The Gahanna Lincoln High School football team took its first lead on the way to a 31-14 victory over DeSales to open last season when 2012 graduate Tyler Grassman hit classmate Kevin Mosley for a 5-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.

The Gahanna Lincoln High School football team took its first lead on the way to a 31-14 victory over DeSales to open last season when 2012 graduate Tyler Grassman hit classmate Kevin Mosley for a 5-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.

The Lions likely wouldn't have been in that position if not for the play of quarterback Alec Tuohy earlier in the game.

Tuohy, who rushed for 70 yards on 16 carries and was 13-for-16 passing for 118 yards and a touchdown, sustained a season-ending injury on the drive capped by Mosley's touchdown.

Now a senior, Tuohy begins his second season as the Lions' quarterback Friday, Aug. 24, when they play host to the Stallions.

"(Tuohy) threw the ball well and also hurts you with his feet," said DeSales coach Ryan Wiggins, whose team went 7-4 and made its 18th consecutive playoff appearance last season. "We knew he was a guy we'd have to contain."

Gahanna, which lost to DeSales 38-0 in 2009 and 28-14 in 2010, went 9-3 a year ago and made its first appearance in the Division I, Region 3 playoffs since 2007.

Although most of Gahanna's other skill-position players are in key roles for the first time, coach John Snoad has high hopes for players such as senior running back Geoffrey Helms II.

"We're still finding our way with some new linemen, but Geoffrey Helms is our starting tailback," Snoad said.

DeSales will have a new look after losing Warren Ball, an Ohio State freshman who rushed for 29 touchdowns last season.

Senior Chuck Perrine is back at quarterback. Senior J.T. Blubaugh, who rushed for 595 yards a year ago, also will have a key role.

"They are definitely running more of their base offense with option football," Snoad said. "Everybody (on our defense) just has to do their job. They're very fundamentally sound defensively."

Many of the Stallions' other offensive players are starting for the first time, and their only returning regular on defense is senior Chris Ritter (DL).

"Gahanna's very athletic across the board and runs a spread offense that's difficult to defend," Wiggins said. "They spread you out and run the ball effectively. Defensively they give you a lot of different looks, their linebackers run well and they're athletic in the secondary."