As the Westerville South football team embarked on a four-game winning streak to start the season, it adopted a motto of being 0-0 to begin each week.
After losing a key player to a season-ending injury in Week 5, the Wildcats have added a second motto: next man up.
Junior quarterback Peter Pedrozo was lost for the season after breaking his right collarbone on his team's first possession in a 35-14 loss to visiting Reynoldsburg on Sept. 27.
Pedrozo will have surgery Friday, Oct. 4, with six to eight weeks expected for recovery. He also is also a point guard for the boys basketball team.
South will look to get back on track when it plays host to Olentangy on Oct. 4 in the OCC-Buckeye Division opener for both teams.
Junior Brayden White replaced Pedrozo against the Raiders and will assume the starting role.
"Obviously, losing Pete in the first series of the game stinks," coach Matthew Christ said. "It changed the makeup of the game. We really struggled just to move the ball offensively. We're going to rally around Brayden White. After a full week of practice, he'll be much better Friday night. It's a big game."
Last season, Olentangy went 4-1 in the league to share the title with Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy Orange. South finished 1-4.
The game also will have Division II, Region 7 playoff implications. The Wildcats were projected to be fourth this week with Olentangy seventh.
With the shakeup at quarterback, South might rely more on its ground game. Michael Mansaray has rushed for 919 yards and 15 touchdowns on 99 carries.
"The offense shouldn't change," Christ said. "We still have a strong running game. In terms of passing, I think (White) just needs a full week under his belt. He has a strong arm. He can push the ball down the field."
After a scoreless opening quarter, South fell behind Reynoldsburg 12-0 at halftime and 28-0 in the third quarter.
Kaden Saunders returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and White connected with Javi'er Wills on a 14-yard scoring pass.
Mansaray rushed for 96 yards on 14 carries.
"We have a lot of faith in Brayden," senior lineman Patrick Peterson said. "That's what's really good about us because we have depth. I have to get everybody confident this week because it's a big week for us. If we go out and execute, I think we'll be very successful Friday."
Olentangy rallied past New Albany 38-35 on Sept. 27 to improve to 3-2. Hayden Olcott's field goal as time expired capped the Braves' 17-point comeback.
Trent Maddox completed 18 of 33 passes for 223 yards with four touchdowns and one interception, and Jake Coleman had 10 receptions for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
"Olentangy can score a whole lot of points in a hurry," Christ said. "They were down two scores late (against New Albany) and rallied back. Coach (Mark) Solis does a great job with offensive play calling. They run a lot of things. They run it in a lot of different ways, so it will certainly be a challenge for our defense, but we're going to have to take care of the football."
South had five turnovers against Reynoldsburg.