ThisWeekSports Central Ohio Football Previews: Who, What, Where & When

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A look at key Central Ohio Week 3 matchups


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WEEK 3 FOOTBALL PREVIEWS

*Fremont Ross at Pickerington North

Although Ross went just 5-5 a year ago, it made the Division I,
Region 2 playoffs in 2010 and is off to a 2-0 start. The Little Giants
now compete in Division II, Region 6.

Wolf rushed for touchdowns of 84 and 4 yards and also threw for two touchdowns against Brecksville-Broadview Heights.

A year ago, the Little Giants won their first three games but struggled to a 2-5 record in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference.

Since coach Derek Kidwell took over in 2004, Ross has made two
playoff appearances and gone 55-28. In the two seasons before he became
coach, the Little Giants were 0-10 in 2002 and 1-9 in 2003. Click here for complete Preview

*Beavercreek at Hilliard Davidson

Davidson will look to get its ground game untracked after being limited to 141 yards rushing by Darby.

Beavercreek, which finished 6-4 last season, also relies heavily on
its ground game, as it rushed for more than 2,500 yards last season. Click here for complete Preview

*Lexington at Olentangy

Olentangy, 2-0 for the first time since 2010, faces another undefeated team when Lexington visits Friday, Sept. 7.

The Braves are 2-1 all-time against the Minutemen and won 31-14 the last time they played in 2005.

Olentangy beat rival Liberty 28-16 on Aug. 31, its third consecutive
win over the Patriots, while Lexington defeated Shelby 29-0.

The Minutemen are capable of putting up big numbers. Lexington rushed
for 318 yards in week one and had 225 yards and three touchdowns on
the ground against Shelby. Richwine, a senior, has accounted for 337 of
those yards, while Hunt, also a senior, has rushed for 212 yards. Click here for complete Preview

*Massillon Perry at Dublin Coffman

Two unbeaten teams meet after defeating rivals.

Walsh, an Ohio University recruit, has completed 19 of 31 passes 196 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

He also has rushed 27 times for 194 yards and three touchdowns.
Williamson leads the Shamrocks in rushing with 256 yards on 40 carries
with five touchdowns.

Perry has won as many games as it did last season with it finished 2-8. Click here for complete Preview

*New Albany at Columbus DeSales

The first time the New Albany High School football team beat DeSales,
2008 graduate Kevin Smith played a major role, rushing for 65 yards on
16 carries and scoring the Eagles’ only touchdown in the fourth quarter
of their 10-6 win in the 2006 Division III, Region 12 final.

Senior Matt Smith, Kevin’s younger brother and one of the leaders of
the Eagles’ defense, has learned over the years that his team benefits
from what has become a yearly matchup against the Stallions.

DeSales holds a 5-3 advantage in the series since the teams met for
the first time in the 2005 Division III playoffs and will play host to
New Albany on Friday, Sept. 7.

“Everyone gets really excited about that game,” Smith said. “I played
tight end and defensive end in the game against them as a junior. Once
it’s over, you’re ready because it’s a playoff atmosphere.” Click here for complete Preview

*Olentangy Liberty at Uniontown Lake

Liberty’s 3-5-3 defense will be targeting Uniontown Lake running back
Matt Blasiole, who has two 100-yard rushing games. He had 142 yards on
19 carries with three touchdowns against Hudson.

The Blue Streaks returned 16 letterwinners with much of the
experience up front, where Campbell is a three-year starter. Dadich, a
sophomore, is starting at quarterback.

The Patriots’ normally potent spread offense has been plagued by
turnovers. Last week, Longhino threw for 350 yards against Olentangy,
which converted two turnovers into touchdowns. But he’ll be facing a
Lake defense that last week allowed the most points by coach Jeff
Durbin’s team in 23 seasons. Click here for complete Preview

*Upper Arlington at Gahanna

The Gahanna Lincoln High School football team enters its matchup
Friday, Sept. 7, against visiting Upper Arlington not satisfied with the
way it has executed in fundamental areas such as blocking and special
teams.

The Golden Bears similarly realize that their performance in a 45-7
loss to visiting Cincinnati Elder on Aug. 31 left much to be desired.

Nevertheless, Gahanna coach John Snoad is expecting a “classic” game
between a pair of programs involved in a rivalry that dates to 1927. The
Bears lead the all-time series 28-9, including a 28-17 win last season.

“It’s a chance for us to be 3-0 and for them to go to 2-1 and get
back to where they want to be heading into league play,” Snoad said.
“They’re going to be hopping mad. Click here for complete Preview

*Grove City at Westerville South

Grove City High School football coach Matt Jordan realizes it will be
difficult for his defense to slow down Westerville South when the teams
meet Friday, Sept. 7, at Wildcat Stadium.

The Wildcats’ spread offense has averaged 51.5 points and 550 yards in the team’s 2-0 start.

With that in mind, Jordan said it’s crucial for his triple-option
offense to sustain time-consuming drives to keep the ball away from the
Wildcats as much as possible.

Grove City had modest success with that strategy last year while beating South 41-34.

“Offensively, our job is to move the chains and keep the ball away
from their offense, because Westerville South has so many weapons that
it’s hard to stop them for very long,” said Jordan, whose team beat
Westerville North 41-7 on Aug. 31 to improve to 1-1. “The more
opportunities they get, the more likely they are to score, so we’ve got
to control the clock and make sure their offense is sitting on the bench
for long periods of the game.” Click here for complete Preview

*Olentangy Orange at Worthngton Kilborune

The Worthington Kilbourne High School football team will be playing
in front of its home fans for the first time this season Friday, Sept.
7, when the Wolves finish non-league play against Olentangy Orange.

Both teams are coming off their first win. Kilbourne pulled away from
host Thomas Worthington in the second half en route to a 37-3 victory
on Aug. 31, and Orange jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first half on
its way to a 35-10 win over Groveport.

“Orange was a (Division I) playoff team last year and (coach) Brian
Cross looks to be building a program there to rival what he did when he
was at Grove City,” coach Vince Trombetti said. “He was the king of the
wing-T offense there and Orange seems to be incorporating a lot of that.
His teams are masters at the wing-T. This will be totally opposite of
the Thomas game. With us and Orange, the clock’s going to roll and we
could be done in an hour.” Click here for complete Preview

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