The Canal Winchester High School football team is looking to remain unbeaten but faces its toughest task so far as the Indians travel Friday to Amanda-Clearcreek.

The Aces lost two of their first three games, but enter 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the MSL-Buckeye Division.

They fell to Newark Catholic 13-12 on Aug. 23, beat Zane Trace 31-6 on Aug. 29, then lost to Liberty Union 37-7 on Sept. 5.

Since then, they have defeated Bloom-Carroll 21-0 on Sept. 12, lost to Logan Elm 21-7 on Sept. 19 and beat Circleville 17-7 last Friday.

The three losses by Amanda-Clearcreek have come against teams which are a combined 15-3.

Last season Canal Winchester beat visiting Amanda-Clearcreek 27-22.

"Obviously, they're a fantastic program and (coach) Ron Hinton has done a great job there," coach Phil Mauro said.

"They are a storied program with great success in the league and on the state level. They're a tremendous program and we know we'll be in for a great challenge."

Amanda-Clearcreek is led by running back Garren Dilley, who is among the top running backs in the area leaders with 910 yards rushing. He had a 78-yard touchdown run last Friday against Circleville en route to a 201-yard effort.

"Dilley is a strong runner who's really one of the top players in our league," Mauro said.

"They've got a big offensive line in front of him, so stopping him will be a great challenge."

Charged with stopping Dilley will be the front seven consisting of linemen Zack Hitchens, Travis Stevenson and Morgan Tucker and linebackers Ryan Rose, Tyler Steube, Harrison Rosch and O.J. Green. Those players were instrumental in slowing Fairfield Union's Patrick Seesholtz, who gained 135 yards, but 81 of those came on one carry.

While the Indians have cut down on their penalties, the center-quarterback exchange still is resulting in fumbles each game. In their win over the Falcons last Friday, the Indians fumbled twice on the goal line in three plays, the second time turning the ball over to Fairfield Union with less than six minutes left in the game.

Quarterback Justin Whitlatch was under center for those plays but normally operates out of the shotgun. Mauro said he won't hesitate to put Whitlatch under center in the future despite what could've been a game-ending turnover.

"We went with a different center and we just didn't do as well on the exchanges as we wanted," Mauro said. "We've change some things up a bit with personnel and we'll continue to look at it, but we'll put Justin under center again."