Both defenses had their struggles in the opening week

Both defenses had their struggles in the opening week, with Orange giving up 416 total yards to Liberty and Groveport giving up 375 first-half yards against Westerville South.

The Pioneers scored 21 points in the first half with a strong running attack, but their secondary will need to rebound after giving up nearly 300 yards passing.

The Cruisers need to work toward offensive consistency.

*Last week: Groveport took a 7-0 lead on a 65-yard run by Swain just 13 seconds into the game, but the Cruisers didn't score again until the fourth quarter.

Orange led 21-6 at halftime without having a penalty or turnover. That changed when the Pioneers fumbled on the second play of the second half at their own 16, leading to a Liberty touchdown. Orange had four turnovers and 40 penalty yards to help the Patriots score 37 second-half points. Forbes led Orange with 79 yards rushing on 13 carries.