The Medina football team has had little trouble offensively so far this season, putting up 48, 44 and 40 points in its first three games, en route to a 3-0 record and No. 9 ranking in the local small schools coaches poll.
Burgard's defense has had the opposite effect on opposing offenses. The Bulldogs have yet to yield a point, shutting out Bennett, Albion and Lew-Port in the season's first three weeks. Burgard is also 3-0, and ranked No. 5 in the same poll.
When the two teams meet at 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at Burgard, something's got to give.
"To this point, they're definitely the best team that we'll have faced," Medina head coach Eric Valley said. "They've got three shutouts under their belt, but we've been able to put up some points ourselves. It's a great matchup for high school football."
Valley said the Bulldogs defense doesn't have any one player that stands out, but instead includes a variety of fast, physical players that can cause turnovers and make it difficult for opposing offenses to get in a rhythm.
To prepare, the Mustangs have stuck to the fundamentals this week, focusing on what they do best and hoping to avoid costly mistakes on the field.
In Burgard's first two victories, over Bennett and Albion, the team forced a combined 10 turnovers. That's not a statistic that Valley and his staff are taking lightly in the Mustangs' practice and preparation.
"All those turnovers, the second game they scored two defensive touchdowns, and they force those mistakes on other teams," Valley said. "Obviously we need to try to limit those mistakes against a defense as good as that."
But the Medina offense has been no slouch of its own, as junior quarterback Jason Hellwig has directed an explosive attack that involves multiple threats, such as Munjie Brown, Kyle Barna and Dylan Lewis.
Lewis received section-wide recognition after his performance last week against Akron, where he caught six balls for 124 yards. Lewis, a sophomore, was named as a top performer on the Connolly Cup watch list, along with 12 other players across Section VI.
Lewis was happy with his play last week, but is hungry to maintain his success against the stingy Burgard defense.
"I feel like my game overall last week was a big step for me, but I feel like it's just the first step in the years to come," Lewis said. "I think we're going to put up a lot of points this week, and if we have a good week of practice, we can execute."
Valley, as well, was impressed by his sophomore wide receiver's 124-yard showing against Akron.
"I'm very happy for Dylan, getting that recognition," Valley said. "He had some real crucial catches for us in some tough situations, and he picked up some first downs for us. He definitely earned the recognition."
This is Medina's first time ever playing Burgard. The Bulldogs just entered Class B last season, where they were in the now-defunct Class B Central, before moving to Class B North for 2013.
There may not be any past history to rely on, but Valley and his team have no doubts about the challenge they are about to face.
It is sure to be a dogfight.
"We're not trying to reinvent who we are as a football team," Valley said. "We've got to establish play along the offensive and defensive lines, establish some continuity and move the chains. We've got to do what we do, and do it better than they do."
In light of the death of Westfield/Brocton football player Damon Janes as a result of injuries sustained during play two weeks ago, the Westfield/Brocton district has opted to cancel the remainder of its football season.