November 8, 2011

Lewis leading Central

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When the Pickerington (Ohio) Central football team started 0-2 this season, there were a lot of questions about whether or not Central Ohio's most talent-laden team would even qualify for the playoffs. Fast forward two months and the Tigers are in the midst of an eight-game winning streak as they prepare for their second round match-up with Gahanna Lincoln.

Wide receiver and Ohio State commit Roger Lewis has been a big part of the resurgence and on Saturday night, the athletic pass-catcher struck gold with a 97-yard kickoff return and an 81-yard reception. The scores served as exclamation points on a 55-14 first round win over perennial contender Dublin Coffman.

"I just ran like a deep post," recalled Lewis of his receiving touchdown. "I saw that they had me kind of double covered but they gave me time to get off the line and get across the field. I'm good at using my speed to get across the field and I just made the catch and got to the end zone."

For a team that was seriously on the ropes heading into league play, the turnaround has been a group effort.

"I would say we're doing better working as a team," he said. "It was good to play both of those teams (Moeller and St. X) for our first two games. Those are going to be what late playoff games are like, playing those Cincy teams. I think we might meet up with them again later in the season."

Lewis has continued to improve as the season as went on and down the stretch he has been a lot more big plays for the Central offense.

"I've just been breaking down a lot of film and seeing what my opponents are doing and seeing what I can do to get open on second and third down," he said. "Lately, I've just been studying what other teams are going to do and going from there."

Ohio State is likely going to take at least four wide receivers in the 2012 recruiting cycle, but Lewis doesn't worry about the numbers and is confident he can make an early impact.

"I feel as though I can come in at Ohio State and play," he said. "Even with the other recruits that are coming in and everything, I feel like I can play early and do good things."

Lewis has been to multiple Ohio State games this fall but was not able to make it to the Wisconsin game two weeks ago. Still, Lewis was excited by what he watched on the television.

"I didn't go but I watched it," he said. "I was pretty hyped, all of the doubt around Ohio State is like how it was with my high school team (after the 0-2) start. When I saw (the game winning touchdown) I just thought in my head that that could be me. It got me hyped up to see that they are playing guys early and everything."

Lewis added that he plans on attending Ohio State's next home game against Penn State on November 19th.


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