The Hartley High School football team is looking to overcome its first loss when it travels Friday to battle the Columbus Crusaders.

The Hartley High School football team is looking to overcome its first loss when it travels Friday to battle the Columbus Crusaders.

The Crusaders are 4-0, defeating Lore City Buckeye Trail 25-12, United Military Academy (Pa.) 31-12, Centennial 39-6 and Western Reserve Academy 29-12.

Hartley is 4-1 overall after losing to undefeated Dayton Dunbar 35-14 last Saturday. The Hawks defeated Centennial 63-6, Columbus Academy 14-10, Bexley 38-21 and Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas 33-14.

Hartley lost to the Crusaders 31-26 last season at home and coach Brad Burchfield said the team will be in for a tough test this week.

"They're a very good football team," Burchfield said. "They're well-coached and their kids play hard. This stretch we're in right now is very important on our season. The Crusaders beat us last year so we're trying to make sure it doesn't happen again."

The Crusaders run an option-based offense out of the shotgun despite being more of a passing team last year. They will be led by quarterback K.C. Rippy and running back Layne Hazlip.

"We need to not give up big plays," Burchfield said. "So far, we've been consistent with that but their offense is a big-play offense. We also can't turn the ball over and give their offense a chance. Their running back is a pounder so we'll have to do a good job against him.

The best way to keep the Crusaders' offense from getting too many big plays is to keep possession of the ball, something the Hawks can do well with running backs Geoffrey Whiteside, Noak Key and Malik McCord.

The Hawks are hoping to learn from the loss to Dunbar.

"Dunbar is a good team; they're one of the best Division II teams in the state," Burchfield said. "We thought it was going to be a great game but we gave up too many big plays for us to be successful. They really hurt us with the passing game.

"We don't address them any different after a loss than a win if the effort is there and it was. We'll use it as a learning experience. Anytime you're disappointed in a result, it's going to challenge the leadership, the seniors and the coaches. It spotlights the leadership of the team and I don't think that it will be questioned."

Hartley led Dunbar 14-7 at halftime on touchdown runs by McCord and Whiteside.

"We'll have to work to improve our pass defense. We'll need to take a hard look at ourselves and see what we need to improve," Burchfield said. "It's two-fold. I don't think we'll see players like Dunbar had the rest of the year. They're a much bigger school than us and I don't think we'll see kids like that again. Schematically, we need to improve on playing well in the air, reading the play and the quarterback. And we will improve."

ĽThe girls soccer team suffered its first loss last Saturday, falling to DeSales1-0. The Hawks were 5-1-5 overall and 1-1-1 in the CCL before playing Ready last Tuesday.

"DeSales was a really athletic and physically imposing team," said coach Keith Scarlett, whose team plays host Saturday to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. "They were tall, quick and had good size all the way across the board. They played╩18 players and never dropped off a bit, so obviously they were pretty deep.

"We were having to╩make adjustments all night and rotate players in to try to counter their superior size and physical presence. When we inserted certain players, it also called for us to change up the way we were playing. It was positive in that it threw a different look at them, but negative in that it also forced us to adjust even more."

The loss put a dent into Hartley's plans of winning a league title and will turn the team's focus toward preparing for the Division II postseason, with games against Mooney and the league-finale Wednesday against visiting Columbus School for Girls.

The tournament draw to determine seeds and brackets will be Sunday.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Hartley boys soccer, boys and girls cross country, field hockey, girls soccer and girls tennis teams:

BOYS SOCCER

*Sept. 9 -- Lost to St. Charles 5-1

*Sept. 16 -- Lost to DeSales 3-0

Sept. 18 -- Defeated East Knox 6-0

Last Saturday -- Def. Grandview 1-0

*Last Tuesday --╩Played Worthington Christian

Saturday --╩At Johnstown

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Ready

Of note: The Hawks were 6-3-1 overall and 1-3 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

CROSS COUNTRY

Sept. 13 -- Boys: Finished fourth (120) behind champion Bexley (40) in Central Ohio Invitational at Three Creeks Park. Morgan Tomson was 11th in 18:29, followed by Eddie Held (19th, 18:46), Conner Callahan (21st, 18:52), Matt Hoelker (32nd, 19:39) and Alex Bloch (37th, 19:48). Girls: Finished fourth (115) behind champion Bexley (74). Taisha Ferguson was sixth in 21:22, followed by Theresa Laughlin (eighth, 21:25), Madeline Smith (16th, 22:37), Joanna Lombardi (37th, 23:38) and Karlenna Lombardi (48th, 24:14).

Last Saturday -- Boys: Finished 11th (317) behind champion Peninsula Woodridge (54) in Bob Reall Invitational at Lancaster. Competing were Held (54th, 19:09), Tomson (60th, 19:17), Callahan (65th, 19:29), Hoelker (68th, 19:36) and Bloch (70th, 19:37). Girls: Finished 14th (376) behind champion Peninsula Woodridge (65). Competing were Smith (51st, 22:32), Laughlin (62nd, 22:50), Christina Sarver (84th, 23:50), Joanna Lombardi (91st, 24:19) and Elizabeth Palmieri (93rd, 24:27).

Last Monday -- Competed against Bexley

Saturday -- At Erin Nance Fall Classic at London Country Club

FIELD HOCKEY

Sept. 11 -- Tied Dublin Coffman at 3

Sept. 15 -- Game vs. Columbus School for Girls postponed. No makeup had been announced before last Tuesday.

Last Saturday -- Def. Oxford Talawanda 5-0

Last Monday --╩Played Lancaster

Last Tuesday --╩Played Thomas Worthington

Today -- At Olentangy Orange

Monday -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto

Wednesday -- At Dublin Jerome

Of note: The Hawks were 1-4-2 before last Monday.

GIRLS SOCCER

*Sept. 9 -- Def. Worthington Christian 6-1

Sept. 11 -- Tied Big Walnut at 3

Sept. 13 -- Tied Grandview at 2

Sept. 18 --╩Def. Jonathan Alder 4-0

*Last Saturday -- Lost to DeSales 1-0

*Last Tuesday --╩Played Ready

Saturday -- Home vs. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney

*Wednesday --╩Home vs. Columbus School for Girls

Of note: The Hawks were 5-1-5 overall and 1-1-1 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

GIRLS TENNIS

*Sept. 9 -- Lost to DeSales 5-0

Sept. 15 --╩Match vs. Centennial postponed

*Sept. 16 -- Lost to Watterson 5-0

Sept. 17 -- Lost to Grove City 5-0

Last Monday -- Played Fisher Catholic

Last Tuesday --╩Played Columbus School for Girls

Last Wednesday --╩Played Westland

*Tuesday --╩Home vs. Worthington Christian

Wednesday --╩At Buckeye Valley

Of note: The Hawks were 5-4 overall before last Tuesday.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

*Sept. 9 -- Lost to Watterson 17-25, 14-25, 26-24, 22-25

*Sept. 11 -- Def. Worthington Christian 25-14, 25-8, 25-8

Sept. 13 -- Def. Cincinnati Roger Bacon 25-20, 25-22, 25-18

*Sept. 16 -- Def. Columbus School for Girls 25-14, 25-18, 25-15

*Sept. 18 --╩Def. DeSales 25-12, 25-13, 25-15

Last Saturday -- Lost to Wooster Triway 25-18, 23-25, 18-25; Def. Salem 25-20, 25-17

*Last Tuesday --╩Played Ready

*Tuesday --╩At Worthington Christian

*Wednesday --╩Home vs. Columbus School for Girls

Of note: The Hawks were 11-3 overall and 3-1 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

*CCL contest