A pair of neighborhood high school football matchups Friday, Sept. 7, should create excitement in those communities and interest for the rest of central Ohio because of their long-term implications.

After not playing each other the past four seasons, Dublin Coffman visits Dublin Jerome for a meeting of Division I, Region 2 programs.

The headline game in Division I, Region 3 has to be between host Hilliard Davidson and Hilliard Bradley, which will battle in the Jaguars' final non-league game this season.

Here are five things we expect heading into Week 3:

1. Pickerington Central will be especially motivated, not only to improve to 3-0 but to avenge its only loss from last season.

On their way to a 14-1 finish that included winning the Division I state title, the Tigers lost only to eventual Division III state champion Trotwood-Madison 28-19 in Week 3 at home.

Central has to travel for the rematch but should be sufficiently rested after winning 56-6 over West Toronto (Ontario) Prep on Aug. 31.

Trotwood-Madison, which went 15-0 last season, beat Division II state power Cincinnati Winton Woods 13-3 on Aug. 24 but got blown out by Chicago Simeon 33-6 on Aug. 31, further adding confusion regarding where it stands.

2. Davidson gets its chance to prove that it's truly back after a rare subpar season.

The Wildcats were 5-5 and failed to make the playoffs last fall, but they haven't given up a point during their 2-0 start.

Last season, Bradley handed Davidson its worst loss of the season, 28-10, on its way to a perfect regular season and 11-1 finish.

Bradley still has something to prove this season, though, considering it squeaked out wins over two teams that are off to 0-2 starts. This should be a valuable test for new Jaguars quarterback Griffin Veil, who rushed for 65 yards and threw for 163 yards but was intercepted twice in a 20-19 win over Stow-Munroe Falls on Aug. 31.

3. Jerome and Coffman are set to renew their rivalry, and the matchup should be full of emotion.

The Celtics met the Shamrocks in 2012 and 2013, losing both meetings, but the programs haven't played since.

The wait feels long overdue considering Coffman has made nine consecutive playoff appearances and Jerome has gotten into the postseason each of the past two seasons.

The Celtics also showed during a 35-28 loss at Pickerington North on Aug. 31 that they're ready to be in the conversation of the area's best teams this fall.

4. Eastmoor Academy and Northland will be involved in important games.

Sure, there will be seven weeks remaining in the regular season after these games, but playoff points can be tough to come by for City League programs once the league schedule begins because of the perennial struggles of some of its teams.

Eastmoor, a Division III program, is 2-0 and gets a shot at a Division I program when it plays host to Westerville Central, which also has won its first two games.

Northland has endured a pair of painful losses -- 28-27 to Zeeland (Michigan) West and 31-28 to Whitehall -- but has a great opportunity to begin building its Division II playoff resume if it can beat Granville, a Division III program that made the postseason last year and is 2-0.

5. Surprisingly, a matchup to keep an eye on is Delaware at Westland.

The Pacers have a chance to improve to 3-0 and take another step forward under new coach Scott Wetzel, who previously found success with two other Delaware County programs, Buckeye Valley and Big Walnut.

Westland is 0-2 and has lost 26 of its last 27 games, but the Cougars' only win during that time came against Delaware, 19-14 last season.

In addition, Westland appears to be much improved after losing back-to-back two-point games to solid programs in Licking Heights (34-32) and Marion-Franklin (46-44).

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