Pickerington Central will attempt to get its offense untracked when it plays Cincinnati St. Xavier at noon Sunday, Sept. 4, at Ohio Stadium in the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic.

Pickerington Central will attempt to get its offense untracked when it plays Cincinnati St. Xavier at noon Sunday, Sept. 4, at Ohio Stadium in the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic.

The Tigers rushed for only 24 yards in their opening 14-0 loss to Cincinnati Moeller in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown on Aug. 27 at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium.

Central coach Jay Sharrett said his offensive line will need to do a better job of creating holes for running backs Addison Clopton and Devone Penick, and he is counting on quarterback Nick Jensen-Clagg to complete enough passes to wide receivers Roger Lewis and Jake Raymond to prevent the Bombers from overcrowding the box.

In a 30-7 win over Springfield in its opener Aug. 27, St. Xavier held the Wildcats to 11 total yards, including minus-29 rushing on 24 carries. The Bombers' defense is led by senior linebacker Nathan Gerbus, a Miami University recruit.

"Moeller has a stout defense, but we need to get our timing down," Sharrett said. "We had three decent drives where we were able to threaten the end zone, but we missed some opportunities. (St. Xavier) has a tough defense, too, and we can't afford to miss any opportunities in games like these."

The Bombers' offense is directed by senior quarterback Griffin Dolle, who was 9-for-15 passing for 142 yards and two touchdowns against Springfield.

Trey Kilgore had four receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown and Evan Ballinger had two catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Leading St. Xavier's rushing attack was senior tailback Conor Hundley, who had 68 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

Central's defense, which features four Division I recruits in lineman Jacoby Boren (Ohio State), linebacker Jake Kincaid (Kent State), free safety Sebastian Smith (Indiana) and Lewis (Ohio State) at cornerback, likely will blitz frequently to try to keep Dolle out of his comfort zone.