Blake Skuratowicz knows what lies ahead for the Olentangy Orange High School football team.

Blake Skuratowicz knows what lies ahead for the Olentangy Orange High School football team.

The senior linebacker said the Pioneers will need a swarming defense to hold down Westerville Central running back Benny Snell when the teams meet Friday, Sept. 11, at Orange.

Snell, a first-team all-state performer last year, has rushed for 459 yards and seven touchdowns to fuel the Warhawks' 2-0 start. He has verbally committed to Kentucky.

"Going up against a back like Benny Snell, you can't have one guy take him down," Skuratowicz said. "We're going to need 11 guys going to the ball on every play."

The Warhawks will be without senior wide receiver Cedric Frierson, who was lost for the season with a knee injury suffered in a 28-21 overtime win Aug. 28 against Gahanna.

In a 41-37 win over New Albany on Sept. 4, Central trailed 24-7 at halftime but scored 20 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth.

"It's going to be a fun challenge," said Orange coach Zebb Schroeder, whose team is 0-2. "Westerville Central is one of the premier teams in central Ohio and they have one of the premier players in the state. It's good to go up against the best and see where you stack up." The Pioneers had a strong defensive effort in week 2, but lost at Watterson 13-7 on Sept. 4. Skuratowicz had 13 tackles as Orange limited the Eagles to 218 yards, including 167 rushing.

Orange quarterback D.J. Hayhuff was 12-for-19 passing for 123 yards with one interception. Tyler Lichter rushed for 89 yards with an 11-yard touchdown on 16 carries and caught four passes for 29 yards. Matthew Collins had four receptions for 22 yards.

"We're sitting here after two weeks with eight guaranteed weeks of football left," Schroeder said. "We can't sell the farm for one week. We have to keep getting better.

"The guys are learning the game of football. Our focus is devoting time to fundamentals, on football situations, and on becoming better football players and a better football team."