The Pickerington High School Central football team travels to Gahanna Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 30, for an OCC-Ohio Division game, looking for its sixth consecutive win over the Lions.

The Pickerington High School Central football team travels to Gahanna Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 30, for an OCC-Ohio Division game, looking for its sixth consecutive win over the Lions.

The last win in the series for the Lions came in 2001 (38-17).

The Tigers improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the league by rallying twice during the second half to beat Pickerington North 24-21 on Sept. 23.

Gahanna opened with back-to-back wins before losing to Upper Arlington 28-17 on Sept. 9. The Lions followed with convincing wins over Newark (54-3 on Sept. 16) and Lancaster (17-0 on Sept. 23).

"Gahanna is a good team," Central senior wide receiver, defensive back and kicker Jake Raymond said. "They've been playing really good football of late and, from what I've heard, they've got a quarterback who plays all over the field."

Raymond was referring to Tyler Grassman, who made a 42-yard field goal and was 13-for-21 passing for 110 yards and one touchdown against Lancaster.

Defensively, the Tigers held North to just four first-half first downs. One of the Panthers' scores came on a halfback pass and another was on a punt return.

"We're ready," Grassman said. "We've owed it to them for a long time and especially having them at our house, we're ready. We're going to prepare hard, we'll watch lots of film and we're going to come ready to play."

Central running back Billy Eakins rushed for one touchdown and caught seven passes for 92 yards and two scores against North.

Senior Roger Lewis was limited to one reception by the Panthers but was a threat with his blocking as well as with his kick- and punt-returning abilities.

Gahanna is coming off a defensive performance in which it held Lancaster to 107 yards rushing on 46 carries.

"Our expectations are that we better come focused and ready to learn some football and study our film and get ready to play," Lions coach John Snoad. "(Central does) a lot of crazy formations and such, and they're every bit as fast as we are on defense. It's going to be a game of speed and muscle, and they're strong. There is no doubt that we've got to be on our 'A' game."