LAST MEETING: Maroa-Forsyth won 41-7 last season.
LAST WEEK: Maroa-Forsyth beat Meridian 55-14; Argenta-Oreana beat Central A&M 54-21.
KEY PLAYERS: For Maroa-Forsyth, Jack Hockaday, Jr., QB/S; Josh Ratts, Sr., WR/LB; Clayton Zilz, Sr., WR/DB; Drew Fredericksen, Sr., WR/DB; Justin Mikeworth, Sr., LB/FB; Arik Inda, Jr., OL/LB
For Argenta-Oreana, Cameron Hupp, Sr., RB/LB; Austin Wenskunas, Sr., RB/LB: Jesse Brown, Sr.,
QB/DB; Quinton Crawley, Sr., WR/LB; Taran Trudeau, Sr., OL/DL; Trey Porter, Sr., OL/DL
KEYS TO THE GAME: Since Maroa so easily handled Unity two weeks ago, this game might take its place as the Okaw Game of the Year. The Trojans rolled in a blowout last season against the Bombers, but did most of their damage on the ground — something that hasn’t been their go-to strength this season. Instead, it’s been the Maroa passing game that’s led the way, with Hockaday throwing for 979 yards, 14 touchdowns and zero interceptions while getting multiple receivers involved. How Argenta’s secondary is able to handle that — most teams haven’t been able to — is a serious question heading into the game. The Bombers, meanwhile, are 2-0 without their starting quarterback, with Gage Eller still serving two more games of his four-game suspension. Hupp and Wenskunas have continued to be dominant on the ground for Argenta, and Brown has stepped in at quarterback and thrown a touchdown pass in each of his two starts. Still, running the ball is the Bombers’ forte, and they’ll be facing a Maroa defense
that hasn’t given up much on the ground this year.
Maroa-Forsyth's Jack Hockaday (9) runs the ball against Unity during the first half of a football game at Unity High School's Hicks Field Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Tolono, Ill.