The first time Upper Arlington High School football coach Joel Cutler watched film of this week's opponent, Mason, he felt like he was looking into a time portal.

The first time Upper Arlington High School football coach Joel Cutler watched film of this week's opponent, Mason, he felt like he was looking into a time portal.

"They are a mirror image of us from about five years ago," said Cutler, whose team takes a 1-0 record to Mason on Friday, Sept. 4. "They play a wing-T (offense) with some speed at running back. There is a lot of misdirection and some play-action passing. They are solid up front. They have heavy run tendencies, but that doesn't mean they aren't capable of hurting you through the air."

Although the Golden Bears employ a spread offense, their running game did most of the damage in their season-opening 20-3 win at Dublin Jerome on Aug. 28. Of their 315 total yards, 245 came on the ground.

Running back Danny Logan rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries behind a line comprised of center C.J. Johnson, tackles Ben Furash and Alex Turner, guards Nick Dolan and Slade Morley and tight end Cole Pirwitz.

Logan's touchdown was from 75 yards, and according to Cutler, he had another long run nullified by a holding penalty.

Running back Cole Kaparos scored the winning touchdown on a 7-yard run late in the third quarter. E.J. Caldwell added field goals of 32 and 42 yards, and the defense held Jerome to 206 total yards.

"Our line really got after it and played physical," Cutler said. "I was very happy with our running game. We have found a good rotation with Danny, Cole Kaparos and Nicko Schuman. Danny hit some creases at the right time."

UA will face a Mason team that utilizes a 4-3 defense led by senior linebacker DeAngelo Simons and junior lineman Alex King.

The Comets are coming off a 24-17 win at Springboro in their opener Aug. 28.

Running back Bryson White, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior, ran for a game-high 163 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Quarterback Preston Hutchison, a 6-3, 190-pound junior, ran for a 1-yard score and threw the game-winning touchdown of 23 yards to senior tight end Ben Fago with 8 minutes, 25 seconds left.

Senior kicker Grant Kramer provided insurance with a 29-yard field goal.

While this is the first meeting between UA and Mason, it will be the fifth time in the last six years that the Bears have played a southwest Ohio team in week 2. UA played Springfield in 2010 and 2011 and Cincinnati Elder in 2012 and 2013, going 1-3 in those games.

The only win came against Springfield in the 2011 season, 34-19 in the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic at Ohio State.

UA is assigned to Division I, Region 2, which is comprised largely of Cincinnati- and Dayton-area schools in addition to most of Franklin County.

"(Playing Mason) was part of the reason we scrimmaged Huber Heights Wayne (on Aug. 21)," Cutler said. "We wanted to get a road-trip experience under our belts. Playing Mason prepares us for the competition we are going to see in the OCC. We're going to see a lot of teams who are well-coached and very physical. And it gets us ready for the playoffs since Mason is in the region. We want to see different styles."