It remains to be seen whether the Pickerington High School Central football team’s rematch with Clayton Northmont in a Division I, Region 3 semifinal Friday, Nov. 9, at Evans Stadium in Springfield will be more competitive than last year’s matchup in the first round of the playoffs.
It wouldn’t surprise coach Jay Sharrett, though, if the Thunderbolts put up more of a fight than they did last year when Central dominated its way to a 41-21 victory in Northmont’s return to the postseason after a three-year absence.
“We don’t get everybody’s A game, we get everybody’s A-plus game,” Sharrett said. “We watch (teams) on film and they’ll drop a pass or snap it over the punter’s head, but then they come out and play like the Green Bay Packers against us, guys making one-handed catches, guys cracking field goals on us. If it’s a perfect storm that beats you, you tip your hat to that.”
The Central-Northmont winner plays top-seeded Hilliard Davidson or fourth-seeded Springfield in the regional final Nov. 16 at a site to be announced.
By all accounts, the second-seeded Thunderbolts look improved considering how they pulled away from one of central Ohio’s top defensive teams, seventh-seeded Hilliard Darby, in their 42-20 first-round victory Nov. 2.