If Week 4 has anything close to the amount of drama that occurred last weekend, central Ohio high school football fans are in for a treat.
There were numerous high-scoring games that came down to the wire Sept. 8, and in many cases the final result wasn’t necessarily the predicted one.
Mifflin’s 55-48 victory over Harvest Prep and Central Crossing’s 49-48 win over Grove City probably were the two most exciting games, but Licking Heights also edged New Albany 35-30 and Pickerington North, Gahanna, Newark and Watterson all lost tight games to out-of-area programs.
Here are five things to watch heading into Week 4:
1. Dublin Coffman should be tested for the first time after rolling to a 3-0 start.
The perennial playoff contender was expected to be among central Ohio’s best teams again this season and hasn’t disappointed thus far, outscoring its first three opponents 132-0.
The Shamrocks, though, will face by far their toughest opponent to date when they travel Friday, Sept. 15, to Olentangy. The Braves are coming off a 31-7 loss to Reynoldsburg, but are 2-1 and made the playoffs a year ago.
2. Columbus Academy and London will meet in the area’s only matchup of 3-0 teams.
The Vikings were a playoff team last season, which makes their 3-0 start much less surprising than that of the Red Raiders, who finished 3-7 a year ago.
The matchup Sept. 15 represents the MSL-Ohio Division opener for both teams. London will be moving to the Central Buckeye Conference next year, so this is the first step in its motivation to exit the MSL-Ohio on a high note.
3. Pickerington North and Gahanna are facing tough challenges as they look to bounce back from their first losses.
After opening with back-to-back impressive victories, both North and Gahanna lost tight games Sept. 8, with the Panthers falling to Centerville 27-26 and the Lions losing to Cincinnati Elder 27-23.
On Sept. 15, North plays host to Westerville Central and Gahanna is host to New Albany in intriguing matchups.
4. Thomas Worthington and Hilliard Bradley will have to beat community rivals if they are to improve to 4-0.
Bradley has beaten its first three opponents by an average of nearly 30 points, but should face a stern test when it plays Sept. 15 at Hilliard Darby.
Thomas, which entered the season on a 17-game losing streak, is off to a perfect start, and the next thing on its to-do list to is beat Worthington Kilbourne for the first time since 2011.
5. Undefeated Mifflin is looking to end Beechcroft’s 20-game City League-North win streak.
Mifflin is among four teams from the City League that are 3-0. The Punchers, behind standout senior quarterback Daveonn Logan, are averaging 40 points.
Beechcroft, meanwhile, is 0-3 and has scored 14 points all season but has won the last three league titles.