Oak Hill Academy is still searching for their first win on the year.
But as the weeks continue, the opponents wonâ€™t get any easier, including Canton Academy.
The 2-3 Panthers have had an inconsistent season. After starting 0-2, they got their first victory over Hillcrest and went toe-to-toe with Winston Academy, arguably the toughest team in the district.
â€śThey gave Winston a run for their money,â€ť Raiders head coach Benjie Merchant said. â€śAthlete wise theyâ€™re like Manchester and they play hard.â€ť
Merchant said all the teams theyâ€™ve played so far have improved across the board from last season, mostly with new additions.
The Raiders, 0-5, will still be without several players on the roster and like last week, and all season thus far, have been forced to shuffle players around into different positions which hasnâ€™t helped bring any consistency.
Oak Hill has been shut out two weeks in a row, 33-0 to Manchester and 40-0 to Winona. Theyâ€™re offense has struggled to put points on the board all season, just four touchdowns, including one interception returned for a score.
Merchant said the team has continued to stay positive and prepare for each game the best they can.
â€śWe still got everyone practicing, everyone is going out and lifting hard,â€ť he said.
Oak Hill will have the same offensive and defensive schemes for tonight and continue to work on whatâ€™s in place. Anything different, Merchant said and it â€śwould probably hurt us moreâ€ť.
Despite the struggles, there is hope in the future for the program at the junior high level who are 4-1 this season heading into the district title game on Thursday.
â€śWeâ€™re looking ahead, looking to the future,â€ť Merchant said.
Kick-off for Fridays game is set for 7 p.m.