The opening weekend of league play in the OCC-Ohio and OCC-Capital divisions didn’t disappoint.
In the OCC-Ohio, it started with the Sept. 27 game in which Gahanna rallied to within a touchdown before falling to Pickerington Central 27-13 and continued the next night with Reynoldsburg rallying from a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Pickerington North 33-31.
The two expected top teams in the OCC-Capital faced off Sept. 28, with Canal Winchester edging New Albany 30-28.
Here are five things we learned in Week 6:
1. Reynoldsburg’s win over North was its most important in years.
The Raiders have made the playoffs twice, including in 2001 when they won their postseason opener before losing in the next round.
Most of the next several years were known more for losses and coaching changes than for big victories. The last time Reynoldsburg got such a monumental victory was in 2015 when it beat Lancaster 49-42 in three overtimes on the way to its second playoff berth.
This victory, though, eclipses that one because of not only the way it occurred but also because it came against a team that it had only beaten one previous time in what has become a heated rivalry.
2. Canal Winchester’s win is further proof that it has hit a new level.
The Indians lost 24 of their first 26 league games after joining the OCC in 2013, but that seems like a distant memory after their win over New Albany.
The Eagles beat the Indians in the OCC-Capital opener each of the past two seasons on their way to the league title, but Canal Winchester now controls its destiny in a league whose other teams — Big Walnut, Franklin Heights, Groveport and Newark — are a combined 7-17.
The Indians led by 20 with four minutes to play before New Albany rallied, only to miss a game-tying, two-point conversion pass with just more than a minute to go.
3. Hilliard Bradley is well on its way to a third consecutive league title.
In one of the biggest games in the OCC-Cardinal to date, the Jaguars outscored Dublin Scioto 32-0 in the third quarter on their way to a 46-17 victory that improved them to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the league.
While the win was big for Division I, Region 3 playoff points for Bradley, Scioto is 4-2 and figures to stay in the race for a Division II, Region 8 postseason berth.
4. Whitehall continued its impressive run with a blowout over previously undefeated Grandview.
In one of the premier games in a deep MSL-Ohio, the Rams pulled away for a 46-13 victory over Grandview.
Whitehall, which has won five in a row and is trying to make the Division II, Region 7 playoffs, is 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Ohio, while the Bobcats dropped to 5-1 and 1-1. Grandview is still in great shape, though, to make the Division VI, Region 23 postseason.
5. In week three of the City League-South Division schedule, Eastmoor Academy established itself as the clear front-runner.
The Warriors followed wins over Columbus South and Walnut Ridge during the first two weeks of league play by blowing out 2017 playoff-qualifier Marion-Franklin 47-0 on Sept. 28.
The City-South’s best player might be Savon Edwards, who rushed for 188 yards to lead a running game that produced 274 yards as Eastmoor improved to 5-1 while Marion-Franklin dropped to 4-2.