The Kroger KSR Game of the Week is headed west as No. 7 Bowling Green hosts No. 9 South Warren. I caught up with Bowling Green Daily News sports reporter Jared MacDonald to preview big game. Here are some highlights of what he had to say.
On the significance of the game
Jared MacDonald: I think these are two of the top three teams in Class 5A. They won six state titles in the last decade. They played two very competitive games last year. This one could go down to the final play. They both have tremendous players and are extremely well coached. It is a district game, so it means a little but more.
On which team has the edge
JM: I think it is going to be a very competitive game. At this point in the year, where people have had such limited time, I might give the edge to South Warren and their defense just because of the experience they bring back and these teams not having that much time together to gel together as an offense. Last year these teams played in the middle of the season and this is going to be their third game, and both teams have already had to miss a game due to COVID protocols.
On South Warren DB Jantzen Dunn’s status for Friday
JM: Jantzen Dunn, an Ohio State commit, hasn’t played the first two games, due to a minor muscle injury. It sounds like it is more precautionary than anything, just because he is such a high-level athlete and one of those little injuries could get worse. He is so explosive, and they just want to be cautious with it. From what I have been told it sounds like he is doubtful for Friday.
On South Warren’s QB and UK target Caden Veltkamp
JM: He is a young kid, only a junior. He missed half of last year with an injury. He shows all the pieces of being a Division 1 quarterback. I talked to opposing coaches who called him a future Power 5 quarterback, and that is after he had only started two or three games. He was improving so much game by game. He has the physical tools and he put on 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason. He can make the throws and his decision-making keeps improving.
On Bowling Green TE and UK target Jordan Dingle
JM: He is a big athletic kid with a very high IQ, both in football and outside of football. I think he wants to go to school to be a medical student after talking to him back in the spring. His older brother is a Division 1 football player. He has the tools, his athleticism as tight end, which is where he plays most of the time. Last year in the South Warren game they put him in on defense and he made some plays, batted some balls down.
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