Although his team is 2-0, Westerville Central High School football coach John Magistro believes there is room for improvement.

Although his team is 2-0, Westerville Central High School football coach John Magistro believes there is room for improvement.

The Warhawks will play their first road game of the season Friday, Sept. 11, at Olentangy Orange.

It will be the first meeting between the programs.

"We just have to execute the fundamentals of football," Magistro said. "Sometimes everybody wants to get into all the Xs and Os and all that strategy. For us, we need to go out and just get better fundamentally."

Sparked by senior running back Benny Snell, Central scored 69 points in its first two games. A Kentucky recruit, Snell rushed for 281 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-37 win over New Albany on Sept. 4.

In two games, he has rushed for 459 yards and seven touchdowns.

While the offense has been explosive, the defense will have to improve. The Warhawks have allowed 58 points in two games, and they gave up 446 yards against New Albany.

Magistro said a key to the defensive problems is the loss of senior defensive back Cedric Frierson, who is out for the season with a right ACL injury suffered against Gahanna in the opener Aug. 28.

Orange, which is 0-2, will be playing its home opener. The Pioneers went 1-9 in 2013 and 4-6 last season.

Running back Tyler Lichter had a game-high 89 yards rushing and scored Orange's only touchdown in a 13-7 loss to Watterson on Sept. 4.

Quarterback J.D. Dayhuff was 12-for-19 passing for 123 yards with one interception.

"Offensively, they try to spread you all over the field," Magistro said. "They give you a variety of formations and try to take advantage being that the quarterback can run and they have a couple good running backs. ... They make you adjust."

The Pioneers mainly use a three-player front on defense, but the Warhawks expect them to load the box with linebackers to try to contain Snell.

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