The latest installment of the non-league series between the New Albany and Olentangy football teams Friday, Sept. 27, should feature a clash of offensive styles at which both squads are excelling through four games.
The host Eagles have rushed for an average of 368 yards per game in starting 3-1, including 445 yards on the ground in a 41-17 win at Gahanna on Sept. 20 after amassing 458 rushing yards in a 41-14 win at Licking Heights seven days earlier.
Olentangy quarterback Trent Maddox passed for 247 yards Sept. 20 in a 38-16 home loss to Dublin Coffman and is averaging 224.8 yards through the air this season as the Braves are 2-2.
"They run a ton of different formations. They're hard to defend," Eagles coach Bubba Kidwell said. "They move the ball well. (Maddox) is one of the best quarterbacks we'll see all season. They know their system. It's one they've used for years and they're very good at it."
New Albany had three 100-yard rushers at Gahanna, which it outscored 20-0 in the second half.
Mechi McCaulley rushed for 204 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, quarterback Brock Tibbitts added 120 yards and a touchdown on four carries and Reed Hall finished with 28 carries for 114 yards and two scores.
"New Albany will play their wing-T and they're going to want to play in a telephone booth, keep things tight inside," Olentangy coach Mark Solis said. "They're well-coached. This will be a challenge."
Maddox has completed 73 of 106 passes for 899 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. His top receivers have been Jake Coleman (23 catches, 279 yards, 6 TDs) and Jace Middleton (18 catches, 271 yards, 1 TD).
Coleman had the Braves' only touchdown catch against Coffman, from 27 yards in the fourth quarter.
New Albany is 3-2 in the series, which dates to 2012.
"All of our goals are still in front of us -- an (OCC-Buckeye Division) championship, which we've done three of the last five years here, and the playoffs, which we've done five years in a row," Solis said. "There's still a lot to play for and our kids understand that."