When he talks about how his team will utilize a roster of more than 80 players in grades 10-12, Pickerington Central football coach Jay Sharrett uses buzz words such as "packages" and "gackles."

The latter of those words refers to the Tigers having numerous players who could play either guard or tackle on the offensive line, while the former describes how players are rotated within different formations.

The bottom line is that Central has options just about everywhere on the field, which is especially helpful when it faces the unknown as it does almost every year at this time.

After opening with a 34-21 victory over Winter Park (Florida) on Aug. 30 in the Atlanta Freedom Bowl in Milton, Georgia, the Tigers will face their second of three consecutive opponents they've never faced before when they travel Friday, Sept. 6, to face Columbus (Indiana) East.

"One of the neat things is that we've got eight different packages," Sharrett said. "We'll play 23, 24 players on offense rotating on the offensive line, wide receiver and running back. The only ones that will not rotate will be the quarterback (Demeatric Crenshaw) and the center (Anthony Lampron). We may rotate eight to nine guys on the offensive line."

While Winter Park went 10-2 last season and is considered a Division I program by the OHSAA, East finished 11-3 last fall and would provide Division II computer points if the Tigers win the matchup.

It marks the third consecutive season that Central's first two opponents are teams it has yet to play.

Juniors Nick Mosley and Sirron Smith split most of the carries at running back in the opener, a game in which the Tigers trailed 13-0 before finding their footing.

Mosley caught a 45-yard touchdown from Crenshaw for the Tigers' first touchdown and finished with 121 yards rushing, including a 26-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Crenshaw sealed the win with a 1-yard touchdown with 1 minute, 40 seconds left, a score set up by a 21-yard run by Smith earlier in the drive.

"Our team is definitely new this year with us losing a lot of starters, but every day we're adjusting to this change and making our team chemistry even better," Smith said. "Our running game is looking new with me and Nick Mosley playing at running back, but we didn't lose many offensive linemen, so with that advantage of experience, it should be a great year for us."

East began its season Aug. 23 with a 40-19 win over Whiteland (Indiana) Community but lost to Columbus (Indiana) North 42-31 on Aug. 30.

The Olympians feature senior Cole Gilley, an Indiana State baseball commit, at quarterback and junior Mark McDonald and senior Lance Greiwe at running back, with senior Dalton Back leading the receiving corps.

In the opening win, Gilley threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, McDonald rushed for 159 yards and two scores on 19 carries, Greiwe added 85 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries and eight receptions for 93 yards and Back had seven receptions for 97 yards and one score.

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