The Bexley High School football team will open Friday, Aug. 24, at Harvest Prep.

The Bexley High School football team will open Friday, Aug. 24, at Harvest Prep.

The teams did not play last season, when both finished 5-5. Harvest Prep is coached by former Pickerington coach Jack Johnson and is led by 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior wide receiver and defensive back Zach Yousey.

"We caught a glimpse of him on film from last year," Lions coach John Smith said of Yousey, who has received numerous scholarship offers from Division I college teams, including Ohio State, Michigan, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Arkansas and Wisconsin. "Our coaches have been able to go and watch him personally. He looks like he is a tremendous athlete who catches the ball well and runs good routes. I think the biggest concern is what he can do once he gets the football in his hands."

"Zach is one of the top recruits in the state of Ohio," Johnson said. "In fact, I think he's probably the best prospect in the state right now. So does Wisconsin, Ohio State, Georgia and half a dozen other schools.

"He runs the 40 in 4.3 seconds and has great hands."

Other key players for Harvest Prep include senior tight end and defensive end Ethan Brown (6-4, 225), senior linebacker and offensive tackle Tony Peoples (6-1, 240) and senior quarterback Josiah Stacy (5-9, 160). Brown has verbally committed to Air Force Academy.

Bexley offensive lineman Jaxon Sher has been impressed with what he's seen and heard about the Warriors.

"I've seen film on Zach Yousey and I know he's good," Sher said. "I know they have some talent. It should be a really good game.

"Coach Smith said it best. He said both teams are going to have small rosters (so) it's going to come down to penalties and turnovers. We played our best last year when we limited penalties and turnovers. I think ball security is crucial."

The Lions have switched from a spread offense to the wing-T this season.