The Watkins Memorial High School football team will face a "big" test Friday, Sept. 9, when it travels to play Athens.

The Watkins Memorial High School football team will face a "big" test Friday, Sept. 9, when it travels to play Athens.

The Warriors don't have their traditional size up front and possibly could hide in the shadows of the Bulldogs' offensive linemen.

Athens features four senior returnees on its line in guards Brody Rodgers (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) and Cameron Kasler (6-3, 300), center Luke Carpenter (6-1, 240) and tackle Nick Engelmann (6-2, 230). Sophomore Eli Kennedy (6-3, 250) is the other starting tackle.

The Bulldogs, who lost to Canal Winchester 21-14on Sept. 2, beat Vincent Warren 41-0 in their opener Aug. 26. They had a 34-0 halftime lead with junior quarterback Treyce Albin and junior running back Tyler Roback making their first varsity starts in their no-huddle offense. Albin was 10-for-13 passing for 181 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 30 yards and a touchdown, while Roback had 11 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Wide receiver Robert Dickelman had three receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown against Warren.

The Bulldogs' defense is led by Tanner Tritipo and Jack Haseley at linebacker, Engelmann and Brendan Sano on the line and Andy Kostival and Nate Gribble in the secondary.

Watkins Memorial was looking to get its offense in gear against Walnut Ridge on Sept. 2 after opening with a 9-6 loss to Whetstone on Aug. 26. They beat the Scots 18-8.

Terry Lowery (RB), Garth Medors (SB) and Kaleb Morris (QB) are expected to lead the Warriors' offense, while linemen Nathan Moffo and Dakota Patterson and defensive backs Cole Nixon and Casey Music are projected to lead their defense.