GAHANNA, Ohio -- We are more than half way through January and through the high school season. While we've seen upsets, instant classics and plenty of blowouts, the one constant is Gahanna, as the Lions are still unbeaten at 15-0 and could take a huge step toward locking up the OCC-Ohio this week.
The Lions begin a challenging stretch of back half OCC play that will hit a fever pitch on Friday when Gahanna hosts rival Pickerington North. The Panthers gave Gahanna one of its toughest tests all season in a 44-42 road win in December.
If Gahanna can beat North, the Lions will hold a two-plus game lead over the rest of the league and will just need to go unblemished against everyone not named Pickerington Central to win its first OCC title since 2016.
With a loaded top seven in the area, Walnut Ridge, Hilliard Bradley, South, Pickerington Central, Pickerington North and Thomas Worthington trail Gahanna. We'll see many of these top teams challenging one another this week as next week's rankings could look a lot different from what we see today.
Let's take a look at the rest of the area in Division I.
|1||1||Gahanna||15-0||35||@ New Albany (3), vs. #6 Pickerington North (4)|
|2||2||Walnut Ridge||11-2||27||vs. Eastmoor (1), @ Briggs (3), vs. #5 Pickerington Central (5)|
|3||3||Hilliard Bradley||12-1||32||@ Worthington Kilbourne (2), @ Olentangy Berlin, vs. London (2)|
|4||5||South||14-1||24||vs. Africentric (1), @ Marion-Franklin|
|5||7||Pickerington Central||10-4||31||@ Westerville Central (3), vs. Lancaster, vs. #2 Walnut Ridge (5)|
|6||4||Pickerington North||12-4||34||vs. Groveport (1), @ #1 Gahanna (6)|
|7||6||Thomas Worthington||12-3||19||@ Delaware Hayes (2). vs. Dublin Jerome (1), vs. Northland (1)|
|8||8||Westerville South||10-4||22||vs. Reynoldsburg (2), vs. Olentangy Liberty (3)|
|9||9||Newark||12-2||21||@ Lancaster (1), @ Franklin Heights, vs. Whitehall (2)|
|10||10||Dublin Coffman||11-4||12||@ Olentangy Orange (3), @ Westland, vs. Africentric (1)|
Trending Upward: Pickerington Central (+2), Olentangy Liberty, Big Walnut, Watkins Memorial, Westerville North, Whitehall
Steady: Gahanna, Walnut Ridge, Hilliard Bradley, South, Pickerington North, Thomas Worthington, Westerville South, Newark, Dublin Coffman
Remaining unbeaten teams: Gahanna (15-0)
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