The Reynoldsburg High School football team enters its game against visiting Findlay on Friday, Aug. 31, already possessing a win over an opponent it expects to contend for the playoffs and faith in its depth.

The Reynoldsburg High School football team enters its game against visiting Findlay on Friday, Aug. 31, already possessing a win over an opponent it expects to contend for the playoffs and faith in its depth.

In their Aug. 24 opener against visiting New Albany, the Raiders used a running-back-by-committee approach, a 47-yard touchdown pass to Mykel Traylor-Bennett and a big-play defense to win 10-9 in the ThisWeekSPORTS.com Game of the Week.

Reynoldsburg completed the task without senior running back Kumar Collins, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards a year ago but sat out the opener because of a shoulder injury. He is expected to return to the lineup against Findlay, which beat the Raiders 17-16 on the way to making the Division I, Region 2 playoffs a year ago.

The Trojans defeated Cleveland East Tech 55-8 in their opener Aug. 24.

"Kumar has a bruised shoulder, so we decided to air on the side of caution," coach Buddy White said. "We're expecting him back for (the Findlay game). Our guys did a good job, but there's only one Kumar Collins. It lets us know, though, that we can play without him. They did what they needed to do."

Offensively, the Raiders turned to Nigel Easley (17 carries for 49 yards), Tyrek Pugh (five carries for 27 yards) and Anthony Mitchell (11 carries for 50 yards) to fill Collins' spot.

Defensively, Emmanuel Beal had 1.5 sacks and one pass deflection, Devon Bollinger had 1.5 sacks and one tackle for loss and Iyan Sharp had a sack. Daquian Williams forced a fumble that was picked up by Pugh with 1 minute, 29 seconds remaining to help seal the win.

"Findlay's going to be a big game," White said. "We've got a little bit of momentum."

What to expect

A game that should come down to who runs the ball more effectively.

The Raiders survived to beat New Albany despite not having Kumar Collins, a 1,000-yard rusher a year ago who was out with a shoulder injury. He is expected to return to the lineup this week, where he'll join Nigel Easley (17 rushes for 49 yards) and Anthony Mitchell (11 rushes for 50 yards) as key running backs.

Findlay did most of its damage against East Tech on the ground as well, as Fletcher rushed 20 times for 67 yards and one touchdown and Vance Settlemire had touchdown runs of 60 and 42 yards. The Trojans led 28-0 after the first quarter and 48-0 at halftime.

Coach Mark Ritzler has a career record of 33-28 in six seasons at Findlay, but his team went 9-2 and made the Division I playoffs a year ago.

Last week

The Raiders' Mykel Traylor-Bennett scored on a 47-yard reception from Jordan Aekins midway through the second quarter for his team's only touchdown. Nick Hetrick kicked a 27-yard field goal with 7:31 remaining that proved to be the winning points.

Emmanuel Beal and Devon Bollinger were standouts for a defense that held New Albany quarterback Darron Lee -- an Ohio State recruit -- to 2-for-8 passing for 52 yards and one interception and minus-16 yards rushing on 10 attempts.