Marysville and Westerville Central will look to keep their OCC-Cardinal Division title hopes alive when they meet Friday, Sept. 30, at Central.

Marysville and Westerville Central will look to keep their OCC-Cardinal Division title hopes alive when they meet Friday, Sept. 30, at Central.

The Monarchs are tied for first place in the league with Westerville South at 2-0.

Marysville will play host to South on Oct. 7.

Central, which lost to South 28-22 on Sept. 16, is coming off a 41-8 win over Westerville North on Sept. 23.

Marysville improved to 2-0 in league play for the first time in coach Jeff Gafford's five seasons with a 14-13, triple-overtime win over Olentangy on Sept. 23.

"We've never been 1-0 in the league, we've never been 2-0 in the league," Gafford said. "You can't do the roller coaster and have a great season. You've got to keep climbing. We'll see what happens."

Against Olentangy, senior running back Kody Davisson rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. For the season, Davisson has 445 yards and five touchdowns on 77 carries.

"As always, Marysville is a team that has great size and strength and executes (its) offense very efficiently," Central coach John Magistro said. "They are fundamentally sound and very seldom beat themselves. We must play errorless football to beat them."

Central's spread offense has been led by senior quarterback Cody Kondas, who has completed 53 of 93 passes for 740 yards and eight touchdowns with six interceptions, and rushed for 194 yards and six touchdowns on 55 carries.

Senior running back Josh Gardy has rushed for a team-high 429 yards with a touchdown on 84 carries. Senior Jalen Liggins has added 274 yards and a touchdown on 51 carries.

"Central is a great football team," Gafford said. "They've always had a lot of talent and they're 4-1 and we're 4-1. Right now, we're in first in the league. Do we stay in first or do we drop to second place?"

Central defeated Marysville 23-20 last season, but the Monarchs lead the series 3-2.