EAST NOBLE AT WARSAW
Kickoff:    7 p.m. Friday in Warsaw
Coaches:    Luke Amstutz (EN), Phil Jensen (Warsaw)
Records:    East Noble 1-0, Warsaw 0-1
Last Game:    E. Noble 38, Northrop 13; Columbia City 33, Warsaw 21
Last Year:    East Noble 49, Warsaw 14
Matchup:    For the second-straight week, the Warsaw Tigers play a team from the Northeast Hoosier Conference. In Week 1, Warsaw played a roller-coaster of a game at Columbia City, falling behind 13-0, battling back to a 14-13 lead, and then falling 33-21. In their home opener, which is also Senior Night, the Tigers will put their new-look offense against an East Noble defense that starts seven seniors. In last week's loss, Warsaw quarterback Jake Mangas completed 15 of 29 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns. He threw one interception. Sophomore Kyle Mangas led the Tigers' receiving corps with six catches for 123 yards and a score. On the ground, senior Ethyn Bradley tallied 38 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. In East Noble's 38-13 win over Fort Wayne Northrop last week, senior quarterback Harold Wolfe completed 12 passes for 177 yards and also rushed for 62 yards.
Jensen:    “We talked about things Saturday morning, and then Monday we showed up for practice and got things accomplished. The kids have responded (from last week's loss). East Noble is young offensively, they only  have two senior starters on offense. Defensively, they have seven seniors. Our youth matches up with their experience, and our experience matches up with their youth."

TIPPECANOE VALLEY AT BREMEN
Kickoff:    7:30 p.m. Friday in Bremen
Coaches:    Scott Bibler (Valley), Bob Holmes (Bremen)
Records:    Valley 0-1, Bremen 0-1
Last Game:    CMA 36, Valley 13; Plymouth 56, Bremen 19
Last Year:    Bremen 22, Valley 7
Matchup:    Looking for their first win in coach Scott Bibler's second stint, the Tippecanoe Valley Vikings travel to Bremen's Don Bunge Field Friday. In a series that has been continuous for eight seasons, Bremen has won three of the last four meetings and holds a 5-3 advantage over the Vikings. In last week's season-opening loss to CMA, Valley was outscored 22-6 in the second half and was outgained 212-77 on the ground. Sophomore quarterback Alec Craig, making his first varsity start, led Valley in rushing with 10 carries for 35 yards. He also completed 7 of 15 passes for 76 yards. Jonah Mikel led the Vikings' receiving corps with three catches for 45 yards. Bremen is trying to bounce back from a 56-19 loss to Marshall County rival Plymouth. In that loss, the Lions rushed for just 57 yards and passed for 164 yards, but allowed Plymouth 286 yards on the ground and 104 through the air. Bremen's Grant Klockow rushed for two scores last week, while Beau Beeson caught a 37-yard touchdown pass.
Bibler:    “We're not in great shape yet, that's something we have to work on. Our depth isn't there yet either. We played tough. We were as physical as we've been in a while, but as we wore down, that took a toll on us. Bremen is similar to us, they're young in a lot of areas. Because of graduation, they have seven seniors this year that are going both ways. It's still Bremen, and they're well-coached and they're going to play hard. I think what you're going to see is two similar teams that have a lot of new players."

COLUMBIA CITY AT WHITKO
Kickoff:    7 p.m. Friday in South Whitley
Coaches:    Brett Fox (Col. City), Josh Mohr (Whitko)
Records:    Columbia City 1-0, Whitko 0-1
Last Game:    Col. City 33, Warsaw 21; Wawasee 34, Whitko 12
Last Year:    Col. City 34, Whitko 14
Matchup:    For the fifth consecutive year, Whitley County rivals Whitko and Columbia City will meet on the gridiron. The Columbia City Eagles have won the previous four meetings. The Whitko Wildcats enter the second game of the season on the heels of a 24-12 loss to Wawasee. In that loss, Whitko racked up 312 yards on the ground, but only had one yard passing. Garrett Elder led the Wildcats' offense with 10 carries for 168 yards, including a 80-yard touchdown run, while Tanner Hughes racked up 110 yards and a score on 26 carries. In a 33-21 win over Warsaw, Columbia City quarterback Trevor Bolt rushed for 101 yards on 18 carries, while running back Braden Myer carried 16 times for 99 yards and three touchdowns.
Mohr:    “We were pleased with our improvement from the scrimmage to last week's game with Wawasee. On the other hand, we saw some things that need to be fixed. The good news is they are little things. Penalties killed us. We have to focus on each play throughout a game. The Whitko and Columbia City game is always a lot of fun for the two communities. We are county rivals, which makes the game that much more exciting. They are a physical team that plays hard. We must take care of the ball and limit our mistakes. Myer O'Dell and Bolt are good players and have a lot of experience, but they are not the only weapons Columbia City has. We have to be mentally focused and ready to play. We must focus on the details and give the effort needed to improve this week."

