Hartley High School football coach Brad Burchfield knew his team would be getting a stiff test in week 2 of the 2015 regular season when, in spring 2014, he contracted to play Toledo Central Catholic.

Hartley High School football coach Brad Burchfield knew his team would be getting a stiff test in week 2 of the 2015 regular season when, in spring 2014, he contracted to play Toledo Central Catholic.

The Hawks should get everything they bargained for when they play host to the defending Division III state champion Fighting Irish at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4.

Central Catholic, which also won the Division II state title in 2012 before a regional runner-up finish in Division II in 2013, featured one of the state's most prolific rushing attacks while winning last year's title.

Senior Tre'Von Wade (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) and junior Michael Warren (5-10, 200) both are back to lead the ground game.

Last season, Warren rushed for 2,249 yards and 29 touchdowns and Wade rushed for 1,838 yards and 28 scores as the Fighting Irish went 13-2 and averaged 42.5 points.

"We're going to be tested against Toledo Central Catholic's fierce running attack," Burchfield said. "They had an opening and we had an opening, and we thought it would be a good ballgame."

Warren and Wade, who have committed to Eastern Michigan and Kentucky, respectively, lead a large group of experienced key players.

Junior two-way lineman James Hudson (6-5, 280) also will play for Kentucky and senior linebacker Zach Sandwisch (6-2, 200) has committed to West Virginia.

The Fighting Irish opened Aug. 29 by losing 35-23 to 2014 Division IV state champion Cleveland Benedictine, which now competes in Division III.

Hartley began its season Aug. 28 at home by winning 77-0 over the Reigning Sports Academy Thunder, a first-year varsity club team from Columbus that is not a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

The Hawks will defend Central Catholic with a unit that returns Sean Gilmore on the line, Quri Hickman and Cody Kirkbride at linebacker and Rian Anderson, Cam'Ron Culver and Richard Jones III in the secondary.

Hickman rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns as the Hawks led 42-0 in the first quarter against Reigning Sports Academy.

"I love our athleticism and I'm really excited about our depth (on defense)," Burchfield said.