Hartley High School football coach Brad Burchfield knew his team would be getting a stiff test in week 2 of the 2015 regular season when, in spring 2014, he contracted to play Toledo Central Catholic.
Hilliard Davidson at Hilliard Darby
The Hilliard Darby and Davidson high school football teams run different variations of an option offense.
Westerville South at Gahanna
Much of the battle between the Gahanna Lincoln and Westerville South high school football teams Friday, Sept. 4, could be determined outside the hash marks.
Grove City vs. Walnut Ridge
The Grove City High School football team will look to bounce back from a week 1 loss when it plays host to Walnut Ridge on Friday, Sept. 4.
First-year Dublin Jerome High School football coach Bob Gecewich saw glimpses of promise in his team's season-opening 20-3 home loss to Upper Arlington on Aug. 28.
The first time Upper Arlington High School football coach Joel Cutler watched film of this week's opponent, Mason, he felt like he was looking into a time portal.
Particularly early on this season, the Reynoldsburg High School football team expects its front seven to lead its defense.
Players in the trenches often go without notice, but that wasn't the case for the Grandview Heights High School football team in its opener.
Losing starting quarterback Jimmy Weirick for at least the time being was one unfortunate result of the Pickerington High School North football team's opener against Central Crossing.
Hilliard Bradley at Middletown
Hilliard Bradley High School football coach Mike LoParo is awestruck by the stable of athletes that Middletown can put on the field.
Central Crossing at Westerville North
Central Crossing High School football coach Chris Harr understands the plight of Westerville North.
Worthington Christian High School football coach Brian Stier knows his team's toughness could be challenged when it faces Galion Northmor on Friday, Sept. 4, in its home opener.
The Worthington Kilbourne High School football team will be getting its first game action on its new synthetic turf field when it plays host to Thomas Worthington on Friday, Sept. 4.
For the first time since 2010, the St. Charles Preparatory School football team could celebrate after its opener.
Although it played three teams that finished with worse records than Dayton Chaminade Julienne, the DeSales High School football team tied for its season-high in points during a 49-30 victory over the Eagles last season.
First-year Columbus Academy football coach Robin Miller let his team celebrate its opening 33-0 win over Grove City Christian on Aug. 28, but it was back to work the following day in preparation for Linden-McKinley.
When the Whitehall-Yearling High School football team visits Northland on Friday, Sept. 4, the game will have extra meaning for Rams senior wide receiver Derrion Sanders.
The Canal Winchester High School football team struggled to run the ball during its 14-10 season-opening loss against visiting Groveport on Aug. 28, gaining only 67 yards on 34 carries.
When the Bexley High School football team began preparing its non-league schedule for 2015, coach John Smith wanted to ensure the Lions would face a formidable opponent.
The Watterson High School girls volleyball team improved its fitness level and sharpened its skills during a seven-day stay in Corolla, N.C. in July.
City League Notes
The top two teams in the final computer ratings in Division IV, Region 13 last season will get the matchup they weren't able to have when the Beechcroft High School football team plays host to Marion-Franklin on Friday, Sept. 4.
Coming off different results in marathon opening-week games, the New Albany and Westerville Central high school football teams now are preparing to resume a series that has featured plenty of excitement of its own.
Despite losing its opener 52-13 to host Watkins Memorial on Aug. 28, the Whetstone High School football team has reasons to be hopeful about potential success this season, according to coach Don Poff.
The Big Walnut High School football team will spend the week preparing for its home opener Friday, Sept. 4, against Canal Winchester.
The Delaware Hayes High School football team will have its first road test Friday, Sept. 4, when it visits Marysville.
With two seniors and one junior among its starters, the secondary was an area of strength last season for the Ready High School football team's defense.
The Johnstown-Monroe High School football team, which opened Aug. 28 against Chillicothe, plays a second consecutive home game Friday, Sept. 4, against Fairfield Union.
Time will tell if the outcome of the Licking Heights High School football team's game Thursday, Sept. 3, at Hamilton Township will have major playoff implications like the previous two regular-season matchups between the programs.
Marysville High School football team plays host to Delaware on Friday, Sept. 4, in a rematch of the Monarchs' 20-13 road win last season.