Week 6 Preview
Reynoldsburg at Gahanna
Raiders (3-2 overall, 1-1 in OCC-Ohio) <> Lions (2-3 overall, 2-0 in OCC-Ohio)
After his team lost for the 12th consecutive season to Pickerington Central, Reynoldsburg High School football coach Buddy White admitted his disappointment regarding the Raiders’ inability to finish drives and how they committed penalties at inopportune times throughout the second half.
The other numbers showed what Central coach Jay Sharrett said after the Tigers’ 28-17 win Sept. 27 – the Raiders brought their ‘A’ game.
Reynoldsburg produced 328 yards of offense and led 10-0 before giving up 21 consecutive points.
The Raiders will try to clean up their mistakes when they travel Friday, Oct. 4, to Gahanna.
Reynoldsburg is 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division.
“We had some drive killers and didn’t play as well in the second half as we did in the first half,” White said.
“We’ve got to put this behind us as soon as possible.”
Two things the Raiders have going for them on offense are the big-play abilities of senior wide receiver Demetris Givens and the power rushing of senior running backs David Moore and Zack Mehan.
Givens has six receptions for 239 yards and two touchdowns, including a 78-yard touchdown catch on the first play from scrimmage against Central.
Moore rushed for 134 yards and one touchdown and Mehan added 47 yards rushing against the Tigers.
In the second half, the Raiders had one drive end with a fumble and another end on a botched snap on a fake punt.
Gahanna is 2-3 overall and 2-0 in the league, coming off consecutive wins over Groveport (20-13 on Sept. 20) and Newark (48-10 on Sept. 27).
Against Newark, sophomore Mason Blancett stepped in at quarterback after previously being the backup and completed 16 of 20 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns. Vasean Davis rushed for 113 yards and four touchdowns and Tank Davis had seven catches for 68 yards and one score.
“I want to make sure we focus on playing better (this) week,” White said. “Gahanna’s going to be ready for us.”