With two seniors and one junior among its starters, the secondary was an area of strength last season for the Ready High School football team's defense.

With two seniors and one junior among its starters, the secondary was an area of strength last season for the Ready High School football team's defense.

A much more inexperienced defensive backfield could get its first big test Friday, Sept. 4, when the Silver Knights play at Briggs.

Ready, which opened Aug. 28 by winning 37-19 over Whitehall, has a pair of returning starters in the secondary in sophomore Tristin Siemer and senior Dominic Lombardi.

The secondary is rounded out by juniors Donald Butts and Kevin Morrison, who are full-time starters for the first time.

Although Briggs has featured a run-oriented offense in recent seasons, second-year coach Larry Willoughby is attempting to add more passing plays for senior quarterback Tyson Miles.

The Bruins opened Aug. 28 by beating Columbus East 49-28.

"We're very young in the secondary, but their strength is that they're all pretty good athletes," coach Brian Cross said. "They've all got good speed and they all catch the ball pretty well."

The last time the teams met was in 2013, when Ready beat the Bruins 63-20 on its way to a 12-2 record and a state semifinal finish. Briggs went 1-9 that season.

Ready also beat the Bruins 49-6 in 2012 in the first meeting between the programs since 2002.

Last fall, the Knights finished 5-4 while Briggs went 4-6.

In addition to Miles, the Bruins return senior running back Conner Holt and four offensive linemen, including senior Tyler Poeschel.

Other key players on Ready's defense include seniors Kyle Usner and Marcus Stone on the line and senior Hunter Inks at linebacker.

"(Briggs is) starting to throw the ball a little more," Cross said. "They've got about 35 kids on their team and they're very physical."