Westerville South High School football coach Matthew Christ is using the start of OCC-Buckeye Division play as a fresh start for his team.
The Wildcats open league play Friday, Sept. 28, at Olentangy, looking to rebound from a 28-0 loss at Reynoldsburg on Sept. 21.
"I hope we take a deep breath and hopefully learn from some of our struggles in the first half of the year," said Christ, whose team is 2-3. "Hopefully we take some of the quality things we did and get ready to play the next five weeks against familiar opponents. It seems like a pretty level playing field from watching scores and seeing some guys on film."
Olentangy dropped to 1-4 with a 30-18 loss to New Albany on Sept. 21. The Braves defeated Holland Springfield 53-33 on Sept. 7.
South managed just 83 total yards against Reynoldsburg.
"In terms of effort, I thought our kids played really hard," Christ said. "I thought defensively we played fairly well in the first half. We had a lot of self-inflicted stuff in terms of mental mistakes. You can't do that against quality teams."
Quarterback Jason Penn has completed 47 of 85 passes for 556 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has rushed for 246 yards and three scores on 75 carries.
Ta'Veon Falls has rushed for 321 yards and one touchdown on 65 carries, Jaylen Norwood has 18 catches for 235 yards and one score and Manny Sunnyway has 17 receptions for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
The Braves were held to four yards rushing but received a solid effort from quarterback Connor Haag against New Albany, as he passed for 382 yards and three touchdowns. Caden Kaiser caught 10 passes for 178 yards two touchdowns, and Luke Riedel had eight receptions for 104 yards and one score.
"They do a lot of things on offense that you have to be prepared for," Christ said. "Defensively, they do a good job running to the football, so we're going to have a great week of preparation, put together four quarters, clean up our mental mistakes and control the things that we can control."