Football Week 4 Preview

Winton Woods (1-2) at Watterson (1-2)

The only blemish during Watterson’s 2010 Division III state championship season came when it lost 23-14 at Cincinnati Winton Woods.

The Eagles will have an opportunity to avenge that setback when they play host to the Warriors on Friday, Sept. 16.

It will mark the fourth consecutive season that Watterson will play Winton Woods. The Eagles won the 2008 matchup 28-13 but lost to the Warriors 19-13 in overtime in 2009 as well as last season.

Both teams enter with 1-2 records.

“We lost to them last year, so we’re looking to beat them this time,” Eagles senior running back and linebacker Mario Dean said. “We’ve just got to show everyone that we can beat them.”

Watterson followed a 38-3 loss Aug. 26 at Pickerington North by beating Beechcroft 42-14 on Sept. 2.

Then on Sept. 9, the Eagles gave up a late touchdown and lost 26-24 at Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit. Quarterback Andy Elberson passed for 188 yards and three touchdowns to lead Watterson, but the Eagles gave up 210 yards passing and two touchdowns to Warriors quarterback Nick Wargo.

Winton Woods lost to Middletown 21-14 on Sept. 9. The Warriors opened with a 27-21 win over West Chester Lakota West on Aug. 27 but fell to Liberty Township Lakota East 38-37 in three overtimes Sept. 2.

Winton Woods, which won the 2009 Division II state title and advanced to the second round of the playoffs last season, uses the triple option to create one of the better rushing attacks in the Cincinnati area the past few seasons.

Quarterback Gary Underwood and running back Aaron Kemper both rushed for two touchdowns against Lakota East. Underwood scored on an 11-yard run and Kemper added a 1-yard TD run against Middletown. The top receiving threats are Marques Graves and Dominic Bell.

Defensively, among the top players for Winton Woods are Jules Ferguson at linebacker and Romell Key and Demetrius Suesberry in the secondary.

 —Jarrod Ulrey