The Westerville Central High School football team will look to build on a comeback win over Upper Arlington when it plays host to Eastmoor Academy on Friday, Sept. 8, in the first meeting between the programs.

The Warhawks, who will play their third consecutive home game to begin the season, scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to erase a 14-10 deficit and defeat UA 31-21 on Sept. 1.

Central, which lost to Gahanna 24-3 on Aug. 25, bounced back behind 153 yards rushing and a touchdown from Allen Smith.

Isaiah Healy passed for 149 yards and a touchdown and ran for another, and Ryan Hallinan’s 58-yard interception return for a score in the fourth quarter helped seal the win.

“We’re not where we want to be yet,” Central coach John Magistro said. “Our defense has been pretty solid. Offensively, we still have a ways to go. It’s not that we don’t on defense (as well). Our special teams have been real good. Two out of the three phases of the game have been pretty good.”

Eastmoor, a Division III program, fell to 1-1 with a 55-24 loss at Lima Senior on Sept. 1. The Warriors amassed 340 yards, but allowed 582.

“They’re going to be loaded with athletes,” Magistro said. “I know Eastmoor has a good reputation. … They play good football. I’m sure they’re going to have as many athletes on the field as we do, if not more.”

Running back Savon Edwards Jr. had four receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns and added 81 yards rushing and a score on 17 carries against Lima. Quarterback Marquise Laster passed for 116 yards and a touchdown.

The Warriors opened with a 46-19 win over Franklin Heights on Aug. 25.

Last season, Eastmoor reached the postseason for the first time since 2011 but lost to Beechcroft 19-15 in the first round in Division III, Region 11.

The Warriors won their second consecutive City League-South Division title at 7-0.

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