WEST NOBLE AT WAWASEE
Kickoff:    7:30 p.m., Friday in Syracuse
Coaches:    Monte Mawhorter (WN), Josh Ekovich (Wawasee)
Records:    West Noble 1-0, Wawasee 1-0
Last Week:    West Noble 45, Central Noble 14; Wawasee 34, Whitko 12
Last Meeting:    Wawasee 53, West Noble 0 (1973)
Matchup: Replacing Class 4A No. 12 South Bend St. Joseph with West Noble as its Week 2 opponent, Wawasee is in a better position to go into Northern Lakes Conference competition with a 2-0 mark next week at home against Northridge, but it won't be too easy. West Noble, a team Wawasee played over a four-year span between 1970 and 1974, is a good team, showcased by its 45-14 home win over Central Noble in Week 1, but the Chargers aren't quite on the level as St. Joe. However, if Wawasee handles West Noble's rushing attack like it did Whitko's, it may be in trouble. In their 34-12 win at South Whitley, the Warriors defense gave up 312 rushing yards. Against Central Noble, the Chargers showcased a knack for running the ball, as junior Bradley Martin tallied 141 rushing yards on just 10 carries, while Levi Nelson and Kyler Warble each had 73. Through the air, 6-foot-5 quarterback Waylon Richardson completed 8 of 15 passes for 114 yards and two scores, rushing for a TD as well. Also displaying a nice all-around attack itself, Wawasee had 140 rushing yards, led by senior Clayton Cook's 78, and senior quarterback Gage Reinhard completed 13 of 23 passes for 134 yards.
Ekovich: "They can move. Their skill guys are pretty quick, they're aggressive and a lot of them go two ways. They had a pretty good game plan against Central Noble. Their quarterback has a pretty strong arm. They have a couple wide outs that can go after balls. They're a good football team...They have a slot guy that can go out for a pass, but he's mainly there for a toss sweep...They're a shoot-formation team, kind of like NorthWood last year. The only difference is, West Noble runs it out of a Pistol."

BLUFFTON AT MANCHESTER
Kickoff:    7 p.m., Friday in North Manchester
Coaches:    Randy Hudgins (Bluffton), Greg Miller (Manchester)
Records:    Bluffton 0-1, Manchester 1-0
Last Week:    Northfield 29, Bluffton 27; Manchester 27, Mississinewa 13
Last Year:    Bluffton 55, Manchester 19
Matchup: The Manchester football team will continue its hunt to avenge lopsided victories from 2013 when it hosts Bluffton Friday night. In Week 1, the Squires defeated Mississinewa 27-13, a year after they were embarrassed 57-13 in Gas City. After getting thumped by Mississinewa, Manchester then fell 55-19 at Bluffton, but the story may be much different this season. In their Week 1 home game, Bluffton lost 29-27 to Class 1A Northfield, a team that went 3-7 in 2013, with one of those losses being a 23-20 defeat at Manchester, as well as a 39-13 home loss to Bluffton. Turning things around against Mississinewa, the Squires used a balanced attack, as Jacob Casper had 94 of the team's 136 rushing yards, while quarterback Lucas Schilling ran for 37 yards and completed 12 of 18 passes for 101 yards and a score. Casper had three touchdowns in the victory, two rushing and one an 82-yard kickoff return. The Manchester defense had a 'bend-but-don't-break' approach against Mississinewa, giving up 351 yards, but recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass, while also getting three turnovers on downs. A win over Bluffton would mark the first time Manchester has begun the season at 2-0 since 2009, the season it went 8-2 and split the Three Rivers Conference title with Rochester.
Miller: "They have a lot of returners back, they have some athletes and they do a lot of things well. They have a good quarterback, who's both a throwing and running threat. Their slotback/fullback, we've got to keep him contained. They've got a lot of speed. It's going to be up to our defense to make sure they play under control...We've just got to play well from the get-go. If we do what we did last week, and not turn over the ball and get some turnovers ourselves, tackle and just take what they give us defensively, we should come away with the win."

TRITON AT NORTHFIELD
Kickoff:    7 p.m., Friday in Wabash
Coaches:    John Johns (Triton), Brandon Baker (Northfield)
Records:    Triton 1-0, Northfield 1-0
Last Week:    Triton 34, Caston 0; Northfield 29, Bluffton 27
Last Year:    Northfield 27, Triton 6
Matchup: Vying for its first 2-0 start since the 2009 sectional championship team did it, Triton must first get past Northfield, which is coming off a 29-27 win at Bluffton. Under second-year coach Brandon Baker, the Northfield Norsemen may be turning things around, as the team opened its 2013 season with a 39-13 home loss to Bluffton, but avenged that in Week 1. Following that 2013 loss, Northfield got a 27-6 win at Triton, which was the first of nine-straight losses for the Trojans, a losing streak that came to an end last week at Caston. In the 34-0 opening-week rout at Caston, Triton quarterback Grant Stichter had a passing touchdown to Joey Corder and scored one himself. Jeremy Jones also had rushing touchdowns of five and 39 yards and Nathan Spangle had a one himself. Defensively, Cordale Keyser had two interceptions.
Johns: "We played a decent half (at Caston) after we got (Trevor Kanarr and Jeremy Jones) into the game. With those guys coming in fresh, I think it gave us momentum to come in and score in the second half. Going into a game at Northfield, which is pretty good - pretty solid. They have some good athletes and have good ball control offense. For us to keep the momentum going is to have good, hard practices and do the things we need to do. We have to get some problems solved up front, and I think we're doing that. Obviously, it's going to be warm again Friday night, so conditioning is going to be big...One of the biggest factors going into this game is proving we can play. I don't think we did that last year. They came in and kind of manhandled us a little bit last year. I think that could have taken away our confidence early, so we played catchup from there."