The Central Ohio McDonald’s and JJHuddle Week 3 Game of the Week: New Albany at DeSales


Central Ohio McDonald’s and JJHuddle Game of the Week

Football fans who love to watch teams dominate games witht he run will ove this week’s Central Ohio McDonald’s and JJHuddle Game of the Week for Week 3:
New Albany at Columbus DeSales. This one might be over in an hour. Here’s how the voting ended….and Vote for Week 4 Now!

The Central Ohio McDonald’s and JJHuddle Game of the Week for Week 3 is: New Albany at Columbus DeSales.

Here’s how the voting went:
New Albany at DeSales  40%
Grove City at Westerville South  35%
Worthington Kilbourne at Dublin Scioto  16%
Utica at Heath  9%


7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: DeSales High School
Last Year: DeSales won 13-6
Series: In six meetings since 2005, DeSales is 5-1 against the Eagles.

When DeSales has the ball:
There is no secret what the Stallions want to do – run. Junior RB Warren Ball recently committed to Ohio State and is a true gem (he checks in at 6-2, 205). After two games Ball is just 12 yards short of 300 and has five TDs. He’s a workhorse and the Stallions will ride him. Just in case though, DeSales also has seasoned senior QB Nick Gentile who excels at running the option attack. He is a sound No. 2 option and an effective one. By the way, DeSales rushed for 403 yards last week in a 41-0 win at Maumee.
Defensively, New Albany counters with a unit that has allowed just two TDs in the first two games and those came on 1- and 2-yard runs. The Eagles also already have experience in shutting down an Ohio State recruit. In last week’s 33-6 win over Westerville Central, New Albany limited WC’s star tight end  and OSU commit Nick Vannett to one catch, a 5-yard reception on the first drive.

When New Albany has the ball:
See DeSales. The names are different, but the plan is the same. Run, run, run. Last week the Eagles produced over 400 yards on the ground in their win over Westerville Central. Jordan Gallegos (221 yards and two TDs) and Alex Hake (148 yards and a TD) did most of the damage. If New Albany needs to throw, though, it is capable. Quarterback Bryant Bednarek threw for 133 yards and two TDs in a 26-10 season opening win over Licking Valley. WR Kevin Collins is a playmaker and K Jimmy Gammill could be the difference (hit two 43-yard FGs against LV).
The Stallions defense is stout. DeSales has allowed 14 points in two games and has held both its opponents to less than 200 yards of total offense. Michigan recruit Chris Rock is an imposing force on the DL, while seasoned vet Alex Washington is a solid compliment. LB Santino Cua is a force and returned a fumble for a TD in Week 1.

Who Wins: DeSales 28-17

Check back Friday night for Players of the Game and a recap of the action.

Get a head start and push for the ONE you want. The voting will run from now until next Wednesday at midnight. Here are the choices:

Lancaster at Pickerington Central
Pickerington North at Groveport-Madison
Northland at Brookhaven
Thomas Worthington at Upper Arlington



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