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For the first time this season, Week 3 gives us full schedules in both the NHC and SAC, which should give us a better indication of the hierarchy within those two leagues. Friday represents the one-third point of the season, with conference races taking shape.
Here are the top five things we will learn this weekend.
Since a 49-46 defeat to East Noble on Sept. 3, 2010, the Spartans have won 20 consecutive NHC games. Interestingly, those same Knights get the first shot at Homestead this season on the league calendar, with kickoff set for Friday night at East Noble.
While some may consider the Spartans “down” compared with the last few years, there is no doubt Class 6A No. 10 Homestead is one of perhaps four contenders for the league crown, along with East Noble, Carroll and New Haven.
Much like last season, the Knights notched a pair of double-digit victories in the first two weeks. In Week 3 last year, Homestead demolished East Noble, 65-21.
That will no doubt be on the mind of the eighth-ranked Knights on Friday.
For those scoring at home, prior to this season the Knights had not begun a season 0-2 since the 2002 season with back-to-back losses to Snider and Northrop before an overtime victory over South Side.
The Archers just happen to be the opponent Friday in a matchup of 0-2 squads. It is tough to say which program needs this win more, with South Side having high expectations entering the season and the Knights grooming nearly a completely different lineup.
It does not appear that Bishop Luers is capable of putting up big points at this point in the season with so many new faces, so a low-scoring game while containing South Side's Donovan Clark may be the best recipe to avoid an 0-3 record.
Generals coach Robert Brown himself will tell you his team has proven nothing yet after a pair of victories over NCC schools, arguably the worst big-school football conference in the state.
Friday the Generals open SAC play at Concordia Lutheran, which while at 0-2 has been competitive against North Side and Bishop Dwenger.
Wayne has not been 3-0 since it opened the season with five straight wins in 1998. If the Generals can pull out a victory at Zollner Stadium, it may help them emerge as the third-best team in the SAC behind Snider and Bishop Dwenger.
There are plenty of storylines in this matchup not least of which is the modest two-game slide the Saints are on against the Redskins.
Despite losing 12 times the last two seasons, Bishop Dwenger was 2-0 entering the North Side game in Week 3, falling both times.
Also worth watching is North Side senior D'Marcus Moon, formerly of Bishop Dwenger, taking on his former team.
The Class 4A No. 4 Saints have been particularly stingy defensively in the first two weeks, allowing just 12 points per game in wins over South Side and Concordia Lutheran. North Side presents the biggest challenge to date, particularly junior quarterback Michael Lovett, who accounted for more than 500 total yards in last week's defeat at Delta.
Last season, the Flying Jets entered Week 3 at 2-0 and feeling positive about being competitive against Leo, then were handed a 34-0 loss.
In 2013, Adams Central again is at 2-0, ranked No. 9 in Class A with the Lions coming to town Friday. While slowing down the Lions' offense is of paramount importance, the big challenge for the Flying Jets may be moving the ball consistently and keeping it away from Leo. The Lions have forced 11 turnovers over the first two games and have given up just six points overall.
Adams Central will have to score more than that if it is to have a shot at upsetting Class 4A No. 14 Leo.