West Hancock at QND
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Advance Physical Therapy Field
Records: West Hancock -- 1-2 (0-0 West Central Conference). QND -- 2-1 (0-0 WCC).
Radio: WGEM 105.1 FM, WTAD 930 AM
Last meeting: Sept. 14, 2018 -- West Hancock 26, QND 21. Peyton Dooley's 22-yard run on fourth and 3 set up Bryce Wilson's 1-yard touchdown run with 1:18 remaining to play, and Drew Martens intercepted Raiders quarterback Ike Wiley in the end zone with 33 seconds to play to secure West Hancock's victory at Jim Repplinger Field.
Inside the matchup: Week 3 was an eye-opener for both teams. Week 4 will show which team gained the most from a lopsided loss.
The Titans are coming off a 56-0 loss at Clark County, the second time they have been shut out. West Hancock also lost 76-0 to St. Peters (Mo.) Lutheran in the season opener as the offense has struggled to gain traction. Isaac Munson is the Titans' leading rusher with 346 yards, 204 coming in the Week 2 victory over St. Louis Carnahan.
When the running game gets shut down, West Hancock struggles to do anything else. Senior quarterback Jared Little is 3 of 15 passing overall and 0 of 6 in the two losses combined. Two of his three completions against Carnahan went for touchdowns.
What the Raiders discovered in the 54-15 loss to state-ranked Peoria Central last week was they had the ability to move the ball against a stout defense. Defending the Lions' size, speed and agility was a different story as Peoria Central piled up 526 total yards with two scoring plays of more than 40 yards.
"That's the kind of speed that prepares you for the playoffs," QND quarterback Ike Wiley said. "You can't learn how to play against it until you see it. We learned a lot going against them."
This game will wrap up a four-game homestand for the Raiders, who travel to winless Granite City next week.
-- Matt Schuckman