Pickerington Central at Newark

Newark had lost 31 consecutive league games before edging Groveport on Oct. 5.

The Wildcats used a short-passing game and their best defensive performance of the season to edge the Cruisers 16-14. Newark had been allowing an average of 47.5 points before facing Groveport, which was limited by the Wildcats to 237 total yards and eight first downs.

Grant Russell completed 19 of 25 passes for 242 yards, with Austin Williams having five catches for 82 yards. The top running back for the Wildcats is Shawn Dillon, a junior who had 62 yards rushing against Groveport.

The Tigers, who have been held to 15 or fewer points three times this season, have tried to maintain a balanced offense. Greg Basalyga, Taco Charlton and Nygel Hairston have led the way for a Central defense that is coming off its best performance of the season.

•LAST WEEK — Basalyga rushed for 48 yards, Tawuain Gordon had 47 yards rushing and Colby Simkins passed for 91 yards and a touchdown against Grove City on Oct. 5.

The Tigers and Dawgs were tied at 7 at halftime, but Central led 14-7 after the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Simkins to Eric Marshall and a 4-yard scoring run by Walton.

Central held Grove City to 19 yards passing.