Effingham (0-3) at Charleston (1-2), Friday 7 p.m.
Both teams coming off of losses last week, Effingham will travel to Charleston for a game at 7 p.m. on Friday, and Effingham will be looking for its first win this season.
The Flaming Hearts are coming off of a 28-6 loss to Centralia on Friday and they’re facing a Trojan team that suffered a similarly large loss. The Trojans lost 42-7 to Chatham Glenwood.
However, both teams are facing quarterback issues. Effingham’s starter to begin the season, Kevin Daugherty broke his collarbone in a loss to Paxton-Buckley-Loda the second week of the season. Meanwhile, Charleston started freshman Ridge Boyer in last week’s loss.
Against Chatham Glenwood, Boyer was 6-for-11 passing for 36 yards. Daugherty’s replacement, Dylan Wolff, was 8-for-21 for 178 yards in his debut on Friday.
It’s unclear who will get the nod at QB for the Trojans between Boyer and Dallas Wilson.
Also, Friday’s game will be the start of the Apollo Conference season for both teams, a conference that is led by a 2-1 Paris team so far.
Charleston is on a two-game losing streak, having given up 87 points in the two losses, after picking up a 36-22 win against Rantoul to begin the year.
Effingham hasn’t scored more than 15 points all season, losing to Breese Mater Dei in the season opener, 34-15; however, the three losses came against teams that have a combined record of 9-0. Friday’s game will also be Effingham’s first road game this season.
Last season, Charleston beat Effingham 46-7 on its way to a 9-2 season. Effingham finished last season with a 2-7 record.
Cumberland (0-3, 0-1) at Palestine (1-2, 0-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
Cumberland is inching closer to its loss total from last season’s 6-4 season, as they enter Friday’s game against Palestine with an 0-3 record.