Finding a balance between the run and pass could be the Watterson High School football team's best alternative when it faces its next opponent.

Finding a balance between the run and pass could be the Watterson High School football team's best alternative when it faces its next opponent.

In the Eagles' CCL-Silver Division opener Friday, Sept. 18, they'll face a host St. Charles team that gave up more than 300 total yards in a 37-22 loss to Reynoldsburg on Sept. 4.

That night, the Cardinals allowed 173 yards passing and 160 on the ground and squandered a 16-7 halftime lead.

Watterson, meanwhile, has struggled finding consistency on offense so far.

The Eagles scored a season-high point total and improved to 2-1 with a 21-0 victory over Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit on Sept. 11.

"We've just got to block better, and we've got to be careful with the football," coach Dan Bjelac said. "We play St. Charles pretty early this year with the way they changed the schedule in the CCL."

Although the teams have split the last four meetings, the Eagles lead the all-time series 39-10.

St. Charles opened with a 38-0 win over Columbus South on Aug. 28 and beat Big Walnut 31-16 on Sept. 11 to improve to 2-1 overall.

In Watterson's 13-7 win over Olentangy Orange on Sept. 4, senior quarterback Stephen Markos was held to just 42 yards passing but rushed for 66 yards and one touchdown.

Junior Adam Kasun also has been a key running back all season for the Eagles.

Defensively for Watterson, senior linebacker Sam Lewis, senior linemen Adam Gilles, Matt Kent, Michael Schweitzer and Chase Towns and junior lineman Max Bratka have led the way.

The Eagles continued their strong play on defense against Walsh Jesuit, posting their first shutout since beating Lorain 63-0 on Oct. 8, 2010. They went on to win the Division III state title that season.

St. Charles quarterback Joe Maciejewski has had some success both through the air and on the ground, but the Cardinals' running game has struggled at times.

Against Reynoldsburg, Maciejewski passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns but the Cardinals were held to just 99 yards rushing on 34 carries.

Running backs Pearson McDaniel and Davionn Johnson and wide receiver Ian Lennon are other key players on offense for St. Charles.

"We're getting better, but with a lot of room for improvement," Bjelac said. "Obviously, it seems like we're playing a little better (defensively) than we are (offensively). I think we've been fairly sound in what we've been doing in turns of running to the ball well, and we've created a number of turnovers."