Football fans who love rivalries will love this week’s Central Ohio
McDonald’s and JJHuddle Game of the Week for Week 5: Pickerington Central at Pickerington North. Bragging rights, playoff points and the OCC Ohio title are at stake.
Here’s how the voting ended….and Vote for Week 6 Now!
The Central Ohio McDonald’s and JJHuddle Game of the Week for Week 5 is: Pickerington Central at Pickerington North
Here’s how the voting went:
Pickerington Central at Pickerington North 67.86%
New Albany at Watkins Memorial 16.07%
Heath at Newark Catholic 3.57%
Fredericktown at Danville 12.50%
CENTRAL OHIO MCDONALD’S AND JJHUDDLE GAME OF THE WEEK
PICKERINGTON CENTRAL (3-0) at PICKERINGTON NORTH (2-2)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Pickerington North HS
Last Year: Pickerington Central won 14-12
Series: Last year Pickerington Central beat Pickerington North 7-6 in the regular season and 14-12 in the playoffs. This is the first meeting between the two schools at North.
When Pickerington Central has the ball: The Tigers offense was stymied a bit last week against Lancaster and gained only 187 total yards. Still, Pick Central showed a penchant for the big play. Scoring on a punt return, interception return and 58-yard pass play, the Tigers logged a 26-0 win over the Gales. Pick Central wants to run the ball and will do so with the two-headed QB monster of grant Hammond and Nick Jensen-Clagg. Senior RB Tyler “Speedy” Hammond is the main threat on the ground and ATH Eilar Hardy (Notre Dame) is a threat to go to the house every time he touches the ball.
Defensively, Pick North counters with a unit that returned just one starter from last year (Tony Traylor) but is gaining experience and confidence each week.
When Pickerington North has the ball: The Panthers want to run the ball and will behind an offensive front led by Bowling Green recruit Alex Huettel. Juniors Pat Elflein and Luke Carothers are also two-year starters. In its two wins, Pick North has rushed for over 200 yards a game and 431 total. The Tigers can also throw the ball. Last week, in a 23-20 loss to Groveport-Madison, junior QB Zach Olszewski completed 17-of-29 passes for 238 yards and three TDs. WRs Devin Lomax and Gabe Nimmons are two of Olszewski’s favorite targets.
As noted last week, Pickerington Central may have the best defensive backfield in the state with Eilar Hardy, Tamani Carter and Mike Jamar-Brown (among others), but they are more than effective against the run as well. In their three wins, the Tigers have allowed just 247 rushing yards on 111 attempts. That’s a measly 2.2 yards per carry.
Who Wins: Pick Central 28-14
Check back Friday night for Players of the Game and a recap of the action.
WEEK 6 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:
St. Charles at DeSales
Upper Arlington at Hilliard Darby
Olentangy at Olentangy Liberty
Granville at Licking Valley