Just when it seemed like things might be coming into focus, Week 3 of the high school football season hit.

Pickerington Central, Pickerington North and Gahanna are no longer undefeated after enduring tight losses.

On the flip side, Thomas Worthington is 3-0, which means it has earned more wins than the past three seasons combined.

Here are five things we learned during a drama-filled set of games Sept. 8:

1. Hilliard Bradley looks like the real deal.

The three teams the Jaguars have beaten are a combined 3-6, but all three made the playoffs last year. There should still be positive times ahead for New Albany, which Bradley beat in Week 2, as well as Hilliard Davidson, which the Jaguars defeated 28-10 in Week 3.

What might be most impressive, though, is that the Jaguars have been doing it on both sides of the ball.

2. The City League is making noise.

Four teams from the City League are off to 3-0 starts.

Three of them, Independence, Marion-Franklin and Walnut Ridge, play in the City-South Division. Two other teams from the City-South, Columbus West and Briggs, are 2-1.

Thanks to strong performances against non-league opponents, all of those teams are a step ahead in terms of playoff points as compared to a year ago, when only Eastmoor Academy made the postseason.

The City-North, meanwhile, has five teams with losing records along with Mifflin, which is 3-0 after beating 2016 Division VII state semifinalist Harvest Prep 55-48 on Sept. 8.

3. It’s time to get to know Khalil Jones and Allen Smith.

A couple of talented players whom you might not be familiar with are Jones from Thomas and Smith from Westerville Central.

Jones had 115 yards receiving, 36 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 47-13 win over Groveport on Sept. 8. For the season, he has 18 receptions for 320 yards and four scores and 24 rushes for 115 yards and four touchdowns.

Smith followed a 141-yard rushing performance in a 31-21 win over Upper Arlington on Sept. 1 by running for three first-quarter touchdowns in a 57-28 win over Eastmoor on Sept. 8.

4. Licking Valley and Granville are in the midst of bounce-back seasons.

During the illustrious career of Licking Valley coach Randy Baughman, losing seasons like a year ago, when the Panthers went 4-6, have been the exception.

Licking Valley beat Johnstown 42-26 on Sept. 8 to improve to 3-0 as Jake Lewis threw for 230 yards, including hooking up with Gunnar Carpenter five times for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

Granville also is 3-0 after back-to-back 5-5 finishes. The Blue Aces beat Northland 44-26 on Sept. 8.

When factoring in Licking Heights, which is 2-1, there could be a lot of excitement in the coming weeks in the LCL-Buckeye.

5. The OCC-Ohio is shaping up to be as even as expected.

In addition to Gahanna and both Pickerington schools losing Sept. 8 to fall to 2-1 apiece, Reynoldsburg impressed with a 31-7 win over Olentangy to improve to 2-1.

Even Grove City, which lost to Central Crossing 49-48 to fall to 0-3 but totaled 486 total yards and Lancaster, which beat Hamilton (Ontario) Cathedral 70-13 to improve to 1-2, are getting better.

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