There is much to be learned over the coming weeks, but some things have started to take shape for central Ohio high school football teams.
As was expected, Pickerington Central, Pickerington North, Dublin Coffman and DeSales are among the area teams that are off to 2-0 starts.
Not as predictable is that Thomas Worthington, Licking Valley and Marion-Franklin also won their first two games after enduring losing seasons a year ago.
Here are five things to watch heading into Week 3:
1. How will Pickerington Central fare against its third consecutive out-of-area power?
The Tigers have won by less than a touchdown in both of their victories and likely won’t have an easy time Friday, Sept. 8, when they play host to Trotwood-Madison in a matchup of 2-0 teams.
While Central was a state semifinalist in Division I last season, the Rams were the Division III state runners-up. Trotwood-Madison has combined to score 90 points in its first two games.
2. Bradley and Davidson will try to keep the drama going in Hilliard after the Wildcats’ overtime loss to Hilliard Darby in Week 2.
This matchup appears to be one of contrasting strengths, considering the Jaguars have scored a combined 97 points in two games while the Wildcats have given up only nine this season.
Last season, Bradley got its biggest win in program history when it defeated Davidson 31-28 in Week 3 on its way to making the Division I playoffs for the first time.
The Jaguars are 2-0 while the Wildcats lost to Darby 9-6 in overtime Sept. 1 to fall to 1-1.
3. Mifflin and Harvest Prep both are 2-0 heading into their matchup.
When Harvest Prep’s Week 3 opponent from last season, Zanesville Rosecrans, became an MSL-Cardinal Division foe, it turned to Mifflin to fill its schedule.
The Warriors made it to a Division VII state semifinal last season and could face their toughest opponent to date in the Punchers in a matchup of 2-0 teams.
4. Which coach will pick up his first win at his new school in the matchup between Central Crossing and Grove City?
Community bragging rights are among the things on the line when Grove City visits Central Crossing.
New Dawgs coach Tennyson Varney and new Comets coach Trevor White both are looking for their first win at their respective schools.
5. The matchup between New Albany and Licking Heights could be a playoff preview.
Two teams that figure to be in the thick of the playoff race in Division II, Region 7 will meet when the Hornets play host to the Eagles.
New Albany edged Licking Heights 24-23 in Week 3 last season after losing its first two games and ended up earning a regional runner-up finish, while the Hornets also made the playoffs.
Both teams are coming off blowout losses to 2016 playoff teams.