The jitters of opening night are now in the rearview mirror for central Ohio high school football teams.
Week 2 has arrived, and with it is a more attractive group of matchups and storylines to sift through.
Here are five things to watch heading into the second week of the regular season:
1. Which team will bounce back when Groveport plays Hamilton Township on Thursday, Aug. 31, at Fortress Obetz?
The Rangers have made the playoffs each of the past three seasons, including a Division III regional runner-up finish a year ago, but got blown out by Granville 52-14 on Aug. 25.
The Cruisers went 6-4 last season but failed to muster much offense in a 27-0 loss to Westerville North on Aug. 25. Standout wide receiver Izayah Aekins missed the opener with an ankle injury suffered during the preseason, but he could be back on the field against Hamilton Township.
2. Olentangy Liberty will have its first test of the season, and it’s a big one.
Coming off a state semifinal run in Division I, the Patriots got a gentle start to their 2017 season by beating Ottawa (Ontario) St. Joseph 49-14 on Aug. 25.
Liberty won’t be able to take it easy Friday, Sept. 1, when it plays host to Huber Heights Wayne in a matchup of projected state powers.
The Warriors, who were Division I state runners-up in both 2014 and 2015 and were the Region 3 runners-up last season, opened Aug. 27 against Gibsonia (Pennsylvania) Pine-Richland in a game televised on ESPN.
3. A pair of 2016 breakout teams will test their mettle when Dublin Jerome plays host to Pickerington North on Sept. 1.
Jerome is coming off a 10-2 season, its greatest in program history, and got out to a solid start with a 41-7 victory over Logan on Aug. 25 despite having new players in numerous key spots.
North bounced back from a pair of non-winning seasons to go 8-4 last fall, and it opened with a 40-7 win over Mississauga (Ontario) Clarkson on Aug. 25.
4. New Albany plays host to Hilliard Bradley on Sept. 1 in another matchup of 2016 playoff teams.
Both the Eagles and Jaguars lost their best offensive player from a year ago to graduation, signifying that each team could need a new formula for success this fall.
New Albany used defense to hold off Reynoldsburg 15-13 on Aug. 24.
Bradley has a new quarterback in Josh Stewart but still managed 503 yards of offense Aug. 25 in a 55-20 win over Findlay, a 2016 Division I playoff qualifier.
5. What can we expect when Dublin Coffman plays host to Dublin Scioto and Hilliard Davidson visits Hilliard Darby on Sept. 1 for matchups involving community rivals?
Coffman is coming off a 45-0 win at Perrysburg on Aug. 25, while Scioto was on the other side of a blowout in a 50-14 loss to Westerville South that same night. The Shamrocks have crushed the Irish each of the past three seasons, outscoring them 132-14.
Davidson beat Grove City 24-0 on Aug. 25 in its typical style, controlling the contest with its ground game and holding the Dawgs to 55 yards of offense.
Darby will try to rebound after giving up 38 consecutive points during its 45-24 loss to Olentangy on Aug. 25.