Raise your hand if you thought Delaware, Columbus South and Grandview all would be among the Central District high school football programs that would start 3-0.
If your hand is up, we’re truly impressed.
It is logical that Delaware would fall into the sleeper category under first-year coach Scott Wetzel, who won a state championship at Big Walnut in 2007.
Grandview also has had some nice seasons over the years, but it is coming off a 5-5 finish.
South obviously is the most unpredictable among that group considering it hasn’t posted a winning record since 2006, including going 3-6 last fall.
Here are five things we learned from Week 3:
1. Davidson won this year’s battle for supremacy in Hilliard.
The possible demise of the Wildcats’ program following a rare non-playoff season hasn’t continued this fall.
On Sept. 7, Davidson beat Bradley 17-10 to earn a sweep of its sister schools after also beating Darby 14-0 on Aug. 31.
The Wildcats, who have won two state championships under coach Brian White, still do it with defense: They recovered two fumbles, intercepted two passes and blocked a punt against the Jaguars.
2. The depth of talent running through Dublin Coffman’s program is special.
The Shamrocks took significant losses to graduation from last season but haven’t missed a beat, getting out to a 3-0 start that included a 45-14 win over Dublin Jerome on Sept. 7.
Mike Drennen, who is one of the area’s top athletes from the 2020 recruiting class with a list of offers that includes Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State, produced 162 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.
3. Northland is back in the hunt after getting its first victory.
Although it still has several teams to pass, Northland’s Division II, Region 7 playoff hopes got a big jolt with its 28-21 victory over Granville on Sept. 7.
The Vikings are 1-2 but lost their first two games — each to 2017 playoff qualifiers — by a total of four points. The Blue Aces also were a playoff team last season.
The other teams in the City League-North Division are a combined 4-14, which means Northland will be rooting hard for Granville the next few weeks and might need to win out.
4. Olentangy Liberty’s season could be getting back on track.
After losing its first two games, 2017 Division I state semifinalist Liberty beat Marysville 23-14 on Sept. 7.
Most importantly for the Patriots is that their quarterback, senior Mitchell Okuley, returned to action, throwing for 156 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown that sealed the victory. He hadn’t played since the opening series in Week 1.
5. Pickerington Central is capable of winning easy even when it’s not sharp.
It should be a scary thought for the rest of the teams on the Tigers’ schedule, but the 3-0 and defending Division I state championship squad is far from peaking.
During its 42-19 victory over Trotwood-Madison on Sept. 7, Central committed three turnovers in the first half and gave up chunks of yardage through the air against one of the most athletic opponents it will face this season.
On the flip side, the Tigers returned one interception and one kickoff each for scores and took the punches from the Rams in stride.