The MSL-Ohio Division battle between Bexley and host Newark Catholic on Saturday, Oct. 1, will be a showcase of versatile quarterbacks. Senior Jalen Robinette leads the Lions' offense, while the Green Wave's offense is led by Garrett Vernau.

The MSL-Ohio Division battle between Bexley and host Newark Catholic on Saturday, Oct. 1, will be a showcase of versatile quarterbacks. Senior Jalen Robinette leads the Lions' offense, while the Green Wave's offense is led by Garrett Vernau.

Bexley improved to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Ohio with a 49-7 win over Lakewood on Sept. 23, while Newark Catholic fell to 2-3 and 0-2 with a 20-10 loss to Columbus Academy that same night.

"It looks like the same type of things we've seen from Newark Catholic in the past," said Bexley coach John Smith, whose team has lost three of the last four meetings with the Green Wave, including 27-7 last year. "They have a good, physical offensive line, an outstanding group of running backs and a quarterback that is extremely athletic. (Vernau) can run and throw very well."

Vernau completed 15 of 36 passes for 185 yards and a 25-yard touchdown to Kevin Bourne against Academy. Bexley also will have to contain running back Connor Shook, who was special mention all-state in Division VI last year, and receiver Zakk Valentino, who had four catches for 48 yards against Academy.

"If you have the ability to (run and pass), it can pose problems," Smith said. "Defending that can be extremely difficult. We did not meet the task of that against Granville (a 49-20 loss on Sept. 16) and that cost us. Their quarterback was able to throw very effectively against us and he was able to run against us. You have to be able to stop one of those things."

Newark Catholic coach Bill Franks also is well aware of that. His defense, led by Shook, Bourne, linebacker Trevor Garber and defensive back Tanner Potts, must slow down Robinette, who rushed for 137 yards on 11 carries and completed 11 of 15 passes for 155 yards with four touchdowns against Lakewood.

Bexley rushed for 327 yards on 33 carries against Lakewood, led by running back D.J. Jones with 106 yards on 11 carries. Derek Cain had four receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown.

"(The Lions) always have good athletes," Franks said. "I know this year Robinette is carrying the ball and throwing the ball often. We're going to have to slow him up and look at film and identify their other playmakers.

"Our goal is, 'Let's go 1-0 this week.' They give us some nice challenges and we look forward to having a great week of work."