Philo Defense to Face Stiff Test in Maysville

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When the Maysville Panthers link up with the Philo Electrics on Friday night, the Electric defense will face arguably its toughest test of the season against Maysville’s high powered offense, propelled by a three-headed rushing attack.

Chase Roberts, Johnny Runkel, and Chase Himmelspach have torn through defenses, but Maysville’s defense has arguably been its most valuable asset.

Maysville head coach Craig Clarke said earlier this season the defense would be his main concern after losing many key players to graduation. Those concerns have been eased, to this point, with the unit allowing only 15 total points thus far.

“Crooksville and New Lex were predominantly running teams,” Clarke said. “We’ll have a new challenge to see how much our defense can step up in the passing game against some of Philo’s good receivers.”

Nate Baker is the focal point of a Philo offense which is averaging 23.5 points per contest. Clarke recognized the threat Philo presents on that side of the ball.

“They are the most balanced team we have faced so far this year,” Clarke noted. “Baker has some good receivers and he can run the ball too.”

Philo’s rushing attack is not as deep as Maysville’s, but running back Cody Wickham has made a splash this season. He has amassed 192 yards and three touchdowns thus far this season.

Wickham and company will have their work cut out for them when they welcome Maysville to town on Friday.