When the Dublin Scioto High School football team travels to Westerville North on Friday for an OCC-Cardinal Division contest, it hopes to avoid the distinction of being the opponent that the Warriors beat to end their losing streak.
North has lost 20 in a row, including 33-7 to Westerville Central last Friday. The victory was Central's first of the season.
Scioto, meanwhile, has lost two in a row after a 31-0 loss to Westerville South last Friday.
Both offenses have struggled to generate points. The Irish are averaging 13.4 points a game, compared to just 9.6 for the Warriors. North has been shut out twice in losses to Dublin Jerome (42-0 on Sept. 17) and Olentangy Orange (35-0 on Sept. 10).
Scioto, which defeated North 34-7 last season, will be focused on eliminating turnovers and penalties and improving its special teams play. South scored on a 24-yard fumble recovery and Olentangy had on a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown in its 42-13 win over the Irish on Sept. 17.
Mistakes also have given Scioto a short field to defend more often than not.
North's veer-option offense might see the return of quarterback Kalen King, who's missed the past two games with a broken hand. Kory Watson and Canaan Poindexter have split time in his absence.
King was the team's top rusher through three games with 230 yards on 41 carries.
A pair of sophomores are leading Scioto's offense in running back William Houston (370 yards, 85 carries, two touchdowns) and quarterback Evan Demars, who's completed 41 of 88 passes for 529 yards with three interceptions and two touchdowns.