The annual King of the Road game will be played Friday night at Barbour Memorial Field as Goshen visits Blanchester.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Wildcats (0-4) will look to get that first win at the midpoint of the season against a 2-2 Warriors squad.
“Goshen is well-coached and disciplined,” BHS coach Brandon Sammons said. “They have an identity on each side and trust their schemes and plans. It’s mostly a matter of can we stop what they do and can we execute on our end. They will give us some problems but we feel we can give them some, too.”
Despite being winless, Sammons saw progress from his squad in a 35-26 loss to Wilmington last week.
“We played with great effort and heart, very happy about that for us,” said Sammons. “Still plenty to work on but a good starting point. Injuries and physical issues are starting to mount. So keeping guys healthy will be a big thing for us moving forward.”
From here, though, Sammons would like to see his Wildcats close with a roar, collectively as a team and not individually.
“We’re still fighting individual mindsets and guys being willing to sell out for the greater good,” he said. “Buying into a concept of everyone trusting each other and working toward a common goal has been a struggle. Little by little we’re chipping away.”
Sammons said the play of Colt Conover and Gage Huston has been inspiring.
“I would say our younger linebackers, Conover and Huston, have done the best job and grown the most,” said Sammons. “They’ve been pressed into action more than we thought they’d be in important situations at this point. I’ve enjoyed seeing them do well.”
Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @wnjsports