St. Charles has won four in a row since its opening loss to Pickerington North.
St. Charles has won four in a row since its opening loss to Pickerington North. Included in that stretch were wins over Eastmoor and Beechcroft, both of which made the playoffs a year ago.
With Sean Fitzmartin and Jonathan Radney leading the way, the Cardinals have had a consistent running game. Ryan Bailey passed for 109 yards and one touchdown and rushed for one score against Rogers.
DeSales has won 35 consecutive games against St. Charles but is off to its worst start since 1968, having lost three of its first four games. The Stallions bounced back against Chillicothe on Sept. 21 and have shown the ability to move the ball with an option led by Alex Perrine and J.T. Blubaugh. Blubaugh did not play against Chillicothe because of a groin injury but could return this week, according to coach Ryan Wiggins.
Among DeSales' biggest issues has been overcoming inexperience on both the offensive and defensive lines.
The contest is the CCL-Silver Division opener for both teams.
•LAST WEEK - Josh Delozier ran for a 60-yard touchdown and Perrine passed for two scores and rushed for one in the rout of Chillicothe.
DeSales finished with 271 total yards and held Chillicothe to 76 in the first meeting between the programs. The Cavaliers fell to 1-4.
St. Charles led the Crusaders 34-0 at halftime en route to its win Sept. 21. Fitzmartin returned the opening kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown and rushed for touchdowns of 55 and 15 yards.
The Cardinals held the Crusaders to 228 total yards, including 85 yards rushing on 34 attempts (2.5-yard average).