Louisville will look to jumpstart their season this Thursday when the Leopards host Alliance Marlington in the FOX Sports Ohio telecast. Although the Leopards have dominated this rivalry over the years, Marlington must be considered the favorite, as the Dukes are currently on a 14-game regular season winning streak.
Louisville will look to two seniors to lead the way offensively, quarterback Chad Neff and tailback Marcus Poyser. After rushing for over 800 yards the past two seasons, Poyser is looking to better that total in 2011. He has rushed for 267 yards in three games so far this season.
Neff has been described as the "heart and soul" of the Louisville team by head coach John DeMarco. This season, he has passed for 659 yards, while running for another 239 yards, as the Leopards opened the season 1-2.
Marlington is the heavy favorite to win the NBC title under head coach Ed Miley and his three Division-I recruits, Alden Hill, Zach Higgins and Dymonte Thomas.
Alden Hill: A 220-pound, senior battering ram at tailback, Hill has already rushed for 542 yards and scored eight touchdowns in the first three games. He needs 122 rushing yards to reach the 4,000 mark for his career. Hill has verbally committed to Tennessee.
Zach Higgins: One of the top senior offensive linemen in Ohio, Higgins is 6-foot-5, 305-pounds, and the key behind the Marlington rushing attack. He verbally committed to Michigan State last summer.
Dymonte Thomas: Possibly the top junior football player in Ohio, Thomas stars on both sides of the football for Marlington, at linebacker and tailback. He is a threat to score every time he touches the football, and is an intimidating presence at his outside linebacker position. Thomas verbally committed to Michigan last weekend.