Prep Football

Prep football preview: Charleston at Quincy Notre Dame

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 12, 2017 12:12 pm

Charleston at QND

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Advance Physical Therapy Field.

Records: Charleston -- 0-7. QND -- 4-3.

Radio: ESPN 1440 AM, WGEM 98.9 FM, WTAD 930 AM.

Last meeting: First meeting.

Scouting the Trojans: Charleston had lost 17 games in a row going into last season, but then it won three games in 2016 under first-year coach Tyler Hanner and appeared to have possibly turned a corner. The Trojans are winless this season, but remarkably, most of the games have been at least somewhat competitive.

The biggest loss was a 55-20 decision to Taylorville. Three losses have been by 20 or more points to Effingham, Lincoln and Mount Zion. Charleston opened with a 26-13 loss to Canton and a 24-12 loss to Mahomet Seymour, and it also lost 41-24 to Mattoon.

"When you watch them on video, you try to figure out how they haven't won a game," QND coach Bill Connell said. "They're huge up front. They average 275 pounds on the offensive line, and defensively it might be 290. They're big, a lot bigger than us."

Quarterback Seth Higgins has completed 84 of 213 passes (41 percent) for 945 yards and five touchdowns, but he's also thrown 10 interceptions. His favorite receiver is Griffin Green, who Connell calls "a freak athlete." Green has caught 32 passes for 500 yards.

The top running backs are seniors Cameron McDonald (305 yards on 81 carries) and Reed Littleford (222 yards on 57 carries), but the Trojans average just 3.2 yards per carry.

Green is Charleston's leading tackler with 92 tackles.

Scouting the Raiders: Yes, a victory over a winless Charleston team would give QND a fifth victory that virtually assures a playoff bid. But if you think Connell is worried about the playoffs, you haven't been around Connell long.

"We've got to do the things we do well," he said. "We can't look any farther ahead than we are right now. Two weeks ago, LSU got beat by Troy, and last week, Iowa State came in with a reserve quarterback and beast Oklahoma. If you look ahead, they'll knock your butt out. We're not going to talk about the playoffs."

The Raiders welcomed back injured linemen Aaron Moore and Rhett Magee last week, but they lost lineman Malachi Lentz to a knee injury.

The Raiders have been relying on a three-back set to rack up some nice numbers offensively. Dalton Venvertloh has 75 carries for 406 yards, Jonathan Ohnemus has 54 carries for 416 yards and Jackson Connell has 51 carries for 470 yards. They have combined for 14 touchdowns.

QND has just three turnovers this season, while its opponents have nine fumbles and six interceptions.

-- David Adam

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