Bragging rights will be on the line Thursday, Oct. 20, when the Westerville Central High School football team visits Westerville South.

Bragging rights will be on the line Thursday, Oct. 20, when the Westerville Central High School football team visits Westerville South.

The Warhawks are looking to win the season series with rivals South and North for the fourth consecutive year.

Central defeated North 42-6 on Oct. 7 and South earned its first win by beating the Warriors 10-9 on Oct. 14.

"It's not hard to get motivated against North or South," Central coach John Magistro said. "There's a lot of pride at stake and you just don't know about these kind of games. That's why rivalry games are so unpredictable."

South last won the Westerville series in 2012.

The Warhawks also are looking to keep their OCC-Buckeye Division title and postseason hopes alive.

Central improved to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in the league with a 31-14 win over visiting Olentangy Orange on Oct. 14. The Warhawks are tied with Orange for second in the league behind Olentangy Liberty (3-0).

The Warhawks close the regular season against visiting Olentangy on Oct. 28.

Central senior lineman Jack Curran is looking forward to his final game against South.

"They've been our rivals since day one," he said. "We're trying to keep the streak going. It would be four years. We'll definitely be hyped."

Coming off two consecutive wins, Central was projected to be ninth in the Division I, Region 2 computer ratings this week. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Against Orange, Allen Smith ran for a career-high 283 yards and scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Kevin Schneider had a pair of interceptions for Central.

For the season, Smith has rushed for 719 yards and 11 touchdowns on 102 carries.

"Central is coming on a lot now," South coach Kyle Stout said. "It seems like they've found their stride offensively. They're playing good ball now and they're getting stronger as the year goes on. They have some good size and they're physical, so it will be a tough game."

South, which has battled through an injury-riddled season, earned a much-needed win against North. Dominique Long's 45-yard touchdown reception from Trent Burke with 1 minute, 29 seconds remaining gave South the lead.

Burke completed 16 of 29 passes for 204 yards, and Long caught five passes for 105 yards.

Long, a Michigan State recruit, also is looking forward to his final game against a Westerville team.

"It's one of the main goals of the season," Long said of beating North and Central. "It's been a long, tough season, but if we're able to 'rule the 'Ville' that will motivate us even more for the last game."

Magistro said South is an athletic team.

"They have some nice size (and) speed, and that's always a concern," he said. "People who have speed and size, it's a concern. They did a nice job against North."

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