Coach: Tom Staley (29-34, including 1-0 this year)
Aug. 20 Ludlow 59, Paris 34
Aug. 27 MADEIRA (OH)
Sept. 3 at Millersburg Military Institute
Sept. 10 LYNN CAMP, 8 p.m.
Sept. 17 at Nicholas County
Oct. 1 NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC
Oct. 8 DAYTON
Oct. 15 at Bellevue
Oct. 22 at Beechwood
Oct. 29 HOLY CROSS
(All games at 7:30 unless noted)
Outlook: This is the district dark horse. If Ludlow stays healthy, it could finish as high as second behind Beechwood; if injuries accumulate, it could easily miss the playoffs.
''We feel we're going to be a good team,'' Staley said. ''We have a nucleus of good players, but not enough. If we get people hurt, we're really hurting.''
Ludlow will dress only 23 players; there are 12 freshmen who could play later in the event of injuries. But 23 were plenty for a 59-34 victory at Paris last Friday in the season opener.
Staley has six players who will be starting for at least their third season: tailback Jeremy Mills, quarterback L.D. Bell, lineman Ryan McKenzie, wideout Donald Weaver, defensive end Eric Arnold and defensive back Scott Redding.
Mills, a four-year starter, surpassed the 3,000-yard career mark in the season opener at Paris; he rushed for 1,350 yards and 13 TDs last year. Bell threw for 600 yards and seven TDs in 1998; he passed for 93 yards and three TDs last week.
The offensive and defensive lines are a bit young, though. ''That's the key for us,'' Staley said. ''It all starts up front.''