The chance to compete for championships is officially underway for every central Ohio high school football league beginning this week.

Teams in the OCC-Cardinal Division are hitting the third week of their title race, with Dublin Scioto and Hilliard Bradley having the early leg up, and teams from the City League-North and South divisions also are preparing for either their second or third league games.

The other OCC teams kick off league play this week.

There isn't a matchup of two undefeated teams as there was in Week 5 when Pickerington Central beat Hilliard Davidson in overtime and Dublin Coffman defeated Pickerington North, but there are some enticing games.

Here are five things we expect heading into Week 6:

1. Reynoldsburg playing host to Pickerington North is a great way for possibly the state's top league to get underway.

Those who foresaw North as the lone contender to Pickerington Central in the OCC-Ohio likely have had their eyes opened the past few weeks by unbeaten Reynoldsburg.

The Raiders have made just two previous playoff appearances, with the last coming in 2015. The last time they've started 5-0, according to school officials, was in the 1960s.

Their task on Friday, Sept. 28, though, will be unlike any they've faced thus far this season. North is 4-1 but by the tiniest of margins after losing to Coffman 31-28 on Sept. 21.

Reynoldsburg's defensive front is one of the best in the area and will try to calm the Panthers' high-powered passing game.

2. The City-South should provide another treat with a contest between Marion-Franklin and Eastmoor Academy.

After winning 26-20 at previously undefeated Walnut Ridge on Sept. 21, Eastmoor will play host to Marion-Franklin on Sept. 28 in a matchup of teams that are 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the league.

The Red Devils' only loss came against Reynoldsburg (36-6 on Sept. 7), and they've beaten Division I programs Central Crossing and Westland.

The only team to beat the Warriors was Westerville Central (55-24 on Sept. 7), another strong Division I program.

Both Marion-Franklin and Eastmoor are in Division III, Region 11, so more is riding on the result outside of league implications.

3. The four teams competing for the CCL title all are looking to bounce back as they play their league openers.

Hartley is the defending CCL champion and can't let the sting of a 34-31 loss at Division IV-power Clarksville Clinton-Massie on Sept. 21 linger as it prepares to play host to Watterson on Sept. 28.

The Eagles are 2-3 after losing to Cleveland Benedictine 17-14 on Sept. 21 but already have reached their win total from last season.

DeSales fell to 3-2 with a 35-14 loss to Covington (Kentucky) Catholic on Sept. 21 and must figure out its quarterback situation after likely losing Reno Godfrey for the season during the game. The Stallions are playing host to St. Charles, which is 2-3.

4. Whitehall will be involved in another huge MSL-Ohio matchup when it visits Grandview.

The Rams are 4-1 and have won four games in a row, including a 37-23 victory over Columbus Academy in their league opener Sept. 20, with their only loss coming to Westerville Central (19-6 on Aug. 24).

It should take a strong effort to continue that run, though, considering Whitehall must travel to Grandview on Sept. 28.

The Bobcats are in Division VI, Region 23 and the Rams compete in Division II, Region 7, but Grandview is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the league and has beaten two teams that made last year's playoffs.

5. The first big battle in the OCC-Capital will take place when New Albany plays host to Canal Winchester.

The Eagles bounced back from a double-overtime loss to Gahanna on Sept. 14 by beating Olentangy 30-18 on Sept. 21 to take a 3-2 mark into their league opener Sept. 28 against Canal Winchester.

New Albany has won at least a share of the last two league titles, but Canal Winchester is 4-1 after beating Grove City 28-13 on Sept. 21 and should pose a big challenge.

Although the Indians lost to the Eagles 23-3 last season, both teams went on to make the Region 7 playoffs.

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