The Reynoldsburg High School football team plays Friday at Lebanon in a game that is supposed to be a special night for the Warriors.

The Reynoldsburg High School football team plays Friday at Lebanon in a game that is supposed to be a special night for the Warriors.

The game will be the first time Lebanon plays on its new field turf, called Atrium Field, and they will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 1998 state championship team before the game.

"In high school you fight a lot of these distractions," Lebanon coach Shawn Lamb said. "It's OK to enjoy the circus, but the only thing our kids are going to remember is whether or not they won the game."

The Warriors will be looking to improve to 2-0 after a 39-13 win over Western Hills last Friday. With the historical significance of the game, the Raiders are preparing to play an inspired team, although the coaches aren't going to put too much emphasis on the emotion of the game.

"We'll let them know ahead of time just so it's not a shock-and-awe thing, but we're not going to make a big deal of it," coach Steve Evans said. "We want to go in there and ruin their party."

That's what Dublin Jerome did to the Raiders last Friday. Reynoldsburg, which was playing on its new turf, lost to the Celtics 28-0. Jerome rushed for 106 yards in the first quarter and finished with 177. The Raiders were effective at stopping the run when Jerome played out of its spread formations. Once the Celtics switched to their power formations, they were able to move the football.

Lebanon used a similar strategy to beat Western Hills, showing the pass before unleashing running back Nate Woods, a power runner who rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries as the Warriors amassed 426 yards.

"They're going to run twins to one side and they like to run the fade routes," Evans said. "They threw the deep route early and when Western Hills dropped back to cover that, they ran the ball."

The Warriors returned 15 starters from a team that was 4-6 last season, the program's first losing season since 1995. Quarterback Dusty Isaac started seven games last season and was honorable mention all-Southwest District. But other players like Woods weren't playing up to the level of expectation and that has motivated this year's group, Lebanon coach Shawn Lamb said. Woods played at a heavier weight last year.

"He's a third-year starter and he's in the best shape of his life," Lamb said. "He seems to have that burst back from that running back position. But we know Reynoldsburg is physical up front and our offensive line is going to have to stick to their blocks."

On film, the Warriors' ability to run the isolation and draw plays with equal precision impressed Evans. Lamb said his team strives to be a balanced offense, but he called Woods the unit's "catalyst."

Receivers Chase Cochran and Tyler Gilbert are Isaac's main targets. They were both named first-team all-Greater Western Ohio Conference.

The strength of the Reynoldsburg offense right now is the fullback dive. It was the most effective play in the opener, as Huss Trowery rushed nine times for 52 yards (5.7 average).

Getting the offense to click will come down to expanding to the second and third options -- the quarterback sweep and option pitch. Those plays take more timing and will come with more repetition.

"All through two-a-days, just the timing between the quarterback and the fullback is what we focused on the most and now that we're getting better at that, now we can take that and work off of it."

The Raiders rushed for 139 yards, including a 43-yard run by quarterback Trey Warr, who was making his first start. Warr left the game at the end of the first half with an apparent lower leg injury.

J.C. Gibson played quarterback in the second half.

Evans has indicated Friday the starter could be Gibson, Warr, or Matt Perkins, last year's starter who was injured during the preseason and returned to practice last week.

But he's still working his way into shape, Evans said.

Whoever plays will be concerned with a Lebanon defense that returns nine starters, including all-GWOC performers Jake Gilbert and Zach Schnee at linebackers,

Logan Baker on the line and Patrick O'Connell in the secondary.

At a glance


•When: 7:30 a.m. Friday

•Last meeting: First meeting

•Top Warriors: Logan Baker, Jake Gilbert, Dusty Isaacs, Zach Schnee and Nate Woods

Of note: The last time Reynoldsburg traveled outside the Central District was in 2006. They defeated Lima Senior, a Northwest District opponent, 34-0.