Football fans who love rivalries will love this week’s Central Ohio
McDonald’s and JJHuddle Game of the Week for Week 4:
Lancaster at Pickerington Central. Fairfield County bragging rights and an early lead in the OCC Ohio Division are at stake.
Here’s how the voting ended….and Vote for Week 5 Now!
The Central Ohio McDonald’s and JJHuddle Game of the Week for Week 4 is: Lancaster at Pickerington Central.
Here’s how the voting went:
Lancaster at Pickerington Central 72.73%
Pickerington North at Groveport-Madison 18.18%
Northland at Brookhaven 4.55%
Thomas Worthington at Upper Arlington 4.55%
CENTRAL OHIO MCDONALD’S AND JJHUDDLE GAME OF THE WEEK
LANCASTER (2-1) AT PICKERINGTON CENTRAL (2-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Tiger Stadium
Last Year: Lancaster won 17-14
Series: The Fairfield County rivals shared the OCC Ohio Division title last year and the home team has won five straight in the series.
When Pickerington Central has the ball: The Tigers enter having rushed for 561 yards in two games. RB Speedy Hammond is the team’s leading rusher with 214 yards and three TDs, while Notre Dame recruit Eilar Hardy is next with 125 yards and two TDs. Devonte Penick has also rushed for over 100 yards this season and has two TDs. Although the Tigers have only attempted 27 passes, they could threw the ball more against a Lancaster defense that surrendered some big pass plays in last week’s close 28-21 loss to Cleveland St. Ignatius. The Gales defense is led by senior LB Luke Roberts and DE Aaron Woosely.
When Lancaster has the ball: Pickerington Central may have the best defensive backfield in the state with Eilar Hardy, Tamani Carter and Mike Jamar-Brown (among others), but that unit is going to be tested on the ground, not through the air, by Lancaster. The Gales run the ball and run it well. FB Xavier West has rushed for 261 yards in three games, while TB Connor Smith has gone for 192. QB Nolan Flowers has attempted just 16 passes and has completed 10 for 162 yards. The Lancaster OL averages 236 pounds and is athletic. In its two wins, Pickerington Central has shown a penchant for stopping the run, limiting Plainfield (Ind.) and Oscar Smith (Va.) to 135 yards rushing combined on 61 carries. Something has got to give.
Who Wins: Pick Central 28-26
Check back Friday night for Players of the Game and a recap of the action.
WEEK 5 GAMES
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:
Pickerington Central at Pickerington North
New Albany at Watkins Memorial
Heath at Newark Catholic
Fredericktown at Danville