Two teams that have endured a difficult loss this season will meet Friday, Oct. 2, when the Reynoldsburg High School football team visits Gahanna.

Two teams that have endured a difficult loss this season will meet Friday, Oct. 2, when the Reynoldsburg High School football team visits Gahanna.

While the Lions have recovered from a 28-21 overtime loss to Westerville Central on Aug. 28 to win four in a row, the Raiders' resolve will be tested in a new way after they couldn't hang on to an 11-point lead and lost 29-21 on Sept. 25 at Pickerington Central.

Reynoldsburg is 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division.

Gahanna beat Newark 45-7 on Sept. 25 and is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the league.

"When it was winning time, we didn't make the winning plays," Raiders coach Buddy White said. "We've got five more (regular-season games) and we can't let this (loss to Central) cause us to lose the next one."

Senior running back Cameron Young rushed for 238 yards and one touchdown, helping the Raiders build a 21-10 lead against the Tigers.

Central's Devon McMillin made a 52-yard field goal with 2 minutes, 20 seconds left to give the Tigers a 22-21 lead.

On the third play of Reynoldsburg's ensuing drive, quarterback Nathan Barko was hit by Kieren Douglas and Drew Hawley, and Scott Pierce picked up the loose ball and ran 8 yards into the end zone to make it 29-21.

The Raiders' offense could face its toughest task to date against a Gahanna defensive front seven that features senior linemen Jonathon Cooper and Austin Torr, junior linebacker Cael Baker and senior linebacker Derek Marcum. Senior defensive back Jake Chobany has been another standout.

"That's kind of been our thing, that we've had a stellar front seven," Lions coach Bruce Ward said. "Groveport's been averaging 300 yards and we only gave them 60 (in a 30-3 win Sept. 18)."

Gahanna's offense took a step forward against Newark as senior quarterback Mason Blancett completed 14 of 20 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns. Chobany had six catches for 179 yards and two scores.

They'll be tested by a Reynoldsburg defense led by senior lineman Mark Gooden, a Northwestern recruit who had four tackles for loss against Central.

"Just looking at some film of Reynoldsburg, they're better," Ward said. "Everyone in our division has got athletes."