Olentangy at Big Walnut
The contest is the OCC-Capital Division opener for both teams, which haven't met as league foes since 1996 when both schools were members of the now-defunct Buckeye Athletic Conference. The rivalry dates to 1954, with Big Walnut holding a 24-23 edge in the series. The Golden Eagles have won the last two meetings, including 41-13 last season.
The Braves are 3-0 for the first time since 2008. That season, they won their first five games en route to going 7-4 and losing to Sylvania Southview 28-14 in the first round of the Division II, Region 6 playoffs. They haven't been to the playoffs since.
•LAST WEEK — Olentangy rallied to beat Lexington on Sept. 7, scoring 21 points in a span of 2 minutes, 20 seconds late in the fourth quarter. The Braves tied the game at 21 on a 1-yard run Horstman with 3:08 left and took a 28-21 lead with a 69-yard touchdown run by Iverson with 1:49 left. Hartline secured the win with a 14-yard touchdown run with 48 seconds left.
Horstman was 6-for-12 passing for 85 yards and a touchdown and had 16 carries for 73 yards and a score, as the Braves had 308 total yards. Iverson had four carries for 82 yards, most of which came on his touchdown.
Big Walnut held Collinwood to minus-28 yards rushing and 71 total yards. Thirty-six of the Golden Eagles' 42 plays were on the ground, as they amassed 365 yards rushing and ran for five touchdowns.