The high school football season continues as league races begin to take shape for most area squads. Here is a look at Week 6 matchups for local teams:
The high school football season continues as league races begin to take shape for most area squads. Here is a look at Week 6 matchups for local teams:Central Crossing (0-5, 0-2) at Hilliard Davidson (4-0, 2-0)
Hilliard Davidson coach Brian White realizes his team's schedule hasn't been challenging yet, although there are tests on the horizon.
When the Wildcats play host to Central Crossing on Friday, Sept. 30, and during practices, they will be fine-tuning in preparation of Dublin Coffman on Oct. 14, Upper Arlington on Oct. 21 and Hilliard Darby on Oct. 28.
The Wildcats improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Central Division by beating Thomas Worthington 33-0 on Sept. 23.
Senior Alex Mickley rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. He leads the team in rushing this season with 499 yards and 10 touchdowns on 66 carries.
"We just have to get better in practice," White said. "We're going to be on them harder than we ever have been before in practice. We've been a little bit lackadaisical in practice at times, but we have to hold them more accountable in practice as coaches. They have to understand there's a lot more difficult games on the schedule ahead."
The Comets fell to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the league with a 42-0 loss to Darby on Sept. 23. Central Crossing had only 61 yards and three first downs.
The Comets have been outscored 197-20 this season.
Davidson has outscored opponents 168-14 with two shutouts.
"It's fun being the underdog," Central Crossing coach Chris Harr said. "It lets you know where you stack up. Where do you have to get in order to compete in this league? Where does your offseason have to be if you want to compete against a Davidson?"
Harr knows his team will have to slow Davidson's running game if it plans to be competitive.
"They have tradition," Harr said. "They have one of the best coaches in the state. They are great at what they do. It's old-school. The clock is going to run and you have to find a way to stop it. If you could put 12 guys in the box, you would. They are going to pound the ball. They are very physical. One slight mistake and a 4-yard gain becomes a 15-yard gain (or) a tackle for a loss becomes a 3-yard gain."
Davidson defeated Central Crossing 51-0 last season and leads the series 4-0.Lancaster (2-3, 0-2) at Grove City (2-3, 1-1)
Grove City will look to build on its first OCC-Ohio Division win of the season when it plays host to Lancaster on Friday, Sept. 30.
The Dawgs opened league play with a 20-10 loss at home against Reynoldsburg on Sept. 16 before rebounding to beat host Groveport 24-21 on Sept. 23.
Lancaster is looking to end a three-game losing streak, with its latest setback a 17-0 loss at Gahanna on Sept. 23.
The Golden Gales also were shut out in their league opener, losing 21-0 to Pickerington Central on Sept. 16.
Grove City is looking to avenge a 44-14 loss to Lancaster last year.
"Lancaster and Grove City always have a good matchup and have a rivalry," Grove City coach Matt Jordan said. "We'll be at our place this year, it's our homecoming and we hope to rise up. Everybody will be fired up after they beat us last year. We hope to improve this week in practice and be ready."
Against Groveport, Grove City's Chad Moore and Tyler Conner blocked a 30-yard field-goal attempt by Jake Jones with 3 seconds left to secure the win.
Jordan Fisher scored on runs of 6 and 5 yards to lead the Dawgs offensively.
For the season, Fisher has rushed for 365 yards and six touchdowns on 71 carries.
Senior quarterback Nick Davis, who missed the game against Groveport because of an illness, has completed 53 of 110 passes for 578 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions.
Sophomores Cameron Meece and Paul Saunders filled in for Davis. It's unclear if Davis will start against Lancaster, Jordan said.
Against Gahanna, Lancaster managed only 112 total yards. Russ King rushed for 48 yards on 13 carries. Luke Roberts, who has verbally committed to Ohio State to play linebacker, and Brandon Meadows contributed 25 yards each.
Junior Riley Theiss is the quarterback.
Lancaster is seeking its ninth consecutive winning season under coach Rob Carpenter, who is in his 14th year. Last season, the Gales (5-2) finished second to Central (7-0) in the OCC-Ohio.