There was plenty of drama during Hamilton Township’s 21-14 victory over Groveport on Aug. 31, but much of the rest of Week 2 went bust.
Sure, Hilliard Darby and Hilliard Davidson’s neighborhood rivalry matchup was filled with drama as the Panthers came away with a 9-6 overtime victory Sept. 1.
Many of the other matchups, though, featured blowouts and shutouts.
There’s much to be taken from a weekend like that, so here are five things we learned from a week of mismatches:
1. Gahanna’s great start continues.
Following a 24-3 victory over Westerville Central on Aug. 25, the Lions followed with a 34-0 victory over Westerville South on Sept. 1.
Not only did the Lions produce nearly 300 yards of offense, but they held South senior running back and Ohio State recruit Jaelen Gill to 53 yards rushing and (minus)-7 yards receiving.
2. Hilliard Bradley might be as good offensively as it was a year ago.
Losing the Division I state Offensive Player of the Year in quarterback Will Phillis might have set the Jaguars up for rough times this season, but they’ve scored a combined 97 points during the first two weeks.
They posted an impressive 42-6 victory over New Albany on Sept. 1 as quarterback Josh Stewart was 17-for-28 passing for 140 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 58 yards and one score.
The Jaguars’ wide receiver corps also has lived up to expectations, as Daevon Anderson had six catches for 106 yards and one touchdown and Kory Taylor had 10 catches for 71 yards and one score against the Eagles.
3. Thomas Worthington is the area’s biggest surprise so far.
Could there have been any more unexpected result from the first two weeks than the Cardinals being 2-0?
Thomas is off to its best start since 1999 when it went 7-3 for its last winning season.
In a 45-21 win over Westerville North on Sept. 1, Dijaha Davis ran for two touchdowns, including an 88-yarder, and Khalil Jones scored four times.
4. Even if Zach Harrison is seriously injured, Olentangy Orange might have a strong enough defense to endure.
The Pioneers followed a 32-7 win over Worthington Kilbourne on Aug. 25 by shutting out Watterson 22-0 on Sept. 1 at Otterbein.
They intercepted Eagles quarterback Cole Andrews twice and held Watterson to 38 yards rushing as Bryce Houston, Zane Fisher and Jayden Rodgers led the way.
Harrison, one of Ohio’s top recruits in the class of 2019, exited the game late in the fourth quarter with a left leg injury. The extent of the injury is undetermined, but he left the game on crutches.
5. Marion-Franklin is back on track.
After enduring a 3-7 finish last season that represents the only losing record since coach Brian Haffele took over in 2005, the Red Devils beat Beechcroft 26-8 on Sept. 1 to improve to 2-0.
Ke’zion Brown passed for 254 yards and five touchdowns in a 36-25 victory over Central Crossing on Aug. 25 and threw for two more scores in the Week 2 win.