Both teams have leaned on their running games all season.

Both teams have leaned on their running games all season.

Alex Butsko took over at quarterback for Lancaster after five weeks and the Gales beat Groveport 35-34 on Sept. 28. Lancaster followed a tight loss to Pickerington Central (14-10 on Sept. 14) by giving up an average of 34.3 points the last three weeks.

Reynoldsburg has a pair of key offensive weapons in Mykel Traylor-Bennett at wide receiver and Kumar Collins at running back. Jordan Aekins passed for two touchdowns and rushed for 112 yards on 13 carries against Gahanna, which gives up just 9.7 points per game.

•LAST WEEK - Reynoldsburg followed its win over previously unbeaten Gahanna by falling behind 42-7 by halftime against Pickerington North.

Aekins was stopped four times for losses and fumbled once during the first half and North's Jake Butt and Godwin Igwebuike each scored three touchdowns before halftime.

"We were pretty demoralized at halftime, but we could have easily rolled over and they kept on playing," coach Buddy White said. "We've got three more games left and we can't start up with a lot of bad habits."

Collins rushed for 101 yards and one touchdown to lead the Raiders.