Westerville South will attempt to utilize a balanced offensive attack when it plays host to Dublin Jerome in an OCC-Cardinal Division game on Friday, Sept. 30.

Westerville South will attempt to utilize a balanced offensive attack when it plays host to Dublin Jerome in an OCC-Cardinal Division game on Friday, Sept. 30.

The Wildcats feature a trio of big-play skill players in quarterback Marcus Ball, running back Daxton Cates and wide receiver Gary Brown.

During South's 45-42 home victory over Dublin Scioto on Sept. 23, Ball was 13-for-19 passing for 216 yards and four touchdowns, and he returned an interception 33 yards for a score while playing free safety.

Brown had eight receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns, and Cates rushed for 106 yards and two scores on 22 carries as the Wildcats improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal.

Jerome's defense gave up 256 yards during a 20-16 loss at Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 23. The Celtics dropped to 1-4 and 1-1.

"We haven't been like this since year three (of our program)," Jerome coach Mark Hundley said. "I don't know how the guys are going to react, but we're going to find out."

The Celtics' defense has given up 19 points per game, while South's offense is averaging 33.6 points.

"We just want to keep playing the way we do, mixing the pass and run," Ball said. "Defenses are struggling to stop us when we're playing well. But we need to make sure we don't stop ourselves with penalties or turnovers, because that's been a problem in some games."

Jerome's offense has moved the ball the past two games.

The Celtics had 417 yards in a 49-2 win over Westerville North on Sept. 16 and 361 yards against Liberty, as running back Donovan Wilson scored on runs of 80 and 3 yards.

Quarterback Joe Bano will look to throw downfield to Iowa recruit Cameron Wilson against a South defense that is giving up 30 points a game.

Against Scioto, the Wildcats allowed 281 passing yards and 156 rushing yards, although Ball and Brown each had interceptions.

The Wildcats beat Jerome 35-23 last year. South coach Rocky Pentello said his team could be in for another battle after having to rally from a 10-point deficit to defeat Scioto, which also is 1-4 overall.

"Our guys have been up and down all season, so it doesn't matter if Dublin Jerome is struggling because we never know which team is going to show up," Pentello said. "We know we need to play well to win this game."