When Hartley High School football coach Brad Burchfield watches video of Ready, he sees an opponent with similar play calling compared to a year ago.
He believes the difference this fall for the Silver Knights, who take a 9-0 record into their matchup with the Hawks on Friday, Nov. 1, at Hilliard Bradley, is that they run their system significantly better.
Hartley, which is 8-1, has beaten Ready each of the last three seasons for the CCL-Gold Division title, including 42-8 last year.
"They're really impressive with their offensive and defensive lines," Burchfield said. "Their tailback (senior Akili Taylor) is a one-man gang. They're riding high because they're just destroying people and we've had to fight really hard."
Taylor has rushed for 1,546 yards and is among the area leaders in touchdowns with 23. He rushed for 94 yards and four touchdowns in a 63-8 win at Muskegon Heights (Mich.) on Oct. 26. Ready led 63-0 at halftime.
Senior running back DeAndre Golden and senior wide receiver Myles Fowler have been contributors since becoming eligible Oct. 4.
Senior Brady Taylor has anchored an offensive line that has helped the Knights average 55.2 points.
On defense, Hartley features junior Tayron Washington and senior Kalil Morris on the line. The Hawks lost linebacker Jack Zang to an injury earlier this month.
Burchfield has been pleased with the contributions of sophomore linebacker Quri Hickman and sophomore defensive back Rian Anderson.
Senior running back Sam Mackowiak has rushed for 1,363 yards and 18 touchdowns and senior quarterback Jared Brandewie has thrown 12 touchdown passes.
"Throughout the year we've gotten a lot better," Burchfield said.