Another high school football season is under way and Week 1 is in the books. Here is a look at Week 2 matchups for Central and North:

Another high school football season is under way and Week 1 is in the books. Here is a look at Week 2 matchups for Central and North:


Pickerington Central will attempt to get its offense untracked when it plays Cincinnati St. Xavier at noon Sunday, Sept. 4, at Ohio Stadium in the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic.

The Tigers rushed for only 24 yards in their opening 14-0 loss to Cincinnati Moeller in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown on Aug. 27 at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium.

Central coach Jay Sharrett said his offensive line will need to do a better job of creating holes for running backs Addison Clopton and Devone Penick, and he is counting on quarterback Nick Jensen-Clagg to complete enough passes to wide receivers Roger Lewis and Jake Raymond to prevent the Bombers from overcrowding the box.

In a 30-7 win over Springfield in its opener Aug. 27, St. Xavier held the Wildcats to 11 total yards, including minus-29 rushing on 24 carries. The Bombers' defense is led by senior linebacker Nathan Gerbus, a Miami University recruit.

"Moeller has a stout defense, but we need to get our timing down," Sharrett said. "We had three decent drives where we were able to threaten the end zone, but we missed some opportunities. (St. Xavier) has a tough defense, too, and we can't afford to miss any opportunities in games like these."

The Bombers' offense is directed by senior quarterback Griffin Dolle, who was 9-for-15 passing for 142 yards and two touchdowns against Springfield.

Trey Kilgore had four receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown and Evan Ballinger had two catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Leading St. Xavier's rushing attack was senior tailback Conor Hundley, who had 68 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

Central's defense, which features four Division I recruits in lineman Jacoby Boren (Ohio State), linebacker Jake Kincaid (Kent State), free safety Sebastian Smith (Indiana) and Lewis (Ohio State) at cornerback, likely will blitz frequently.

--Aaron Blankenship


Pickerington North will attempt to make it two in a row in its longest-running rivalry Friday, Sept. 2, when it travels to Logan.

The Chieftains are the only opponent that was on the Panthers' schedule in each of their first eight seasons. Logan holds a 6-2 lead in the series, with North's only victories coming in 2004 and last year when it won 24-3.

The Panthers also have an opportunity to begin the season 2-0 after they shocked defending Division III state champion Watterson 38-3 on Aug. 26.

Logan, which went 3-7 last season, lost 35-13 in its opener Aug. 26 at Lancaster.

"They're always a good school to play," Panthers senior two-way lineman Pat Elflein said. "When we beat them last year, I think it's only the second time we've ever beaten them. We've still got a lot of work to do."

Senior Kelly Long is the new quarterback for Logan. Junior Cory McCarty is back after rushing for 566 yards and five touchdowns a year ago for a Chieftains' team that traditionally has taken a run-first approach to its offense. Last season, Logan threw for just five touchdowns and fewer than 1,000 yards, although senior wide receiver Isaac Lindsey returns after finishing with 36 catches for 408 yards and three touchdowns.

Defensively, North limited Watterson to four first-half first downs. Elflein, junior Jake Butt and senior Seth Gamby are part of an experienced defense that spent the offseason looking to improve after giving up an average of 23.3 points.

Offensively against Watterson, North got 89 yards and one touchdown from junior running back Godwin Igwebuike, 50 yards on three catches from junior wide receiver Roland Ladipo and 105 yards passing from quarterback Zach Olszewski.

It was the first game in a North uniform for Igwebuike, who attended Pickerington Central in ninth grade and sat out last year after transferring.

"We have a lot of guys under the radar," Igwebuike said.

Senior linemen Aaron Wolfe, Paul Wesselhoeft and Alex Schneider, senior linebacker Jordan Sharb and senior backs Sean Wotring and Lindsey lead the Logan defense.

--Jarrod Ulrey