Wildcats (0-4, 0-1) Lions (1-3, 1-0)
During the Gahanna Lincoln High School football team's 2011 playoff run, then-senior quarterback Tyler Grassman passed for 17 touchdowns and more than 1,800 yards while also rushing for six scores.
Alec Tuohy showed similar ability as a senior quarterback a year ago when the Lions went 7-3, passing for 1,452 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushing for 637 yards.
Gahanna has gotten a glimpse of the potential of its new quarterback this fall, albeit through a situation still in progress.
Junior Ronald Robinson, who saw limited action a year ago behind Tuohy, completed 13 of 22 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown as the Lions beat Groveport 20-13 on Sept. 20 to improve to 1-3 overall and 1-0 in the OCC-Ohio Division.
On the season, the 6-foot, 185-pounder has thrown for 719 yards and five touchdowns but has completed just more than 50 percent of his passes (58-for-111) and has been intercepted seven times.
Gahanna plays host Friday, Sept. 27, to Newark, which lost to Pickerington North 45-0 on Sept. 20 to fall to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the league.
The Lions have won the last seven meetings with the Wildcats.
"Without a doubt you look at the completion rate and are you getting the ball to the receivers," coach John Snoad said. "(Robinson has) got to make the right reads and find the right receiver. We talk to the receivers and the quarterback about the fact that it's all based on timing."
One of the biggest positives from the Groveport game was that the Lions had a running game to complement their pass-oriented offense.
Robinson rushed 19 times for a season-high 93 yards and one touchdown, and his team finished with a season-high 233 yards on the ground. His 10-yard scoring run with 5 minutes, 58 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner.
Gahanna rushed for just 141 yards during its first three games combined.
Also against the Cruisers, Vasean Davis added 14 rushes for 59 yards and three catches for 53 yards and one touchdown. Kevin Randolph had five receptions for 23 yards and Tank Davis had four catches for 21 yards.
"Obviously we've had two guys who have been playmakers the last couple years in Tank and Kevin, but Emile Camm also has contributed (at wide receiver)," Snoad said.
Gahanna held Groveport to 180 yards. Cruisers quarterback Austin Newman was 0-for-6 passing and was intercepted by Randolph.
Junior linebacker Blake Baker had two tackles for loss and 10 tackles overall.
"Your team has to make plays," Snoad said. "We've been tested early and we are going to progressively get better."