With the weather finally feeling like fall Oct. 4, the excitement that tends to take place later in every football season followed suit.
Three of the teams from the Olentangy school district, including Olentangy with its 23-20 victory over Westerville South in OCC-Buckeye Division play, pulled out close wins in league games.
The CCL had its opening night, and as usual, the DeSales-Watterson matchup didn’t disappoint.
There also was a ground-breaking victory in the City League-North.
Here are five things we learned in Week 6:
1. The wins keep getting bigger for Olentangy Berlin.
After going 1-9 in its inaugural season last fall, the Bears opened with a 51-0 win Aug. 30 over Briggs before losing their next two.
They’ve since opened OCC-Cardinal action with three consecutive wins, with the latest being a 16-12 decision over perennial playoff contender Hilliard Darby.
Berlin quarterback Jacob Moeller threw for 243 yards, including a 25-yard score to Corey Hill in the third quarter as their team took a 13-12 lead.
The second-year team is now officially in the Division II, Region 7 playoff hunt.
2. DeSales and Hartley opened the CCL with victories.
The CCL has looked much stronger from top to bottom than a year ago, so the opening night of league play Oct. 4 brought some important results.
DeSales is on a four-game winning streak after beating Watterson 20-16. Quintell Quinn ran for 161 yards and one touchdown, Jaylen Ball had 76 yards and one score and the defense intercepted three second-half passes.
Hartley had little trouble against St. Charles, winning 30-7 as quarterback Miles Fleming rushed for 154 yards and running back Jalan January had 105 yards and two scores.
The other league games will be held in Weeks 8 and 10.
3. Centennial beat Beechcroft in a key City-North game.
After four consecutive blowout victories, Centennial faced one of its longtime nemeses in Beechcroft.
During a 28-7 victory, running back Luchene Davis rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and quarterback Jaylen Gilbert ran for two scores after missing the past four games with an injury.
The Stars had lost to the Cougars in each of the previous 22 meetings.
4. It was another big win for Olentangy Liberty.
With senior Jackson Roberts starting a second consecutive week at quarterback because of an injury, the Patriots took down a third undefeated team in a row when they beat Westerville Central 17-7.
The game’s biggest play was a 15-yard fumble return for a score by Kaden Tong as Liberty improved to 6-0.
5. Pickerington North handed a third team its only loss of the season.
All of the teams the Panthers have beaten during their 3-3 start are 5-1, including Reynoldsburg 21-16 in Week 6.
Chris Scott is one of the area’s top wide receivers, but his biggest play against the Raiders took place when he returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown.
The win keeps North squarely in the middle of the Division I, Region 3 playoff race even though it got out to a 1-3 start.