Coming off different results in marathon opening-week games, the New Albany and Westerville Central high school football teams now are preparing to resume a series that has featured plenty of excitement of its own.

Coming off different results in marathon opening-week games, the New Albany and Westerville Central high school football teams now are preparing to resume a series that has featured plenty of excitement of its own.

The Eagles and Warhawks are meeting in the second week of the season for the ninth time in 10 years. The only exception was 2007, when they did not play.

Westerville Central defeated Gahanna 28-21 in overtime Aug. 28.

At almost the same time the Warhawks' game was decided, New Albany fell at home to Reynoldsburg, 48-42 in double overtime.

"This is always a stiff test against a quality Division I program," New Albany coach Pat Samanich said. "It'll be a great chance for us to bounce back and see what we're made of. We've been in big games. They've been in a lot of them, too. It's basically a playoff atmosphere."

The Warhawks defeated the Eagles 43-13 last year, an anomaly in a series that is tied at 4-4.

It was the first game in the series decided by more than 14 points since 2010, when New Albany won 33-6, and only the third since the teams' first meeting in 2006.

Central has won three of the past four meetings, the only loss being 57-50 in 2013.

Warhawks running back Benny Snell, a Kentucky commit, rushed for 194 yards and touchdowns of 75 and 44 yards on 17 carries against Gahanna. Quarterback Gavin Lyon scored the winning touchdown on a 12-yard run.

Central wide receiver Cedric Frierson, who scored on a 44-yard reverse in the first quarter and also had a 50-yard kickoff return, sustained a knee injury in the first half and left the game. Warhawks coach John Magistro said Frierson's status for this week is uncertain.

Frierson also helps lead the Warhawks' defense at defensive back, alongside Bryce Cromer and Daniel Kruezer. Daniel Rucker and Snell pace the linebacking corps.

"You can really tell it starts and ends with (Snell)," Samanich said. "They'll work in some nice vertical routes and quick slants, but Snell and Frierson, those are the guys who you must know where they are."

Central will face a New Albany defense that sacked Reynoldsburg quarterback Nathan Barko six times. Linebacker Brandon DeHass had an interception and a fumble recovery.

Other top defensive players for New Albany include linebackers Nick Dewberry and M.J. Jones and defensive backs Sam Blaha and Justin Washington.

Running back Victor White led New Albany with 163 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries against Reynoldsburg. Two of his scores came in a second quarter in which the Eagles outscored the Raiders 26-20, and the third was an 11-yard run that sent the game to a second overtime.

New Albany lost a fumble on the third play of the second overtime, and two plays later Reynoldsburg fullback Nigel Chatman scored the winning touchdown from 8 yards out.

"I'm watching film of them run the same offense they have since the first time we played them," Magistro said. "That three-man (defensive) front is always going to be solid. Last year was an exception. Most of our games have been pretty close. This will be another good test."