Reynoldsburg High School football coach Buddy White expects Westerville Central won't be in a good mood when his team visits the Warhawks on Friday, Sept. 22.

The Raiders are feeling a bit irritated about their most recent performance as well, even though they're on a three-game winning streak.

Reynoldsburg is 3-1 after beating Central Crossing 21-7 on Sept. 15 while Central takes a 2-2 mark into the matchup after getting blown out by Pickerington North 42-3 the same night.

It's a rematch of a game the Raiders won 45-35 last season.

"I'm sure Westerville Central is not going to be real happy (this) week," White said. "Fortunately for us, they're facing a Reynoldsburg team that's not very happy either. We've got a lot to prove."

Sophomore Michael Whatley filled in at quarterback against Central Crossing and completed eight of 14 passes for 160 yards with two touchdowns, one apiece to Camby Goff and Mershawn Rice.

Senior quarterback Justin Henry, who has been battling an injury, could be back this week. He threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns in wins over St. Charles (34-0 on Sept. 1) and Olentangy (31-7 on Sept. 8).

Rice has 12 catches for 315 yards and four touchdowns and Guy Cowans-Wright has rushed for 304 yards and three scores to also play key roles on offense for the Raiders.

"They've got a guy that can throw the ball and they've got a great wide receiver," Warhawks coach John Magistro said. "We didn't play with as much energy and emotion as we needed to. (North) quarterback (Jimmy Weirick) is really good. (A loss like that) bothers you, but after watching film on it, it's history.

"Our defense has been playing really well. We gave up 42 points, but that wasn't on the defense. We had some (issues on) special teams and with our offense."

Central's Allen Smith has rushed for 465 yards and four touchdowns on the season but had just 1 yard against North.

Quarterback Isaiah Healy has thrown and rushed for two touchdowns apiece, and wide receiver Ashton Gilkey also has been a key contributor on offense.

"We have a real good receiver and a quarterback that can run the ball really well," Magistro said. "We need to be clicking on both (running and passing the ball)."

Reynoldsburg finished with 393 yards of offense and held Central Crossing to 200.

Defensively, linebackers Ke'Shun Moore and Dezman Cooper both had six tackles, lineman Jay Amburgey had two tackles for loss and lineman Elijah Ratliff had 1.5 tackles for loss.

White is looking for more consistency from his team with the OCC-Ohio Division schedule beginning Sept. 29.

"We had some drive-killing penalties and got a little raggedy in the second half (against Central Crossing), but our kids are not very happy with how we finished the game," he said. "The fact that they're not happy and the coaches are not happy shows a lot of growth. It shows that our expectations are a lot higher. We're 3-1 and get to go into (this) week coming off a win, and we'll be talking about new mistakes (this) week. We know we're good. We know we're better than we played, and we will (play better)."

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