Westerville South High School football coach Kyle Stout isn't sure how much Jaelen Gill will play when the Wildcats visit Canal Winchester on Friday, Sept. 18, for the OCC-Cardinal Division opener.

Westerville South High School football coach Kyle Stout isn't sure how much Jaelen Gill will play when the Wildcats visit Canal Winchester on Friday, Sept. 18, for the OCC-Cardinal Division opener.

The sophomore running back was limited to 10 carries Sept. 11 at Grove City because of a lower-body injury, although he still managed to run for 143 yards and a touchdown to help lead the Wildcats to a 28-24 victory.

Regardless of how many snaps Gill is able to play, Stout said he's confident his pistol offense will be able to move the ball behind quarterback Brian Jennings, running back Daylan Haynie and wide receiver Jordan Humphrey.

Against Grove City, Jennings was 7-for-13 passing for 89 yards, including touchdowns of 22 and 21 yards to Humphrey, who had six catches for 83 yards. Haynie added a 6-yard scoring run.

"Jaelen's a special athlete who is capable of breaking a big play at any point in a game, so we're going to try to play him as much as we can while doing everything we can to keep him healthy," said Stout, whose team is 1-2. "But when Jaelen isn't in the game, we feel good about having Daylan Haynie at running back and we're confident in our passing game as well."

The Indians will be trying to break a 12-game losing streak after falling to DeSales 27-22 on Sept. 11 to drop to 0-3.

Canal Winchester needs to shore up its run defense after giving up 381 yards on 57 carries against DeSales.

The Indians' spread offense had its best performance of the season, producing 187 yards with no turnovers. Running back Nick Tiell rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, and quarterback Trevor Harrison-Rawn ran for 21 yards and a score on nine carries.

South's defense gave up 229 yards against Grove City but had three interceptions, including one that cornerback Marcus Williamson returned 21 yards to set up a touchdown.

"It seems like Canal Winchester has a lot of size on both sides of the ball and they have a quarterback who likes to pull it and run," Stout said. "Their running back is shifty, too, so we've got to be ready to continue to make strides defensively."