Another high school football season is under way and Week 1 is in the books.
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 Crossing and Grove City:
CANAL WINCHESTER (1-0) at GROVE CITY (0-1)
Canal Winchester will try to build on its season-opening victory when it travels to Grove City on Friday, Sept. 2. The Dawgs, meanwhile, hope to rebound from their opening loss.
The Indians defeated visiting St. Charles 12-7 on Aug. 26. That same night, Grove City lost to host Hilliard Davidson 28-7.
For Canal Winchester, senior Alex Fox is emerging as a dual threat in his first season starting at quarterback.
Against St. Charles, Fox was 15-for-25 passing for 174 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown to senior wide receiver Royce Calloway. Fox also rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 11 attempts while guiding the Indians' spread offense, which didn't turn the ball over.
The Indians will look to take advantage of a Grove City defensive unit that gave up 306 yards and allowed Davidson to possess the ball for 35 minutes, 47 seconds.
The Dawgs' defense was led by Ryan Barbari, who intercepted a pass and returned the ball 72 yards to set up his team's only score against the Wildcats.
Grove City produced only 33 total yards against Davidson.
Senior quarterback Nick Davis, senior running back Jordan Fisher, senior wide receiver Joey Scott and junior wide receiver Devonta Thomas are the leading skill position players for the Dawgs' multiple-scheme offense. Senior running back Connor Lucas scored on a 1-yard run against Davidson.
The Indians have switched from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-5 odd-stack defensive front to take advantage of their athleticism at the linebacker positions, and the move paid dividends in their opener, as they forced three turnovers.
Canal Winchester's defense features five second-year starters in seniors Britain Coldren (LB), Thomas Dexter (DL), Brennen Moore (DL) and Jesse Osborne (LB) and junior Deontaye Cosby (LB).
The Indians beat Grove City 38-14 last season.
CENTRAL CROSSING (0-1) at RAYLAND BUCKEYE LOCAL (1-0)
After finishing last season 2-8 and losing its opener against visiting Mifflin 46-10 on Aug. 26, Central Crossing looks to rebound at Rayland Buckeye Local on Friday, Sept 2.
The Comets' offense struggled against the Punchers, gaining 59 yards rushing and four yards passing while committing four turnovers. Senior quarterback Dylan Simpson completed one of 10 passes and threw three interceptions, and sophomore running back Tre Whitehead ran for five yards on 13 attempts and lost a fumble.
Backup quarterback Luke Duncan, a sophomore, scored the Comets' lone touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
"We just didn't execute in the game," coach Chris Harr said. "There were a lot of little mistakes like blocking the wrong guy or lining up too deep or too shallow. When I saw the film, I saw those kinds of mistakes and not the ones that cannot be fixed."
Buckeye Local defeated visiting Utica 33-16 in its opener Aug. 27. Rayland is in eastern Ohio, along the Ohio River.
"Buckeye Local is a team with a tradition. They are a small-town team with a small-town feel where everyone goes to the game," Harr said.
"We need to execute on offense and fix the little things and we can win. Their offense runs mostly through their running back. He's their main weapon."