Westerville Central High School football coach Brent Morrison believes his team closely mirrors its next opponent.

The Warhawks will play host to Pickerington North on Friday, Sept. 14, in a matchup between two 3-0 teams.

Central and North both have had impressive performances on both sides of the ball.

"Obviously, (Pickerington) North is our biggest test of the season so far," Morrison said. "When we look at it statistically, we almost mirror each other. We're both about 250 yards passing a game and we're both 75 to 80 yards rushing. We look very similar, so it will be a good test of where we're actually at."

Both teams feature potent spread offenses, with Central averaging 39.7 points a game and North averaging 31.3.

The Panthers' defense is allowing 11.6 points per game and the Warhawks are giving up 14.6.

North coach Nate Hillerich is impressed with the way Central has responded to Morrison, who is in his first season as head coach.

"You can tell the kids have bought into the program," Hillerich said. "Anytime a new coach takes over, that's really what needs to happen. They have a total buy-in. He called the offense there before, so their offense is the same. Defensively, they're a little more aggressive. They're playing well."

After holding off Dublin Jerome 35-28 on Aug. 31, North was dominant in a 42-7 win over visiting Olentangy Orange on Sept. 7.

Mike Lowery completed 22 of 29 passes for 286 yards and six touchdowns against the Pioneers. Chris Scott was on the receiving end of four of Lowery's touchdown passes and had 101 yards receiving.

"Obviously, you want to score a lot of points, but so far our defense has been the most solid unit that we've put out there," Morrison said.

"I'm hoping that they can step up and shut (the Panthers) down a little bit. Our pass defense has been one of our strengths. We've had a lot of sacks this year and created a lot of turnovers in the passing game."

The Warhawks pulled away in the second quarter to defeat host Eastmoor Academy 55-24 on Sept. 7.

LaBronz Davis II completed six of 15 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Colton Irwin had one catch for a 70-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Kylin Byrd had two catches for 62 yards.

Central is looking to avenge a 42-3 loss at North last season.

"They're much improved this year and they have some talented players," Hillerich said of the Warhawks.

"The quarterback is a really good player. They're scoring a ton of points."

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