The Ready High School football team's run defense will be tested when it faces London and senior running back Michael Johnson on Friday, Sept. 11, at DeSales.

The Ready High School football team's run defense will be tested when it faces London and senior running back Michael Johnson on Friday, Sept. 11, at DeSales.

Helping the Silver Knights counter the Red Raiders' rushing attack is a running back who could be coming into his own in sophomore Devin Dukes.

In Ready's opening 37-19 win over Whitehall on Aug. 28 at DeSales, Dukes ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns.

In a 42-30 win over Urbana on Aug. 28, London got 284 yards rushing and four touchdowns from Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder who also was a key player last season when Ready beat the Red Raiders 41-6.

London defeated Springfield Greenon 55-6 on Sept. 4 and Ready beat Briggs 34-33 on Sept. 5.

Dukes rushed for three touchdowns against Briggs, which missed three extra points and two two-point conversion attempts. The game originally was scheduled for Sept. 4, but was postponed because of bad weather.

"(Dukes) has real strength and great speed," Knights coach Brian Cross said. "It takes a while sometimes to see where he needs to go, but once he hits the hole, he's hard to bring down."

London, which went 2-8 last season, is coached by former Ready assistant Kyle Cutler. He assisted at Ready in 2012 and 2013 under his brother, Joel Cutler, who is in his second season as Upper Arlington's coach.

In the Red Raiders' first season under Cutler, they were held to 14 points or fewer six times and posted their only victories over Greenon, which would finish 0-10, and first-year Worthington Christian, which went 1-9.

In addition to the contributions of Johnson in the opener, sophomore quarterback Josh Handley hit senior tight end Zane Fought for a 78-yard touchdown and senior Skylor Calhoun ran for a 6-yard touchdown.

Ready also got a big performance from sophomore Tristin Siemer against Whitehall. He returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown and added a 23-yard touchdown catch from senior Dominic Lombardi.

In last year's win over London, Dukes rushed for an 84-yard touchdown as the Knights finished with 305 yards rushing.