Another high school football season is under way and Week 1 is in the books. Here is a look at the Week 2 matchup for New Albany:

Another high school football season is under way and Week 1 is in the books. Here is a look at the Week 2 matchup for New Albany:


New Albany and Westerville Central will look to build on impressive opening-week wins when they meet on Friday, Sept. 2, at Central.

New Albany defeated Licking Valley 45-20 and Central beat Big Walnut 27-16 on Aug. 26.

It was the Warhawks' first win over Big Walnut in nine meetings.

New Albany and Central have met four times previously, with the Eagles winning three, including 33-6 last season. Central's lone victory in the series was 34-28 in 2009.

New Albany is looking to extend its regular-season winning streak to 16 games.

"The keys to winning Friday are to execute our plays like we did this past week and keep improving," Eagles senior wide receiver Kevin Collins said. "If we play as a team and focus on us and not our opponent's thing, we shall be fine. We know Central has good athletes, but we also have just as many or even more and our young people keep improving, which is making our team better."

Both New Albany and Central generated plenty of offense in their openers.

Darron Lee replaced Zach Tomi at quarterback for New Albany in the second quarter against Licking Valley and provided a spark, throwing a 62-yard touchdown pass to Adam Bodrick and scoring on a 75-yard run in the fourth quarter.

New Albany ran for 278 yards against Licking Valley. Lee led the way, rushing four times for 89 yards.

Central coach John Magistro realizes his 4-3 base defense will have to deal with New Albany's numerous offensive weapons.

"New Albany is a growing community and they're getting some quality athletes," Magistro said. "It used to be when you played New Albany, they were nice-sized kids and they did things the right away. Now they're getting some nice-sized kids and some athletes to complement them."

Central quarterback Cody Kondas played well in his return after missing more than half of last season with a knee injury.

Kondas, who also played middle linebacker, completed 10 of 16 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

"We're going to build on this and we're going to keep getting better," Kondas said. "We're focusing on New Albany now."

Kondas will direct Central's spread offense against New Albany's 3-5 base defense, which lost four linebackers to graduation.

"New Albany looked real good against Licking Valley," Magistro said. "When you can beat Licking Valley like they did - I know Licking Valley's history and they're always real physical - (you're) a very good football team."

--Frank DiRenna