Another high school football season is under way and Week 1 is in the books. Here is a look at Week 2 matchups for Central, North and South:

Another high school football season is under way and Week 1 is in the books. Here is a look at Week 2 matchups for Central, North and South:


New Albany and Westerville Central will look to build on impressive opening-week wins when they meet Friday, Sept. 2, at Central.

New Albany defeated Licking Valley 45-20 and Central beat Big Walnut 27-16 on Aug. 26.

It was the Warhawks' first win over Big Walnut in nine meetings.

New Albany and Central have met four times previously, with the Eagles winning three, including 33-6 last season. Central's lone victory in the series was 34-28 in 2009.

New Albany is looking to extend its regular-season winning streak to 16 games.

"The keys to winning Friday are to execute our plays like we did this past week and keep improving," Eagles senior wide receiver Kevin Collins said. "If we play as a team and focus on us and not our opponent's thing, we shall be fine. We know Central has good athletes, but we also have just as many or even more and our young people keep improving, which is making our team better."

Both New Albany and Central generated plenty of offense in their openers.

Darron Lee replaced Zach Tomi at quarterback for New Albany in the second quarter against Licking Valley and provided a spark, throwing a 62-yard touchdown pass to Adam Bodrick and scoring on a 75-yard run in the fourth quarter.

New Albany ran for 278 yards against Licking Valley. Lee led the way, rushing four times for 89 yards.

Central coach John Magistro realizes his 4-3 base defense will have to deal with New Albany's numerous offensive weapons.

"New Albany is a growing community and they're getting some quality athletes," Magistro said. "It used to be when you played New Albany, they were nice-sized kids and they did things the right away. Now they're getting some nice-sized kids and some athletes to complement them."

Central quarterback Cody Kondas played well in his return after missing more than half of last season with a knee injury.

Kondas, who also played middle linebacker, completed 10 of 16 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

"We're going to build on this and we're going to keep getting better," Kondas said. "We're focusing on New Albany now."

Kondas will direct Central's spread offense against New Albany's 3-5 base defense, which lost four linebackers to graduation.

"New Albany looked real good against Licking Valley," Magistro said. "When you can beat Licking Valley like they did - I know Licking Valley's history and they're always real physical - (you're) a very good football team."

--Frank DiRenna


Westerville North and host Groveport both will be seeking their first win in their matchup Friday, Sept. 2.

North opened with a 21-7 loss to Worthington Kilbourne on Aug. 26. With the Warriors trailing 21-0 in the third quarter, quarterback B.J. Campfield threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Norris Freeman.

The Warriors' offense struggled to sustain drives against Kilbourne, finishing with just 131 total yards - 88 rushing and 43 passing.

The loss was the 26th in a row for North. Its last victory was 21-17 over Westerville Central on Sept. 19, 2008.

Groveport, which finished 6-4 last season, opened with a 47-18 loss to Westerville South on Aug. 26.

Cruisers quarterback Shane Denny, who is being recruited by several Division I colleges, struggled against South's defense. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior and three-year starter completed only 10 of 24 passes for 129 yards.

South's defense limited Groveport to 184 rushing yards on 33 carries. Senior tailback Melvin Smith led the Cruisers with 108 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. He scored on a 1-yard run to put Groveport ahead 6-0 and added a 4-yard touchdown run to pull the Cruisers within 14-12 late in the first quarter.

Groveport turned the ball over three times and had a punt blocked.

The Cruisers, meanwhile, had trouble containing South's offense. Wildcats quarterback Marcus Ball was 11-for-19 passing for 159 yards and three touchdowns, and running back Daxton Cates rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

Last season, Groveport defeated North 29-22. The contest represented the closest loss for the Warriors all season.

--Jordan LaBatte


Last year, Westerville South beat Dublin Coffman 31-21 in the second week of the season.

Then the Wildcats did it again with the teams' seasons on the line, beating the Shamrocks 28-14 in the opening round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs.

When the teams meet Friday, Sept. 2, the host Shamrocks will have to slow another high-powered South attack as they attempt to regain control of the series.

Coffman won 21-19 in a Division I regional semifinal in 2009 and 17-10 in the opening round of playoffs in 2006. The teams did not play from 2002-05.

The Wildcats opened Aug. 26 by beating visiting Groveport 47-18 despite having 17 new starters. Quarterback Marcus Ball was 11-for-19 passing for 159 yards and touchdowns of 12, 14 and 37 yards to wide receiver Gary Brown, who had seven catches for 138 yards. Running back Daxton Cates rushed for 229 yards on 17 carries with touchdowns of 32 and 12 yards.

Coffman took advantage of three miscues by visiting Olentangy Liberty to win its opener 31-27 on Aug. 26. The Shamrocks scored 17 of their 24 points in the third quarter following an interception, a lost fumble and a bad snap on a punt.

Quarterback James Walsh made his first start for Coffman and completed 18 of 30 passes for 220 yards with a 35-yard touchdown to wide receiver Marcus Davis. Walsh also had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs.

Bilal Williamson added a 3-yard scoring run for the Shamrocks and place-kicker Grant Coffman made a 26-yard field goal and four extra points.

Coffman's Tre Scott intercepted Liberty quarterback Joey Longhino in the end zone with 5 seconds remaining to secure the victory.

--Scott Hennen