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


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A look at key Central Ohio Week 5 matchups and players


*Westerville North @ Dublin Scioto

When the Dublin Scioto High School football team gets its no-huddle, hurry-up offense rolling, defenses scramble to catch up.

So far, it has met the expectations of coach Karl Johnson, who knew
he had the personnel in third-year starting quarterback Evan DeMars and a
cast of receivers to implement the offensive scheme. Through four
games, the Irish are averaging 36.8 points.

Johnson and his staff made sure the timing was right before employing the current scheme.

“Most of last season we were in the no-huddle, but we weren’t trying
to run it as fast,” said Johnson, whose team is 3-1 overall and 1-0 in
the OCC-Cardinal Division entering its home game against Westerville
North on Friday, Sept. 21. “Last year, we were trying to read the
defense a little more. This year, we want to get off as many plays as we
can. The kids like it and it fits our personnel.”

Scioto is averaging 69.3 plays per game and…COMPLETE STORY

*Pickerington Central @ Reynoldsburg

The Pickerington High School Central football team is aware of the difficult stretch it’s in.

After holding on to beat Lancaster 14-10 on Sept. 14, the Tigers will
play the second of three consecutive OCC-Ohio Division games against
opponents they consider their biggest rivals when they travel Friday,
Sept. 21, to Reynoldsburg. They play host to Pickerington North on Sept.

The Tigers first met North in 2008, and this marks the first time that Central is facing the three schools consecutively.

“We got our old Fairfield County game (last week) and now we’ve got
our oldest rival in school history coming up,” Central coach Jay
Sharrett said. “It’s going to be another hard-hitting game.”

Spanning back to the 1970s, the matchup between Central and Reynoldsburg has been…COMPLETE STORY

*Central Crossing at Hilliard Davidson


Central Crossing High School football coach Chris Harr believes senior Tory Clark has set a standard for future Comets.

Clark is considered the top threat on the team, which is 1-3 overall
and 0-1 in the OCC-Central Division entering its game Friday, Sept. 21,
at Hilliard Davidson.

The versatile Clark has played running back, slotback and wide
receiver, and he is the Comets’ top defensive back, whether at
cornerback or safety.

He also returns punts and kickoffs.

“Whether he knows it or not, he’s paving the way for…COMPLETE STORY

*Westerville South @ Hilliard Bradley


The numbers can be daunting.

Through four games, the Westerville South High School football team
has averaged 528.5 total yards and 43.3 points en route to a 4-0 record.

The task at hand for Hilliard Bradley coach Mike LoParo is to lay
down a speed bump in an effort to slow the Wildcats’ impressive offense
when the teams meet Friday, Sept. 21, at Bradley in an OCC-Cardinal
Division contest.

“They pose a lot of problems because they are so balanced,” said
LoParo, whose team dropped to 3-1 after losing its OCC-Cardinal opener
to Dublin Jerome 28-26 on Sept. 14. “They have some really good
athletes. They spread the field and give you as many problems as…COMPLETE STORY

*Olentangy Orange at Olentangy


The Olentangy High School football team is 4-0, and no one knows how tough that grind has been more than coach Ed Terwilliger.

Now, for the third time in four weeks, the Braves will face a rival
when they play an OCC-Capital Division game at home against Orange on
Friday, Sept. 21.

Olentangy defeated its other district rival, Liberty, 28-16 on Aug.
31 and beat its longtime Delaware County rival, Big Walnut, 40-24 on
Sept. 14.

“Nothing like having Liberty, Orange and Big Walnut in three of four
games,” said Terwilliger, whose team defeated Orange 27-21 last season.
“You don’t have to get the kids up to play those games.

“The kids are doing a nice job and it has been a lot of fun. The kids
are doing well in practice and working hard, and the staff is working
just as hard.”

Each week, the Braves have increased their point total — from 17 to
28 to 35 to 40. They defeated Worthington Kilbourne 17-14 on Aug. 24 and
Lexington 35-21 on Sept. 7.

