Chris Greenawalt

Danville senior running back Chris Greenawalt believes his team has a shot at sneaking into the playoffs if they win their final three regular season games, given their early-season strength of schedule.

DANVILLE – This week’s matchup features two teams that are currently tied for fourth place in the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference.

Centerburg (4-3, 2-2 KMAC) will travel to Tough Street to take on Danville (2-5, 2-2 KMAC) on Friday night in a game that carries potential playoff implications for the Blue Devils. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.

This week’s Game of the Week video not only previews the KMAC clash between Centerburg and Danville, but also highlights other key games around Knox County heading into Week 8:

After starting the season 0-5, Danville has won two straight. The Blue Devils were rated 15th in Division VII Region 27 in this week’s OHSAA computer ratings (the top eight in each region make the playoffs), and given their remarkable early-season strength of schedule, they might be able to sneak into the playoffs if they win their final three regular season games.

The Blue Devils’ first five opponents currently have a combined record of 31-4, and two of those teams are still undefeated. If Danville were to beat Centerburg, Mount Gilead (0-7) and then East Knox (6-1) to end the regular season, the Blue Devils might have a shot at the playoffs, as the OHSAA ratings favor strength of schedule over all else.

If the Blue Devils are going to pull it off, a win over Centerburg on Friday is essential. But that won’t be easy, as the Trojans will test the Blue Devils on both sides of the ball.

Centerburg snapped a two-game losing streak last week by defeating Mount Gilead, 26-18. The Trojans also got running back Donnell Marshall back last week, who averaged over seven yards per carry before an injury kept him on the sidelines for weeks 4, 5 and 6 (Centerburg went 1-2 during that stretch).

Led by dual-threat sophomore quarterback John Sheasby, the Trojans feature a balanced offensive attack, one that mixes the pass with the run. Sheasby has thrown for 419 yards and five touchdowns this year. He's also ran for 637 yards and seven scores.

Meanwhile, Danville operates under a similar offensive philosophy. The Blue Devils are led by senior gunslinger Dalton David, who has thrown for 328 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the team’s last two wins. In the backfield, the Blue Devils are anchored by tailbacks Chris Greenawalt and Alex Holt, who have put together impressive performances in recent weeks.

The winner of this game will position itself in the upper half of the KMAC with two weeks left to play.

Last year, Danville (12-2) beat Centerburg (2-8), 41-0.

GET READY FOR WEEK 8:

From Tuesday: Knox County High School Football Roundup: Week 7

From Wednesday: One KMAC team remains in playoff picture heading into Week 8

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Grant is a 2018 graduate of Ohio Northern University, where he studied journalism and played basketball. He likes coffee, books and minor league baseball. He loves telling stories and has a passion for local news.