After his team celebrated moving to 4-0 in the series against Pickerington North last Friday, Pickerington High School Central football coach Jay Sharrett said that one of his hopes for the future is that the annual meeting will continue to be held at one of the two schools' stadiums.

After his team celebrated moving to 4-0 in the series against Pickerington North last Friday, Pickerington High School Central football coach Jay Sharrett said that one of his hopes for the future is that the annual meeting will continue to be held at one of the two schools' stadiums.

No matter where the game is played next season, there is little doubt there will be more hostility than ever between the teams.

In what was the first meeting at North, the Tigers seemed on a mission to dominate throughout the second half and did so on the way to a 42-0 victory.

It was the most lopsided game in the series after Central won 38-7 in 2008 and earned decisions of 7-6 in the regular season and 14-12 in a Division I, Region 3 quarterfinal last season.

The first two games were in Crew Stadium but the playoff game was at Central, which led the district to decide to play this year's meeting at North.

"It's definitely a rivalry with us being in the same city," Tigers senior running back/defensive back Eilar Hardy said. "There's definitely some tension between us. With the way things came out last year, they got a little bit of confidence and they thought we were the same team, but we're a lot better than last year."

After a halftime downpour, neither team got much going offensively until Central quarterback Nick Jensen-Clagg found Tamani Carter for a 46-yard touchdown pass with 2:05 to go in the third quarter that made it 21-0.

Central got the ball back with 22.5 seconds to go in the third at the Panthers' 38 after a 13-yard punt. Then with 10:01 remaining, Tyler "Speedy" Hammond ran in from 1 yard to make it 28-0.

With the hope of trying to prevent a long kickoff return, the Central coaching staff said they told kicker Nick Ellis to pooch the ensuing kickoff.

His kick went about 15 yards to the right side of the field, and Central's Mike Jamar-Brown landed on it.

On the next play and with the Tigers holding a four-touchdown lead with 9:51 to go, quarterback Grant Hammond dropped back and found a wide-open Tyler W. Hammond for a 37-yard touchdown and a 35-0 lead.

Ellis pooched the next kickoff to nearly the exact same spot on the right side of the field, and Central's Garrett Foster fell on the loose ball.

After moving to the Panthers' 27, Central inserted its backups and added a 12-yard touchdown run from sophomore Brent Walton to complete the scoring.

The final quarter was less than enjoyable for the Panthers, who fell to 2-3 overall while Central improved to 4-0.

According to North senior defensive lineman and captain Ryan Campbell, the implications of what occurred over the final quarter are clear.

"I just feel like they were trying to rub it in our faces a little bit, and obviously they wanted to put more points on the board," Campbell said. "We made some mistakes, and we need to execute better. We need to win the next five games and do the same thing we did last year and just keep this in the past. There's not much else to say."

"(The short kicks were) what the coaches wanted us to do," Hardy said. "It was nothing like we wanted to run the score up on them. They just weren't able to stop it so we figured why not keep doing it."

The Tigers quickly built a comfortable lead before pulling away late.

Speedy Hammond scored on a 23-yard run with 7 minutes, 28 seconds to go in the opening quarter and added a 7-yard touchdown run less than four minutes later. His second touchdown was set up by an 86-yard punt return by Roger Lewis.

The Panthers mustered just 2 yards of offense in the opening quarter as the Tigers got tackles for losses from a group of players that included Sebastian Smith, Greg Basalyga, Jake Kincaid and Davion Bowers. North's offense saw the Central side of the field for just two plays in the first half.

Speedy Hammond had 93 yards and three touchdowns to lead Central, which has a 4-0 record for the eighth time in nine seasons.

North has a 2-3 record at the midpoint for the second year in a row. Last season, it followed the regular-season loss to the Tigers by winning its next five.

"It was a great crowd and a great night for Pickerington," Sharrett said. "We ran up some points on them pretty quickly at the end. We won some very difficult games against them last year, and it was nice to get a little bit of a cushion for our guys."