“If we’re not emotionally ready…COMPLETE STORY

*Westerville Central @ Worthington Kilbourne


Westerville Central High School football coach John Magistro believes it’s important to see how his team responds to adversity.

The Warhawks are coming off their first loss of the season, a 34-14 defeat at home against Dublin Scioto on Sept. 14.

Central (3-1 overall) visits Worthington Kilbourne (1-3) on Friday,
Sept. 21, in a matchup of teams that lost their OCC-Cardinal Division
openers. It’s the first meeting between the programs.

“You would think that we would be very hungry this week in practice
because these kids know that we have a chance to be a good football
team,” Magistro said. “We’re not a bad football team. We’re going to
play good football teams. It’s going to be a fight.”

Scioto not only knocked the Warhawks from the ranks of the unbeaten, but it also denied Magistro his…COMPLETE STORY

*Chillicothe @ DeSales


DeSales and Chillicothe both had flaws exposed during their first
four games. The Stallions gave up a kickoff return and punt return for
touchdowns in their loss to New Albany on Sept. 7 and the Cavaliers
allowed a fumble return for a touchdown in their loss to Hamilton
Township on Aug. 24 and committed two turnovers that led to scores in
their loss to Big Walnut on Aug. 31.

Chillicothe is coached by Ron Hinton, who led Amanda-Clearcreek to a
250-82-3 record in 29 seasons before stepping down from his alma mater
after the 2009 season. The Cavaliers went 4-6 in 2010 in Hinton’s first
season and finished 3-7 a year ago after starting 0-5.

Chillicothe’s last winning season came in 2008 when it went…COMPLETE STORY

*Cincinnati LaSalle @ Watterson

After facing a run-oriented offense against Winton Woods, the Eagles
will be forced to stop a LaSalle team that passes more often than it

Nick Watson is 31-for-75 passing for 419 yards and two touchdowns and
Brad Burkhart is 27-for-46 passing for 443 yards with five touchdowns.
The top receivers are Derek Kief (18 catches, 295 yards, 3 touchdowns),
Brennen Walsh (12 catches, 255 yards, 1 touchdown) and Kevin Ferguson
(12 catches, 141 yards, 2 touchdowns).

Morgan Willcox leads the Lancers’ running game with …COMPLETE STORY

*Dublin Coffman @ Marysville

Not since the days of the Central Buckeye League have these teams met on
the football field, when Marysville lined up against the Dublin
Shamrocks. Marysville has grown into a Division I school and Dublin now
has three high schools.

The Shamrocks, one of the area’s top teams, are led by James Walsh, an
Ohio University recruit who has completed 58 of 81 passes for 714 yards
with six touchdowns and one interception and rushed for 282 yards and
four scores. His primary target is Austen Rankin, who has 20 receptions
for 231 yards and one touchdown.

Marysville is led by…COMPLETE STORY

*Pickerington North @ Lancaster

Lancaster will attempt to control the clock with a group of running
backs led by Isaiah Dexter and Jerry King. The status of running back
Andrew Shishler, who was injured in the first half in Lancaster’s 14-10
loss Sept. 14 at Pickerington Central, is uncertain.

Riley Theiss attempted just two first-half passes and went 4-for-9 overall for 41 yards with two interceptions last week.

Godwin Igwebuike has more than 800 yards rushing to lead a North offense averaging…COMPLETE STORY

*Upper Arlington @ Olentangy Liberty


Despite starting a new quarterback and 18 juniors, UA shook off
consecutive lopsided losses with its best all-around performance of the
season against Thomas Worthington on Sept. 14. That, however, came
against a Cardinals team that consistently has hurt itself in the red
zone. Kyle Kaparos showed poise in his first career start but has room
for improvement. Gus Ackley has game-breaking speed, but the offensive
line has been a bit shaky.

Liberty has won by the run and pass. The Patriots racked up…COMPLETE STORY


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