Think of week 3 of the regular season as a time to search for buried treasure.
Among the teams that look like contenders to advance deep into the playoffs are Pickerington Central, Gahanna Lincoln and Dublin Jerome, but their fans will have to travel far from the city to see their teams compete on September 2.
There’s certainly one gem everyone will have their eyes on when Pickerington North travels to Upper Arlington, but many of the other matchups have more limited appeal.
That said, even a week like this matters because it can help shape the season.
Which teams are showing that their good starts will continue and which programs that have struggled so far still need to work out a few things?
It’s the final week of preparation for the eight-team OCC Capital Division teams to iron out the kinks before their league schedule begins.
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In the event that the City League now returns to the field, we will begin to find out which teams might best survive in the long run after losing four days of practice and a full week of competition while teachers in their district were on strike for the week. two.
Here are 5 to watch heading into week 3 of the regular season:
1. Can Upper Arlington handle Pickerington North’s balanced and experienced attack?
With returnees scattered all over the field on both sides of the ball, North was listed as a top contender in Division I, Region 3 long before the season began.
UA, on the other hand, is the defending regional champion but entered with limited experience.
Not only has North not given up a point during his 2-0 start, he hasn’t committed a turnover, and junior quarterback Landon O’Connell has already thrown six touchdowns to complement a Dawaun-led running game, regular four-year senior. Green.
Not surprisingly, the Golden Bears are also 2-0, but their run-first, ball-control offense has complemented a new defense that is becoming a unit.
North will be UA’s biggest challenge yet.
2. The possible swan song duel between Ready and Watterson should provide an added incentive.
Ready’s expected move to the Central Buckeye League next year means the program has no further ties to the CCL, which should provide some additional excitement when the Silver Knights take on Watterson on September 2 at Worthington Kilbourne.
Watterson, who leads the all-time series 25-1, had just eight first downs and got 84 of his 243 yards of offense on a touchdown run from quarterback Ryan Rudzinski in a 21-0 win over Dublin Scioto on 26 of August.
One stat that stands out in the Eagles’ favor, however, is that they have forced 11 turnovers.
Ready isn’t likely to fall victim to the same issues as the Eagles’ first two opponents, considering he has one of the best running backs in the area in Brian Fitzsimmons and should have the overall size advantage up front.
3. Two early-season surprises will try to build on good starts when Grove City plays Thomas Worthington.
Who knew that a matchup between two teams that went 2-8 last season could make sense at this point in the season?
That’s the situation we find ourselves in with Thomas Worthington hosting Grove City, considering the Cardinals are 2-0 coming off a 38-0 win over Worthington Kilbourne and the Dawgs are 1-1. which includes an overtime victory (35-28 over Dublin Scioto on August 19) and a close loss (7-3 against Hilliard Davidson on August 26).
Thomas quarterback Will Cooper has already thrown for nine touchdowns and more than 750 yards.
Grove City has averaged more than 400 yards of offense, though that includes a game against Davidson in which he failed to score a touchdown despite quarterback Matthew Papas completing 31 of 56 passes.
4. How will the best in town fare against the best in the MSL-Ohio division?
Eastmoor Academy was the only City League program to win a postseason game last year and has the most experience and one of the highest participation figures in the league again this fall. Eastmoor also has a talented running back in senior Marvais Hampton, who had two touchdowns in a 20-14 win over Dayton Chaminade Julienne on Aug. 19, before his Week 2 game was cancelled.
If any city show can hang with Harvest Prep, which will host Eastmoor, it would be this team in a battle of shows dubbed Warriors.
Harvest Prep, which has won two of the last three MSL-Ohio titles, has two of the most impressive wins in the area thus far in a 20-7 victory over Bloom-Carroll on August 19 and a 40-35 win about Hartley. the 26 August.
5. Which winless teams are most likely to break through in Week 3?
Speaking of Hartley, he’s 0-2 for the first time since 2014 and will travel to nearby Winchester Canal on Sept. 2.
Another East Side school looking for its first victory is Groveport, which has been competitive defensively and will play host to Worthington Kilbourne, who is 1-1, on September 2.
Scioto won a playoff game and went 8-4 last season, but he has a new set of leaders and is 0-2 heading into his Sept. 2 matchup at home against record-holding Olentangy Berlin. 1-1 including a triple. loss to Hilliard Bradley on August 19.
All 15 City League programs have played a single match. Some of the teams still winless will get their first wins, considering the plays by Africentric at Mifflin and West at Centennial.
Briggs lost his opener 41-8 to Westland on Aug. 19 and will host Sept. 1 against Franklin Heights, which is 0-2, including a 41-28 loss to Westland on Aug. 26.