The Delaware Hayes High School football team will play host Friday to Watkins Memorial, which split its first four games for a first-year coach.

That sounds familiar because that was the same scenario for Delaware last Friday when the Pacers defeated Mount Vernon 28-7.

The teams are not familiar with one another, although the fans might be as these teams played together in the OCC-Capital before Delaware was moved to the OCC-Central in the 2004-05 school year.

The Warriors, who won the last meeting 54-14 in 2003, played New Albany last Friday after losing its league opener to Big Walnut 34-7 on Sept. 12.

Jeff Severino was an assistant at Watkins Memorial since 1983 before taking over this season for Jeff Buchanan. Severino has made some offensive adjustments to the Warriors' pro-I formation, running multiple variations and employing more motion to better utilize senior flanker Ricardo Hall.

Still, as the Warriors slowly have grasped the adjustments, the majority of the offense has gone through senior running back Matt Truex. He rushed for 1,011 yards in eight games and was special mention all-district in
Division II last season when Watkins Memorial finished 4-6 overall and 1-4 in the OCC-Capital.

Truex also is a threat in special teams, scoring on a 93-yard kickoff return in a 41-14 loss to Licking Heights on Aug. 29.

The offense is run by first-year quarterback Clay Nixon, who looks for tight end Tyler Richardson in the red zone. Richardson had four touchdowns on five catches in the first four games. Thomas Arnett is at split end and Cameron Dean is at fullback.

Up front, Watkins Memorial has a Division I college prospect in right tackle Sean Trent (6-foot-3, 240 pounds). Other linemen include center Logan Jackson (6-1, 225) and right guard Marshall Berry (6-2, 230).

On defense, the Warriors use a 5-2 with Spence Fenner and Berry at ends. Dell Gullett and Dean are the linebackers. Comprising the secondary are Richardson at strong safety, Mike Shroyer at free safety and Cory Christman and Hall at cornerbacks.