• Week 1 Recap

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    Bexley halfback Micah Fliegel carries the ball as Harvest Prep lineman Daquan Owens-Johnson tries to bring him down during the Lions game against host Harvest Prep on Aug. 26. Bexley won 41-20.

    Bexley 41, Harvest Prep 20

    Bexley High School senior halfback Micah Fliegel did the hard work and Simon Kroos was able to enjoy the spoils.
  • Week 1 Recap

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    DeSales’ Ryan Corkrean (5) celebrates with teammates Ty Van Fossen (7), Omar Vargas (56) and Cole Silvestri (12) after Corkrean’s touchdown gave the Stallions a 7-0 lead over visiting Lancaster in the first half of the season opener Aug. 25. DeSales won 28-7.

    DeSales 28, Lancaster 7

    Alonzo Booth knew exactly what to do once he got through the line of scrimmage.
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POSTGAME VIEW

Surprising blowouts, tight games stand out in week 1

As the Gahanna Lincoln High School football team got ready to shake hands with Westerville Central after what can only be described as a shocking blowout win on the opening Friday night of central Ohio high school football Aug. 26, Orin Sheumaker had to do something he’s never had to do before: Make a postgame speech as a head coach.
Final Scores

Area results from Week 1 games

Week 1 Recap

Walnut Ridge 8, Watterson 3

Quoran Knights scooped up a fumble and returned it 18 yards for the game’s only touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the Walnut Ridge High School football team defeated host Watterson 8-3 in a turnover-marred non-league opener Aug. 26 at Hagely Field.
Week 1 Recap

Worthington Kilbourne 29, Olentangy Orange 28

It was an uphill battle for the Worthington Kilbourne High School football team at Olentangy Orange on Aug. 26.
Week 1 Recap

Upper Arlington 26, St. Charles 14

A turnover and a big play helped the Upper Arlington High School football team build a halftime lead in its opener against visiting St. Charles Preparatory School on Aug. 26, but the two-point margin didn’t provide much comfort.
Week 1 Recap

Reynoldsburg 35, New Albany 28

Nathan Barko and J.J. Cooper had tried the play before, but with no success.
Week 1 Recap

Gahanna Lincoln 39, Westerville Central 10

In his debut with the host Gahanna Lincoln High School football team Aug. 26 against Westerville Central, sophomore quarterback Michael Lowery proved to be the steadying force his inexperienced offense needed.
Week 1 Recap

Hilliard Davidson 26, Grove City 10

Although its roster has drastically changed, the game plan remains the same for the Hilliard Davidson High School football team.
Week 1 Recap

Olentangy 31, Hilliard Darby 10

Even Olentangy High School fans who make sure to keep their Friday nights open in the fall in order to watch their football team had to invest in a program to find out who was who for the season opener Aug. 26 at Hilliard Darby.

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•GAME of the WEEK
Olentangy

at Hilliard Darby

•New Albany
at Reynoldsburg

•Lancaster
at DeSales

•Pickerington Central
at Cincinnati Elder

•Walnut Ridge
at Watterson

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WEEK 1

1. Pickerington Central

2. Hilliard Davidson

3. Olentangy Liberty

4. Hilliard Bradley

5. Dublin Coffman

6. Hartley

7. Westerville Central

Why these seven?


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