• Gahanna Lincoln at Pickerington Central

    Central's Jeremiah Wood scores a touchdown during the Tigers' 35-29 overtime loss to Upper Arlington on Sept. 23.

    Lions, Tigers set to meet in OCC-Ohio opener

    Each of the past two seasons when the Pickerington Central and Gahanna Lincoln high school football teams met during the final week of the regular season, the OCC-Ohio Division championship was on the line.
  • Upper Arlington

    Upper Arlington's Brandon Horsley (5) celebrates after scoring the game-winning touchdown in the host Golden Bears' 35-29 overtime victory over Pickerington Central on Sept. 23.

    Bears pleased but not satisfied

    Moments after an emotional win gave his team its best start in a decade, Upper Arlington High School football coach Joel Cutler swore the playoffs weren't emphasized leading up to a 35-29 overtime win over previously unbeaten Pickerington Central on Sept. 23.
  • Westerville Central

    Central running back Allen Smith looks to elude a pair of Reynoldsburg defenders during a 45-35 loss to the host Raiders on Sept. 23. The Warhawks will play at unbeaten Olentangy Liberty on Friday, Sept. 30.

    Warhawks not backing down

    Although his team is a disappointing 1-4 at the midway point of the season, Westerville Central High School football coach John Magistro said there has been a constant positive throughout the first five games.
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Pickerington North at Reynoldsburg

Panthers, Raiders bracing for OCC-Ohio matchup

The OCC-Ohio Division schedule is the time of the season when things are "unforgiving," according to Reynoldsburg High School football coach Buddy White.
DeSales at Watterson

Eagles, Stallions set for 54th matchup

Since the DeSales and Watterson high school football teams first met in 1963, they've played 53 times during the regular season and seven times in the playoffs.

Braves confident as OCC play starts

Based on what he has seen so far this season, Olentangy High School football coach Mark Solis thinks he and the Braves have every reason to be optimistic entering OCC-Buckeye Division play.

Golden takes leave of absence

Delaware Hayes High School football coach Mike Golden has taken a leave of absence after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
National anthem protests

OHSAA advises officials to focus on the game

With the number of high school athletes kneeling or otherwise demonstrating during the playing of the national anthem rising, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has instructed its officials not to react to those decisions.
Olentangy Liberty

Patriots adjust to White's injury

The ankle injury afflicting senior two-way standout Brendon White has had a ripple effect on the Olentangy Liberty High School football team.
Dublin Coffman

'Rocks keeping defense simple

When you think of the Dublin Coffman High School football team, its fast-paced offense probably comes to mind.