 10 Lakota West at No. 13 Hamilton
The Big Blue are playing the best football they have in years. They’re already 2-0 on the season and coming off an extremely impressive 28-14 win over Anderson. Lakota West righted the ship last Friday with a 30-15 win over Centerville. Both of these teams can run the ball effectively, but Hamilton has the advantage through the air with Quincy Simms-Marshall behind center. This matchup likely comes down to defense, with the turnover battle and possession time being the deciding factors. Both teams will come into this game with the mindset of winning in the trenches, but will have to avoid the “big mistake”.

No. 16 Anderson at No. 20 Harrison
A pair of teams that are coming off tough losses in Week 2, Harrison’s lack of offense against East Central was one of the biggest surprises of the week. Going from almost 500 yards of total offense in week one, to less than 300 in last week. Star QB Connor Kinnett didn’t throw a TD pass, and had one INT. Pair that with two crucial turnovers, it’s going to be difficult to win any game. Anderson also had multiple costly turnovers that plagued them in the end. This team has to get more out of their running and passing game. Less than 100 yards rushing and 170 yards passing against almost any team is not going to get the job done. One of these teams is primed to get things right offensively, and they will move to 2-1.

No. 22 Wyoming at No. 25 Mount Healthy
So far, Wyoming is living up to the hype they were getting coming into the season. Fresh off a state championship, and having one of the better QBs in the country in Even Prather, it’s hard not to like The Cowboys. Winning their first two games by a combined 68-7, this is a team humming in all facets of the game and has now reeled off 17 straight victories. Mount Healthy on the other hand is trying to bounce back from a tough week. Coming off a tough 37-7 loss against Coldwater, it’s all about the running game for the Owls. In their season-opening win against Tippecanoe, they had a jaw dropping 424 yards rushing. The next week that number dropped to 74. This game favors Wyoming in just about every way possible; But Arvie Crouch’s team will be hungry to prove that their performance in Week 1 wasn’t an anomaly.

No. 12 Highlands at No. 17 Simon Kenton
Highlands was impressive as any team in the Tri-state area in Week 2, although they dominated a much inferior opponent in Campbell County. They have scored 40 or more points in two of their three games, and can light up almost any defense in front of them. Simon Kenton has been difficult to grasp. They have given us every look in this young season. Winning in a shootout in Week 0, getting blown out in their second contest of the year, and grinding out a 13-10 win last Friday. Highlands comes into this game with more momentum, but both of these teams have shown vulnerability, especially on the defensive side of the ball. We will learn a lot about both of these squads this week.

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Here are some other games for teams ranked inside the Blitz 5 Top 25:

Clearwater International at #1 Elder
#2 St. Xavier at Penn (IN)
Oak Hills at #3 Colerain
#4 Fairfield at #21 Middletown
Upper Arlington at #5 Winton Woods
Mansfield (MA) at #8 La Salle
Lafayette at #15 Moeller
Loveland at #19 Milford
Xenia at #24 Franklin

Dixie Heights at #7 Covington Catholic
Boone County at #23 Ryle

#9 East Central at Franklin County

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