Pickerington Central aims for 3rd state championship in 4 years

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio (WCMH) — Pickerington Central’s football dominance in central Ohio has extended to running the entire state.

The Tigers have won 21 Ohio Capital Conference championships, including 13 of the last 14. But its Pickerington Central’s recent history that’s garnering the Tigers national recognition.

Under Jay Sharrett, Pick Central has won two of the last three Division I state titles. Now, the undefeated Tigers have a chance to win yet another championship when they face St. Xavier on Friday at Fortress Obetz.

“Going in undefeated, playing for a state championship after everything has been sideways, we couldn’t have asked for anything more,” Sharrett said.

The Tigers had plenty of players return from last year’s championship team, but one key position had to be filled — quarterback.

Demeatric Crenshaw led the Tigers to both of their state title wins, giving senior Garner Wallace huge cleats to fill this season. But the Northwestern commit hasn’t missed a beat even though he’s set to play either defensive back or receiver at the next level.

“I was aware of my abilities, and I was just ready to come in and show what I can do,” Wallace said. “I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job.”

And Sharrett, now in his 18th season with Pick Central, has done a pretty good too creating a dynasty in the heart of Ohio. Sharrett has also cultivated major Division I talent such as former Buckeye Davon Hamilton, current Buckeye Ty Hamilton and Notre Dame commit Lorenzo Styles Jr.

“It would mean a lot just to bring that win back to the city and back to that Pickerington Central program,” Styles said. “”I feel like [a win] would really establish a dynasty, so we’re just focused on getting the next win.”

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