Brookhaven takes to the road for the second consecutive week Friday, Sept. 2, when it faces DeSales.

Brookhaven takes to the road for the second consecutive week Friday, Sept. 2, when it faces DeSales.

When asked about the first matchup between the programs in more than a decade, members of the Bearcats' coaching staff laughed about the mode of transportation to the game.

"The question is, are we going to walk or are we going to ride the bus across the street?" Brookhaven coach Trevor White said.

The schools, which are separated geographically by less than half a mile, last met in a Division II, Region 7 semifinal in 2000 at Westerville North.

With Brookhaven trailing by three points with 1 minute, 16 seconds remaining, Bearcats running back and future Ohio State player Maurice Hall, who rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns, was intercepted on a halfback-option pass at the DeSales 1. The Stallions won 28-25.

Both teams will be looking for their first victory of the season. Brookhaven lost to Marion-Franklin 28-27 in its opener Aug. 26. That same night, DeSales lost to Gahanna 31-14.

Among the questions Brookhaven must answer is how it will handle a Stallions' offense that features Ohio State recruit Warren Ball at running back. Against Gahanna, Ball was limited to 23 yards on 12 rushes and DeSales was held to 197 total yards.

Senior linemen Sevon Banks and Jesse Curry and senior linebacker Toby Rushing are among those on the Bearcats' defense looking for similar success against the Stallions.

Senior Tajuan Green is at quarterback for Brookhaven.

Despite having seniors such as backs Jalen Noble and Tim Doone, lineman Alex Washington and linebacker Joe Lyberger returning on its defense, DeSales allowed 380 total yards against Gahanna.