Throughout the team's scrimmages, the Ready football coaching staff kept the play-calling as simple as possible.
The benefit of limiting the playbook is coach Joel Cutler believes the Silver Knights might have caught Genoa Area off guard during a season-opening 24-7 victory Aug. 30.
Some of the mystery of what Ready will try to establish on a weekly basis might be gone by the time it plays its Week 3 contest Friday, Sept. 13, at St. Charles, but there has been much to build on for the Knights.
Ready lost to Genoa 28-0 in its opener last season.
"I was real pleased with how we handled (the opener in a) business-trip like (way)," said Cutler, whose team played West Jefferson on Sept. 6 at Fortress Obetz. "I think we definitely did (surprise Genoa) because I typically show nothing in scrimmages so that it's good luck figuring us out."
One of the biggest bright spots so far has been how junior quarterback Darius Parham has handled himself during his first experience playing at the prep level. He was 11-for-13 passing for 83 yards with one touchdown and one interception and rushed seven times for 44 yards and one score in the opener.
Others contributing on offense against Genoa included senior running back Jack Foley (22 rushes, 132 yards), junior running back JeJuan McGowan (35 yards rushing), senior wide receiver P.J. Daniels (3 catches, 36 yards), junior wide receiver Tyrese Hudson (5 catches, 29 yards) and senior tight end Donovan Sanders (2 catches, 23 yards, 1 TD).
Ready, which was going for its second win in as many seasons against West Jefferson, will play St. Charles for the first time since beating the Cardinals 36-29 in 2001.
The Knights are not competing in the CCL but are playing one CCL team per season on a rotating basis.
The Cardinals opened with a 28-21 victory over Dublin Scioto on Aug. 30 and played Eastmoor Academy on Sept. 6.
St. Charles has endured five consecutive losing seasons but last year split its final four games and finished 4-6.
Against Scioto, Roland Rowe ran for a 23-yard touchdown and scored on a 41-yard reception during a 21-point first quarter. The Cardinals sealed the victory with an interception return for a touchdown in the third period.
"A lot of (St. Charles' players) were guys we played with in eighth grade and seventh grade, so it's going to be a little bit of a rivalry," senior two-way lineman Jacob Robinson said. "We went to different feeder schools, but we were on the same football team. Some of them are definitely our good buddies."