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The Oskaloosa defense takes a knee during a timeout against Burlington

Who: Oskaloosa (3-0) vs Keokuk (1-2)

Where: Calvert Stadium in Keokuk

When: Friday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Matchup history

Oskaloosa has dominated this series in recent history, owning a 7-1 record against Keokuk since 2008. After Keokuk won a 35-28 thriller in 2012, the Indians won the next three matchups by outscoring the Chiefs 168-43 in those three games combined.

One key player for Oskaloosa

Waylon Bolibaugh is the type of player that doesn’t come off the field often and could have an impact in all three phases of the game against Keokuk. Offensively, he has been Osky’s go-to wide out and has caught 13 passes for 293 yards and four touchdowns. He will likely continue to make big catches and have big play ability for the Indian offense. Defensively, the corner will be going against a run-heavy Chief offense that struggles when they do pass as their quarterbacks have combined to complete just 17-of-46 (37%) with one touchdown against seven picks. Bolibaugh doesn’t have an interception yet this year but expect him and the Osky defense to be jumping all over the passing game when Keokuk does throw. But also keep an eye on special teams as Bolibaugh already has one punt returned for a touchdown this year.

Keys for Oskaloosa

Similarly to last week, the focus for Oskaloosa will be on stopping the running game. Keokuk runs just about twice as much as they throw and they tend to have much more success on the ground with a couple of guys with big-play ability. The Indians will likely be making some adjustments after giving up over 300 yards on the ground last week. It will be interesting to see how they attack the run game this week. Offensively, eliminating those drive-killing penalties will go a long way for them. They have showcased through three weeks how dynamic they can be in the passing and run game with a balanced attack. The Indians should have their chances to score against a team that has allowed an average of 35 points per game including a 41-14 loss to Burlington, who Oskaloosa edged 24-19 last week. Oskaloosa has a chance to improve to 4-0 before starting a very challenging district schedule where their final five opponents are a combined 11-4 so far this season.

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at cpeters@oskyherald.com or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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