As the Hilliard Davidson High School football team looks for its fifth consecutive OCC-Central Division championship, coach Brian White knows it has to be prepared for all challengers.
The Wildcats, who are 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Central, have won eight league games in a row and will be looking to keep that streak intact when they travel to Westland on Friday, Oct. 4.
The Cougars dropped to 1-4 and 0-2 with a 76-32 home loss to Thomas Worthington on Sept. 27 and have lost 36 consecutive league games.
"It's not a matter of who you're playing," White said. "It's a matter of just understanding that you have to get better as a team because, whether it's this week or the next week or if we're fortunate enough to play week 11, there's always somebody out there better than you. It's a matter of relying on the maturity of your kids to understand that."
White said his team prepares the same way each week, looking to improve in all facets of the game.
"There are many things that we have to get better at if we're going to beat the Upper Arlingtons and the Olentangy Libertys," he said. "There are several things that we have to get better at individually and as a team."
Davidson defeated host Central Crossing 66-20 on Sept. 27, marking its highest point total since a 70-6 win over Westland on Sept. 17, 2010, a span of 40 games.
The Wildcats rushed for 287 yards against the Comets, led by running back D.D. Clark with 121 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Quarterback Nick Iske had a season-high 84 yards on 5-for-7 passing and two touchdowns.
Through five games, Clark has 662 yards and five touchdowns on 82 carries.
"They're pretty solid and they do what they do," Westland coach Steve White said of Davidson. "They've had a good run over there for a while and they really haven't made drastic changes. They do what they do pretty well."
Against Thomas, Westland had 355 total yards but allowed 531. Quarterback Jayson Evans completed eight of 15 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns and running back Alex Pridemore rushed for 106 yards on 15 carries.
"I can't imagine. We're so lucky here," offensive lineman Max Paazig said of Westland's losing streak in league play. "We're so blessed."
Last week, Davidson was ranked first in the district poll and seventh in the state poll in Division I. The Wildcats also are ranked first in the ThisWeek Super 7 poll.
"It's nice, but we can still improve, though," Paazig said of the Wildcats' rankings. "We can't just say 5-0 is good enough. We have to keep getting better every week, just preparing for another week."
Davidson has won 14 consecutive games against Westland.
The Cougars' last win in the series came in 1995 (12-7) when Hilliard had just one high school.