Some of the area's top college prospects will be on display when the Westerville South High School football team plays host to Olentangy on Friday, Aug. 28, in the opener for both teams.

Some of the area's top college prospects will be on display when the Westerville South High School football team plays host to Olentangy on Friday, Aug. 28, in the opener for both teams.

Olentangy, which is coming off an OCC-Capital Division title and an appearance in a Division II state semifinal, features several senior standouts, including quarterback Deeb Haber, wide receiver Obi Anunike, offensive lineman Luke Campbell, defensive tackle/fullback Chris Crumb and linebacker Jimmy Elmurr.

Last fall, they helped lead the Braves to a 13-1 season that ended with a 48-13 loss to eventual state champion Cincinnati La Salle.

The Wildcats, now led by first-year coach Kyle Stout after a 6-4 season, have a trio of Division I college recruits in senior left tackle Gunner Vogel, junior wide receiver Marcus Williamson and sophomore slotback Jaelen Gill.

Those players likely will play a large role in the opener, but both coaches agree the team that wins the battle in the trenches is most likely to come out on top.

"Both (Braves) coach (Mark) Solis and I are from northeast Ohio and we've brought a smash-mouth style of football to our programs," Stout said. "We both have some explosive players who are capable of making big plays, but I believe that the team that controls the line of scrimmage and wins the rushing battle will have the best chance of winning the game."

Gill, who is being recruited by several college programs, had 37 catches for 520 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman. He was second-team all-OCC-Cardinal.

Williamson, an Ohio State recruit, had 19 catches for 249 yards and one touchdown and rushed for two scores. He also had five interceptions while earning first-team all-league honors.

Vogel is a Northwestern recruit.

Haber was named first-team all-league and all-district last season, completing 204 of 328 passes for 2,784 yards and 23 touchdowns. Crumb, a Ball State recruit, had 12 sacks, and Elmurr had 22 tackles for loss and three interceptions.

Anunike, a Toledo recruit who caught 51 passes for 606 yards and four touchdowns, may not be able to play against South because he's still recovering from a broken collarbone.

Campbell is a Purdue recruit.

The Braves are brimming with confidence after getting the better of traditional powers Brunswick, Lakewood St. Edward and Pickerington Central during preseason scrimmages.

"Our toughness was built in the weight room and we've been battle-tested in the preseason," Solis said. "Westerville South has some unbelievable athletes such as Williamson and Gill, so we'll be in trouble if we don't tackle well. But that's the reason we scheduled the teams we did for our scrimmages because they have got us ready for this kind of competition.

"The team that is more physical, makes the least amount of mistakes and has the least number of turnovers will have the best shot at walking off the field with a victory."