The Westerville Central football team will look to avoid a letdown when it plays host to Northland on Friday, Sept. 13, in the first meeting between the programs.

The Warhawks are 2-0 and seeking back-to-back 3-0 starts. After beginning last season 3-0, Central lost six of its final eight games and finished 5-6, losing to Dublin Coffman 27-10 in the first round of the Division I, Region 2 playoffs.

Northland is 0-2 for the second year in a row. It won its final eight games last season, but fell short of qualifying for the Division II, Region 7 playoffs.

"Our kids have done great this season," Central coach Brent Morrison said. "Our coaches have done a great job. We really talk about that we have to focus on our game. We have to focus on ourselves and put ourselves in the best position to win games and do all the things that we've talked about since we started in the weight room in January."

Central has outscored its first two opponents 119-13 after defeating Grove City 56-7 on Sept. 6.

Judah Holtzclaw passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns, Luke Swaney had 175 yards receiving and two scores and Rickey Hyatt rushed for 103 yards and four touchdowns.

The Warhawks amassed 424 total yards to just 50 for Grove City.

"You never play a perfect game," Morrison said. "We've been studying film hard and looking to our next opponent and making sure that we have things prepped and ready."

The Vikings are led by senior Kalil Branham, who has returned to his natural position at wide receiver after playing quarterback last season. He is a Kentucky recruit.

Isaiah Jackson scored on 5-yard run in a 44-7 loss to visiting Whitehall on Sept. 6. Dayzon Busby rushed for 56 yards on 11 carries.

Northland opened with a 49-0 loss to Marysville on Aug. 30. The same night, Central beat Whitehall 63-6.

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