Preparations for the Newcomerstown Trojans will be similar to last week as they host Inter-Valley Conference foe Sandy Valley.Both teams are riding two-game win streaks with Newcomerstown (4-3, 2-2 IVC) coming off a win over Garaway, while the Cardinals (3-4, 2-2) upended Tuscarawas Central Catholic.Sandy Valley runs the spread offense and has an experienced senior quarterback in Cody Welker who is very elusive and a double threat to throw or run."This will be two weeks we have had to defend the spread," Newcomerstown coach Eric Brock stated. "We have a little momentum and our defense did a nice job last week. We had some nice goal-line stands and I am happy with the way the kids played."Welker has his choice of receivers including senior wideouts Zane Dierick and Corey Fisher and junior Zak Monte. Junior Zach Mozden is the leading receiver, while running back John Frazier does a bulk of the ground work."Their receivers are very athletic," Brock pointed out. "Dierick had four interceptions last week so he can catch the ball. Monte is a good athlete. Their running back is small, but quick and they are not big up front but move well. Welker is very elusive and we can't let him set back there and throw. We have to contain him and get pressure on him. Our defensive secondary has a big challenge this week."Senior quarterback Caleb Rankin continues to be the Trojans workhorse. He has completed 65-of-115 passes for 807 yards and five scores and run 78 times for 501 yards and seven TDs. Josh Miller adds 113 carries for 368 yards and three TDs. Junior receiver Serafin Sanchez leads area receivers with 16 catches for 247 yards and two scores."Rankin has matured a lot in the last month," Brock said. "He makes good decision about when to throw and when to run. We believe there are some areas of their defense we can attack, but you better score your points because they are going to score theirs. This will be another real good test for us and it should be a good game."