Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy Orange both lost their openers, but Liberty might know more about its team as the squads prepare for a Friday, Sept. 2, matchup at Orange.

Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy Orange both lost their openers, but Liberty might know more about its team as the squads prepare for a Friday, Sept. 2, matchup at Orange.

Liberty lost 31-27 at Dublin Coffman when first-year starting quarterback Joey Longhino threw an interception in the end zone from the Shamrocks' 28-yard line with 5 seconds remaining. Orange lost 27-21 at Olentangy but was missing key players to injury and complications from muscle cramps.

Last season, host Liberty beat Orange 29-14 in the first meeting between the teams.

Liberty surrendered 24 points to Coffman in the third quarter, 17 of which followed an interception, a lost fumble and a bad snap on a punt.

Longhino completed 28 of 40 passes for 246 yards with three touchdowns. He connected with A.J. Motika for a 39-yard score in the first quarter before hitting Carter Rudek (3 yards) in the second and Bryson Wray (8 yards) in the fourth. Myles Robinson scored on a 1-yard run with 4:31 to play to cut the Patriots' deficit to four points.

Against the Braves, Orange running back Brandon Schoen rushed for touchdowns of 27 and 18 yards in the first half while gaining 85 yards in nine carries. He also had an interception, but cramping problems limited him to three plays in the second half, all on defense.

The Pioneers also were without quarterback Kofi Hill, who suffered an ankle injury in the team's final scrimmage. Coach Brian Cross is unsure when Hill will return.

Daniel Bull filled in despite limited preseason snaps and was 2-of-10 for 26 yards and an interception.

Luke Wolford had a 44-yard punt return for a touchdown with 1:16 left in the second quarter against Olentangy. It was the Pioneers' last score.