While school officials focus on the logistics - and the pageantry - of the Whitehall-Yearling football team playing its first game in a newly renovated stadium, coach Rod Lightfoot would rather focus on preparing for Dublin Scioto.
The Rams play host to the Irish on Friday, Sept. 13, in the first meeting between the programs.
"(The renovated stadium is) something that our kids are appreciative with the community making that happen, but we're focusing on Dublin Scioto and trying to keep the distractions at a minimum this week with the unveiling of the new (turf) field," Lightfoot said. "The field should help our speed, but they're going to have speed, too, on that turf. It balances out."
Scioto is 0-2 after losing at New Albany 28-24 on Sept. 6, while Whitehall rebounded from a 63-6 loss at Westerville Central on Aug. 30 to defeat host Northland 44-7 on Sept. 6.
Ni'Kai Cameron led the Rams, passing for 245 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 83 yards on 10 carries.
Christian Gordon, who had four catches for 76 yards and two scores, caught the attention of Scioto coach Karl Johnson on film.
"He's fast (and) athletic," Johnson said. "They look very solid. We have to do a great job on special teams and we have to take care of the football. (The) defense has to do a great job tackling."
LaVon Williams added three catches for 75 yards and two scores for the Rams.
Lightfoot said he was impressed with the play of freshman Jarell Hazziez, who made his first start at center.
Scioto led New Albany 24-14 heading into the final quarter, but couldn't stop the Eagles from rallying.
"We're close, but we just have to be able to finish," Johnson said. "Our mistakes are hurting us. We're close, but close doesn't get you any (postseason) computer points."
Pete Hrelec rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries to lead the Irish.
Ibby Abumallouh again filled in for Chad Ray at quarterback and passed for 54 yards. Johnson said Ray remains questionable for Week 3 as he rehabs a leg injury.
Johnson also said wide receiver Tobias Thomas is getting closer to making his first appearance. Thomas transferred to Ridge Community in Lakeland, Florida, over the summer but re-enrolled at Scioto before the school year.
"Scioto is going to be really hungry," Lightfoot said. "Coach Johnson is going to have those guys ready to go. They have tremendous size up front on both sides of the ball and their skilled guys are top-echelon guys, so we're going to have our hands full."