Playing a schedule that already has included losses to one of the state's top Division V programs as well as to a CCL opponent much bigger in size, the Ready football team has been trying to get on track.

Making that more difficult is the Silver Knights have been battling injuries.

Ready had a few key players out or banged up during losses to West Jefferson (55-24 on Sept. 6) and St. Charles (19-7 on Sept. 13).

Although it's uncertain how long it will be before the Knights are back to full strength, some of those players were not expected to be in action as they took a 1-2 record into their matchup Sept. 20 at Liberty Union.

Ready plays host to Buckeye Valley on Friday, Sept. 27, at Fortress Obetz.

"We just have to eliminate our errors, our own self-inflicted wounds, and we have to get healthy," coach Joel Cutler said. "We had some improvement in some areas (against St. Charles). With a team this small ... you're going to see several freshmen (playing), and some guys that are normally one-way players will be playing two ways."

While West Jefferson was seventh in the Division V state poll released Sept. 16, St. Charles is a Division II program that improved to 3-0 by beating Ready, which is in Division V.

Liberty Union entered its matchup with the Knights at 0-3, and Buckeye Valley was 0-3 before playing Harvest Prep on Sept. 20 in its first game as a member of the MSL-Ohio Division.

The Barons also started 0-3 last season before recovering to finish 5-5.

In Buckeye Valley's 48-20 loss to Big Walnut on Sept. 6, senior quarterback Andy Anthony completed 17 of 30 passes for 194 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions and sophomore wide receiver Dalton Dodds had seven catches for 118 yards and one score. The Barons, however, were limited to 35 yards rushing.

In a 43-9 loss to Mount Vernon on Sept. 13, Buckeye Valley gave up 172 yards rushing and three touchdowns to Yellow Jackets running back Wyatt Gregory.

According to Cutler, junior linebackers Cole Matthews and Jacob Metz, senior lineman Thomas Stiltner and senior defensive back P.J. Daniels have led the defense.

Freshman Brian Fitzsimmons has been seeing increased time at running back alongside fullback JeJuan McGowan. Sophomore Andy Schulze has been getting more snaps at wide receiver.

"I'm sure (Buckeye Valley will be a) dogfight," Cutler said. "I don't know exactly where the pieces are going to fit yet."

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