New Albany at Watkins Memorial
Winners of six consecutive games, including the past two over playoff hopeful Olentangy and Big Walnut, the Eagles would clinch at least a share of the OCC-Capital title with a win this week. Darron Lee, an Ohio State recruit, is as much a threat at defensive back as under center; his interception in the final minutes last week ended Big Walnut's last-ditch comeback hopes. Alan Watson is the finesse runner; Leslie Anokye is adept at gaining tough yards.
Ben Shroyer, a junior, has thrown for 835 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions to guide a Warriors' offense built around Brenden Kemp, a third-year starter who has rushed for more than 1,200 yards. Despite returning nine starters on defense, the Warriors' only wins have come against teams with a combined 4-12 record.
*LAST WEEK -- Watson rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. The Eagles amassed 346 yards rushing but needed Watson's 75-yard touchdown run with five minutes remaining to clinch the win, New Albany's fifth consecutive over Big Walnut.
Watkins Memorial managed just 112 total yards against Olentangy. Kemp rushed for 54 yards on 15 carries, and Shroyer was 6-for-17 passing for 48 yards.