Although the Dublin Scioto High School football team has played Marysville every season since 1995, the results were mostly one-sided. Scioto won seven consecutive games and 11 of 13 before last season's 13-10 loss to the Monarchs.

Although the Dublin Scioto High School football team has played Marysville every season since 1995, the results were mostly one-sided. Scioto won seven consecutive games and 11 of 13 before last season's 13-10 loss to the Monarchs.

"Last year's loss doesn't add more fuel to the fire," Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. "The season you're in stokes your fire. For our kids, we have a chance to go 5-2 in the league and to get to .500 on the season. For where we've been at this point in the season, that would be a good way to finish. The motivation is we're at their place, so we know we have to show up and play well."

As the two teams meet for the 15th time Friday at Marysville, the host team ends a season of unexpected results. The Monarchs returned eight starters on offense, but injuries to Luke Fleming (QB), Hayes Chrispin (RB) and throughout the offensive line derailed the season.

Marysville is coming off a 37-7 victory over Westerville North last Friday to improve to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.

"Our kids know North is struggling, but it was a win and a win in the OCC is always good," Marysville coach Jeff Gafford said.

"We know Scioto is a different caliber opponent than what we saw (last) Friday. Our kids know the history of the game and how it's always been a battle. We've been at Scioto the last two years and this is the first time we get Scioto at home. Our kids love to play Scioto."

Marysville's health has returned to its offense and the Monarchs are still led by Nathan Weeks. Last season, Weeks rushed for 115 yards on 27 carries and one touchdown. Through nine games, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound fullback has 905 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 158 attempts.

"It'd be nice if you could play with 12 when you're going up against a good running back like that," Johnson said. "Coach Gafford does a good job finding ways to get him the ball. He's a load to tackle, he has power and speed and we're going to try and get as many guys to the ball as we can. Marysville runs the option, so that limits how many guys can get to the ball. It puts a bind on our defense."

Scioto's offense is coming off its highest output of the season, a 43-28 win over Dublin Jerome. Charlie Suich finished 12-for-20 passing for 143 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 116 yard on 18 carries.

"Their quarterback is really good. He's heady. He's fast. He's tough and he's very accurate," Gafford said. "He can beat you running and beat you throwing. His receivers can go up and take the ball high out of the air and that presents problems for us. We're not tall in the secondary."

Marysville has had injury problems in the secondary, as Jerome quarterback Ryan Gannon was 28-for-42 passing for 474 yards and five touchdowns.

"Charlie had a good game last week against Jerome," Johnson said. "For us to be successful Charlie has to have a good game. We need to get him out in space."

Gafford expects a difficult week of preparation for Scioto's defense.

The Irish changed from a four-man front to a three-man front and that has Gafford concerned. Marysville is a run-heavy team and in nine games, Scioto has allowed an average of 140.1 rushing yards per game for 3.8 yards per carry.

"Usually, we have a good idea from year's past," Gafford said. "This year, we don't have a good feel. None of the film we have applies to what we do on offense."