Football coaches are normally creatures of habit who rely on a regimented schedule.
The staffs at Westerville Central and Olentangy Orange moved away from that this week heading into their OCC-Buckeye Division contest Thursday, Oct. 17, at Orange.
Both teams are 6-1 overall. Orange is 2-0 in league play and Central is 1-1.
"It's a challenge," Orange coach Zebb Schroeder said. "You have got to make the most of your practices because you lose one."
Central coach Brent Morrison isn't as concerned about the timetable change.
"You just put in a little extra work each day to prepare," he said. "It's not always easy, but you have to get ready."
The Warhawks defeated Westerville North 21-0 on Oct. 11, bouncing back from a 17-7 loss to Olentangy Liberty a week earlier.
"I think the loss to Liberty carried over a little bit, but also this was a rivalry game and North came out jacked up and ready to play," Morrison said. "We had poorly times penalties that cost us in scoring situations."
Quarterback Judah Holtzclaw was 19-for-35 passing for 299 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Luke Swaney had five receptions for 78 yards.
The Warhawks are averaging 43.0 points and surrendering only 6.0 per game. Orange is scoring 27.7 per game and giving up 11.1, but the Pioneers have outscored opponents 144-24 in their last four games.
"Orange plays very sound defense, and they will give you an odd front," Morrison said. "(The Pioneers) play a basic scheme, but they are sound. Offensively, they have the ability to control the clock and they have a couple of big receivers that can go up on the outside."
Quarterback Spencer Hawkins was 13-for-20 passing for 117 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 41 yards and a score on 10 carries as the Pioneers defeated Olentangy 28-14 on Oct. 11. Sam Wyne caught eight passes for 82 yards and one score, and Joey Guagenti and Evan Leist had interceptions.
"I thought our corners -- Joey and Reece (Dunham) and also Josh Laisure -- had great games," Schroeder said. "The key to game-planning with those guys was staying high because Olentangy had taken some shots in the past on post patterns and goal patterns. We felt like our guys could really play a ball if they were playing from depth, so we really wanted them to play deep and play downhill on the ball and that's what they did."