The Centennial High School football team has played Columbus West each of the past three seasons as well as in scrimmages in 2013 and 2014, so coach Donte Goosby believes he knows what to expect when the Stars visit the Cowboys on Friday, Aug. 31.
However, knowing they'll face a double-wing running attack doesn't necessarily make the task easier.
"We've essentially played them five years in a row," Goosby said. "We know them, but I don't know that you can really prepare for an offense like that. (Former coach Mike) Flusche did such a great job running that offense. You can know it inside and out, but we always have a difficult time defending it. It was tough to match their physicality."
Centennial, which lost 64-28 to the Cowboys last season on its way to a 4-6 finish, opened with a 27-0 loss to Grandview on Aug. 24.
West also struggled that night, falling 76-6 at Uniontown Lake in B.J. Queen's first game as coach.
Queen coached at Fairfield Christian and Grove City Christian before guiding Beechcroft to a 5-4 finish last season that included a share of the City League-North Division title.
He took over at West when Flusche stepped down in the offseason. Flusche now is an assistant at Gahanna.
In the Cowboys' opener, Joseph Church returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown for his team's only points.
Freshman Demetrius Harmon, who is a running back, defensive back and a member of West's return teams, also was impressive, according to Queen.
Seniors Jakob Adams and Cameron Scaffol and junior Shawndez Clark are West's main running backs.
"We want to get the ball in Jakob Adams' hands," Queen said. "The toughest thing is that we're out there with 17 kids and we just got worn down. We're young and new. We just need to gain some experience. I bet for at least four or five of our kids it was their first experience in Friday night football."
For the Stars in their opener, Jaylen Gilbert passed for 51 yards and Luchene Davis had 98 yards rushing on 14 carries.
"Grandview has a coaching staff that's second to none, and they have talent and skill guys," Goosby said. "A good deal of our incomplete passes were drops. We got into the red zone twice and just couldn't convert."