The Marysville and Westerville Central high school football teams will be looking to rebound Friday when the teams meet at Marysville.

The Monarchs fell to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division with a 24-21 loss to Olentangy.

The Warhawks dropped to 0-5 and 0-2 after losing to Westerville North 21-17.

The Warhawks scored their first offensive points of the season against the Warriors and entered the game being outscored 142-2.

Despite the struggling offense, Central coach Bob Fresch said he has seen some improvement. He held a team meeting after a 41-0 loss to Westerville South on Sept. 12 in hopes of improving morale.

"I told them I wasn't going to talk about anything bad," Fresch said. "I've had to do this in years past. I was going to talk about some of the things that I was happy to see. I talked about the offense showing signs of life. I
know we didn't score points, but we had some sustained drives that came up empty. It was more consistent."

Kyle Stephenson received his first start at quarterback against South and displayed glimpses of promise, according to Fresch. Tailback TaQwaun Council was expected to return to the lineup last Friday after missing the
South game because of disciplinary reasons. Running back Brandon Walls also missed the South game with a concussion sustained in practice.

Marysville's consistency issues rely not on offense personnel, but that personnel scoring points in both halves. The Monarchs failed to do so in the season's first loss at Liberty 28-21 on Sept. 12.

"We did some good things in that game," coach Jeff Gafford said. "Anytime you don't score in a half, your percentage of success goes way down."

Through four games, Nathan Weeks led the offense with 347 yards rushing on 55 carries with five touchdowns. Against Liberty, he finished with 85 yards on 13 carries after receiving two carries for four yards in the first half.

"He was our starting left tackle last year on offense," Gafford said. "He was a kid in our first-year program who was a great, young sophomore prospect. I told him if he was to get on the field as a sophomore, it would be at left tackle. He said he'd play tackle even though he wanted to play somewhere else. He worked very hard to get into position to play fullback this year."