Battle for 1st place

Rams face tough test in Harvest Prep

When Harvest Prep joined the MSL-Ohio Division before this season, Whitehall football coach Rod Lightfoot anticipated his team’s Week 9 game against the Warriors would have a bearing on the league title chase.

The teams will meet Friday, Oct. 25, at Harvest Prep with first place on the line. The Warriors are 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the league, and a win would give them at least a share of the league championship after they won the past five MSL-Cardinal titles.

“Harvest Prep will be a big challenge for us,” Lightfoot said. “They have a lot of tools at their disposal. They’ll be ready for us. We have to put some work in this week and see if we can get better and just keep moving forward.”

The Rams have won four consecutive games to move to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the league.

“Our kids are really responding to challenges a little better than they did earlier in the season,” Lightfoot said. “We seem to be playing together as a team more than not. Let’s see if we can keep moving forward.”

The Rams are coming off a 20-10 win against Ready on Oct. 18. Ni’Kai Cameron passed for 138 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 112 yards, and Melvin Tinsley rushed for 76 yards.

“Whitehall is extremely athletic,” Harvest Prep coach Milan Smith said. “They’re very talented. Rod gets his guys motivated. He knows what he’s doing.”

Harvest Prep remained perfect in the league with a 33-0 win over Bexley on Oct. 18. The Warriors outgained the Lions 392-82.

Jaylen Jennings rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown and had two touchdown passes. Aidan Rogers rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries.

“There are some similarities to our offenses,” Lightfoot said. “They’re going to get the ball into the hands of the guys who have been playmakers and we’ll probably do the same thing. They’re going to have some speed that we’re going to have to contend with. I’m pretty sure our kids are going to be up to the challenge.”

Smith is a former offensive coordinator for the Rams.

“I’m absolutely looking forward to this game,” he said. “Rod Lightfoot is a good friend of mine. He does a great job over there. They have had success in the Ohio Division. We’re new to the division, so it’s going to be a really good game. It’s going to be really exciting.”