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)."
boys golf team
Freshman Jamison Boykins shot 78 during the fourth and final round of the OCC-Ohio tournament Sept. 13 at Turnberry to close the league schedule with a 79.25 average.
That finish earned him first-team all-league honors and the fourth-best average overall.
"It's been nice," Boykins said. "I at least want to make it to district this year."
The Raiders went 0-20 in league play, behind Gahanna (17-3), Pickerington North (14-6), Grove City (13-7), Pickerington Central (12-8) and Lancaster (4-16).
Also during the final round, junior Trey Alberts shot 85 and senior Tanner Wooddell carded 96. Alberts finished second in league action for the Raiders with an 86.0 average and Wooddell averaged 93.5.
Junior Keean Durkin and sophomore Robbie Crawford also have been key players.
"Our four and five guys, even though their scores aren't great, they're coming down," coach Scott Walters said. "We're starting to get there."
Boys, girls runners
making big strides
The boys and girls cross country teams have shown significant improvement under first-year coach Bill Crane.
On Sept. 16 in the 11-team Newark Invitational, the girls finished with 49 points to capture the championship as freshmen Avril Moyer and Kasey Lichtner took third (20 minutes, 38.3 seconds) and fourth (21:03.2), respectively.
Seniors Chanel Boykins and Annalese Roach, junior Natalie Castello and freshmen Macey Thompson and Rachel Watkins also have been among the team's top runners.
On Sept. 9 in the 28-team McGowan Invitational at Watkins Memorial, the girls were 16th (420) behind champion Olentangy Liberty (80) as Moyer was 36th (20:13).
Also at Newark, the boys were sixth (159) of 15 teams behind the champion and host Wildcats (52) as senior Jared Dye was 13th (18:18.6), followed by juniors Brody Swisher (19th, 18:35.8) and Andy Young (25th, 18:55.5).
Seniors Nate Russell and James Ullom, sophomore Grant Boone and freshmen Mars Davis and Dominic Sabo also have been key runners.
The boys were 23rd (606) in the 32-team McGowan Invitational behind champion Liberty (93) as Russell was 80th (17:28.2).
Below are the coming schedules for the Reynoldsburg cross country, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 23 -- Pickerington Central Invitational
Sept. 27 -- Rick Mettle Invitational at Walnut Ridge
Sept. 23 -- Pickerington Central Invitational at Turnberry
Sept. 25 -- Big Walnut at Royal American
Sept. 26 -- Gahanna at Little Turtle
Sept. 27 -- Westerville North and Westerville South at Blackhawk
Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Thomas Worthington
*Sept. 26 -- At Pickerington Central
*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Pickerington Central
Sept. 25 -- At Delaware
Sept. 26 -- At Marysville
Sept. 27 -- At Watkins Memorial
*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Gahanna. The Raiders lost to the Lions 25-13, 25-17, 25-11 on Sept. 5.