There won't be a league title or a playoff berth on the line, but Westerville North still has plenty at stake when it visits Olentangy in the season finale Friday, Oct. 28.

There won't be a league title or a playoff berth on the line, but Westerville North still has plenty at stake when it visits Olentangy in the season finale Friday, Oct. 28.

The Warriors are trying to snap a 34-game losing streak and avoid a winless season. They are 0-9 overall and 0-6 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.

Closing the season with a win "would be huge," coach Mike Owens said. "Not only would it be great for our seniors, who have truly invested themselves in our program, but for our younger players as well. It would be a nice springboard into next year."

North lost to Olentangy 44-12 last year and has not beaten the Braves since joining the OCC-Cardinal in 2008. Next year, the teams will be in different divisions with North remaining in the OCC-Cardinal and the Braves moving to the OCC-Capital.

North's last win was Sept. 19, 2008, a 21-17 victory over Westerville Central.

Olentangy coach Ed Terwilliger said his team, which is 4-5 and 3-3, better not overlook the Warriors.

"Once we start banging on Friday you better be prepared. Nothing comes easy in this league," Terwilliger said. "I guarantee they will be ready and it will be a dogfight."

Terwilliger said his team needs to sustain long drives and avoid giving up big plays. The Braves struggled with both in a 42-20 loss to Westerville South on Oct. 21, as the Wildcats scored four touchdowns of 35 yards or more.

Terwilliger also said he was concerned about the Warriors' spread offense, which is led by senior quarterback B.J. Campfield and senior running back Kory Watson.

In a 30-7 loss to Marysville on Oct. 21, Campfield had 82 yards rushing on 14 carries and Watson had 75 yards on 11 carries. North dominated the first-half time of possession, but all its drives stalled or resulted in a turnover.

"It will be a battle," Terwilliger said. "They spread the field, which is obviously a good thing to do against us. Their quarterback is really good. They do a nice job of designing plays for him to keep the ball."

Owens is concerned about Olentangy's size and running game dictating the tempo. The Braves use rotating running backs led by Ohio State recruit Joshua Perry, Derrick Rodgers and Matt Winings.

"They are very similar to Marysville as far as having powerful backs and an offensive line," Owens said. "Defensively, they do a very good job up front and with their linebackers. It's a solid, well coached football team."

-Paul Batterson