Canal Winchester's top priority is to get its spread offense back on track after rushing for 48 yards on 25 carries and passing for 124 yards with two interceptions in a 28-13 home loss to Amanda-Clearcreek on Sept. 23.

Canal Winchester's top priority is to get its spread offense back on track after rushing for 48 yards on 25 carries and passing for 124 yards with two interceptions in a 28-13 home loss to Amanda-Clearcreek on Sept. 23.

Coach Shawn Hinkle said it's crucial that the Indians establish their running attack early when they play at Bloom-Carroll in an MSL-Buckeye Division game on Friday, Sept. 30.

Leading Canal Winchester in rushing are running back Jaquan Ransome (273 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries), quarterback Alex Fox (198 yards and four scores on 46 attempts) and running back John Franklin (128 yards and one touchdown on 36 carries).

Fox has completed 54 of 104 passes for 782 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Bulldogs' defense is coming off its best game of the season, a 35-13 home win over Fairfield Union on Sept. 23 in which it forced three turnovers and held the Falcons to 81 yards in the second half.

"We didn't execute well at all offensively against Amanda-Clearcreek," Hinkle said. "We had breakdowns in our pass protection and we made too many stupid mistakes. We're looking to re-establish our running game first, because if we can run the ball, that's going to help get our passing game going."

The Bulldogs' offense will try to put the Indians' 3-5 defense on its heels with quarterback Josh Roach directing a balanced attack.

Against Fairfield Union, Roach was 12-for-15 passing for 137 yards and one touchdown, Zach Jude rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and Julio Cruz had 10 catches for 127 yards and one score.

The Indians' defense gave up 229 rushing yards and 132 passing yards against Amanda-Clearcreek, but Hinkle said his defense played better than what those statistics indicate.

Leading Canal Winchester's defense are linebackers Deontaye Cosby (40 tackles, three tackles for losses), Jesse Osborne (63 tackles), Dean Myers (34 tackles, four tackles for losses) and Nick Toledo (34 tackles, 2.5 sacks and six tackles for losses) and end Thomas Dexter (35 tackles, 2.5 sacks and six tackles for losses).

"Bloom-Carroll's offense is fairly balanced," Hinkle said. "We just want our defense to continue doing what it's been doing because it played a good game (against Amanda-Clearcreek). Our offense just put our defense in a bad position too many times."