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

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


Last year, Westerville South beat Dublin Coffman 31-21 in the second week of the season.

Then the Wildcats did it again with the teams' seasons on the line, beating the Shamrocks 28-14 in the opening round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs.

When the teams meet Friday, Sept. 2, the host Shamrocks will have to slow another high-powered South attack as they attempt to regain control of the series.

Coffman won 21-19 in a Division I regional semifinal in 2009 and 17-10 in the opening round of playoffs in 2006. The teams did not play from 2002-05.

The Wildcats opened Aug. 26 by beating visiting Groveport 47-18 despite having 17 new starters. Quarterback Marcus Ball was 11-for-19 passing for 159 yards and touchdowns of 12, 14 and 37 yards to wide receiver Gary Brown, who had seven catches for 138 yards. Running back Daxton Cates rushed for 229 yards on 17 carries with touchdowns of 32 and 12 yards.

Coffman took advantage of three miscues by visiting Olentangy Liberty to win its opener 31-27 on Aug. 26. The Shamrocks scored 17 of their 24 points in the third quarter following an interception, a lost fumble and a bad snap on a punt.

Quarterback James Walsh made his first start for Coffman and completed 18 of 30 passes for 220 yards with a 35-yard touchdown to wide receiver Marcus Davis. Walsh also had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs.

Bilal Williamson added a 3-yard scoring run for the Shamrocks and place-kicker Grant Coffman made a 26-yard field goal and four extra points.

Coffman's Tre Scott intercepted Liberty quarterback Joey Longhino in the end zone with 5 seconds remaining to secure the victory.

--Scott Hennen


No high school football team usually is defined by its performance in Week 1, which is why Dublin Scioto must quickly forget about its loss Aug. 26.

The Irish allowed nearly 300 yards rushing and produced just five first downs in a 39-10 setback at Hilliard Bradley.

On Friday, Sept. 2, a young defense must deal with a strong opponent in Marion-Franklin, which has won seven consecutive City League-South Division titles and accumulated just as many playoff appearances.

The Red Devils stopped a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to hold off Brookhaven 28-27 in their Aug. 26 opener against former assistant coach Trevor White, who is in his first season coaching the Bearcats.

Marion-Franklin overcame 13 penalties for 142 yards and three turnovers when it defeated Scioto 20-6 a year ago. The Irish managed just 141 total yards.

Both teams have a number of returning starters on offense, including Scioto junior fullback William Houston, who rushed for 67 yards on eight carries against Bradley.

Marion-Franklin quarterback Corry Benson had 70 yards rushing and was 7 of 12 passing with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Darien Williams against Brookhaven.

The Red Devils have a strong offensive line with four returning starters in junior Damon Dillard (6-foot-4, 350 pounds), who was first-team all-district last year in Division II, and seniors Keith Hackworth (6-2, 260), Za'darrick Brooks (6-2, 215) and Raphael Ebhart (5-10, 245).

Scioto's defense had to replace eight starters. Linebacker Matt Strausbaugh (11 tackles) and lineman Joe Monda (10 tackles), both first-year starters, led the unit against Bradley.

--Scott Gerfen


It's no secret that Hilliard Darby will run the ball early and often when the Panthers play host to Dublin Jerome on Friday, Sept. 2.

But Darby coach John Santagata said his spread offense will try to keep the Celtics' 4-4 defense guessing by running toward it on some plays and running away from it on others.

The Panthers had great success with that formula during their 41-12 opening win at Whetstone on Aug. 26, amassing 332 yards rushing on 40 carries.

Seven players contributed to that total, including Caleb Day (94 yards and three touchdowns on five carries), Cameron Kohl (77 yards on seven carries), Hayden Van Kirk (56 yards and one touchdown on six carries), Chase Longwell (48 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries) and Dante Talley (44 yards and one touchdown on six carries).

Jerome's defense is looking to bounce back after struggling in a 31-14 loss to Reynoldsburg on Aug. 26.

The Celtics' offense hit three big plays against Reynoldsburg's defense, including a 76-yard touchdown run by Donovan Wilson and a 75-yard touchdown pass from Iowa recruit Cameron Wilson to quarterback Joe Bano.

But Jerome is seeking more consistent play from its running and passing games against Darby's 50 shade defense.

Against Whetstone, linebacker Jevaughan White had 10 tackles and Kohl had nine to lead the Panthers' defense.

"Jerome's offense lines up in a lot of different formations. They're balanced and they distribute the ball in a variety of ways," Santagata said. "They have a good passing game, but our first goal is to stop the run."

--Aaron Blankenship