After coach Josh Stratton made some personnel changes on offense, the Canal Winchester High School football team will seek its third consecutive win Friday, Sept. 15, at Westerville North.
Quarterback Jack Beeler, a sophomore who took over for senior Stanton Smith after a 27-20, double-overtime loss to Thomas Worthington on Aug. 25, completed 13 of 21 passes for 207 yards in a 33-7 win over Teays Valley on Sept. 8. Running back Jacob Robertson rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries, and Tyler Toledo added rushing touchdowns of 15 and 22 yards as the Indians improved to 2-1.
Trevor Thompson added field goals of 24 and 37 yards in the first quarter.
Smith now plays wide receiver and has 10 catches for 150 yards on the season.
"We threw the ball just enough and we definitely moved the ball well (against Teays Valley)," Stratton said. "Jack is probably the most calm 16-year-old I've ever been around. I call him 'the Iceman.' Nothing rattles him. He doesn't get overly excited. He's kind of an old soul in that respect. To take over for a senior and be that solid, it says a lot about his talent and poise."
According to Stratton, linebackers Jared Bulluck, Darren Davis and Matt Kamer and defensive lineman Angelo Hubbard each had more than 10 tackles against Teays Valley.
North is 1-2, coming off a 24-14 loss to Upper Arlington on Sept. 8.
Robert Robinson's 80-yard kickoff return in the third quarter got the Warriors on the scoreboard after they trailed 17-0, and quarterback Jacob Woods threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Harvey in the fourth quarter.
Running back Bodi Bien rushed for 105 yards on 23 carries, and linebacker Greg Shehee made 12 tackles to lead the defense.
Division I college recruit Jeremiah Burton is a two-way lineman for the Warriors.
"They'll run a lot of formations and try to outnumber you at the point of attack," Stratton said. "You never know what they're going to run because they are so multiple. They're fundamentally sound, they're good blockers and tacklers and they are aggressive."
Canal Winchester is 1-3 all-time against North, including 1-2 when both teams were in the OCC-Cardinal from 2013-15. The Indians lost to the Warriors 35-14 last year.