No high school football team usually is defined by its performance in Week 1, which is why Dublin Scioto must quickly forget about its loss Aug. 26.

No high school football team usually is defined by its performance in Week 1, which is why Dublin Scioto must quickly forget about its loss Aug. 26.

The Irish allowed nearly 300 yards rushing and produced just five first downs in a 39-10 setback at Hilliard Bradley.

On Friday, Sept. 2, a young defense must deal with a strong opponent in Marion-Franklin, which has won seven consecutive City League-South Division titles and accumulated just as many playoff appearances.

The Red Devils stopped a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to hold off Brookhaven 28-27 in their Aug. 26 opener against former assistant coach Trevor White, who is in his first season coaching the Bearcats.

Marion-Franklin overcame 13 penalties for 142 yards and three turnovers when it defeated Scioto 20-6 a year ago. The Irish managed just 141 total yards.

Both teams have a number of returning starters on offense, including Scioto junior fullback William Houston, who rushed for 67 yards on eight carries against Bradley.

Marion-Franklin quarterback Corry Benson had 70 yards rushing and was 7 of 12 passing with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Darien Williams against Brookhaven.

The Red Devils have a strong offensive line with four returning starters in junior Damon Dillard (6-foot-4, 350 pounds), who was first-team all-district last year in Division II, and seniors Keith Hackworth (6-2, 260), Za'darrick Brooks (6-2, 215) and Raphael Ebhart (5-10, 245).

Scioto's defense had to replace eight starters. Linebacker Matt Strausbaugh (11 tackles) and lineman Joe Monda (10 tackles), both first-year starters, led the unit against Bradley.