The Olentangy Liberty High School football team debuted its revamped offense with a preview for future opponents: It has plenty of weapons.
With 459 yards of offense, the Patriots scored 19 points in the second half Aug. 30, to wear down visiting Olentangy Orange 25-7.
Liberty, armed with a big front, including Cincinnati recruit Luke Callahan, rushed for 341 yards in a ground attack led by junior Nick Durtschi (eight carries, 185 yards, 2 touchdowns) and senior Daryian Davies (18 carries, 110 yards, a touchdown).
"We've got a great offensive line, and I think our running game is going to be one of the best assets we'll have this year," said Durtschi, who scored on runs of 14 and 61 yards. "We've got an offense that's going to be very dangerous."
A young Orange team, which has a number of two-way players, took an early lead when Alex Menzo broke free for a 68-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the first quarter. The senior finished with 88 yards rushing on nine carries.
Orange quarterback C.J. Stablein completed 12 of 26 passes for 151 yards.
"I think our quarterback can throw the football so we have to work a little harder on our throwing game," Orange coach Brian Cross said. "We've got to practice smarter because we have less guys. I think we were tired coming into the game."
Liberty’s senior quarterback Matt Kessler made his varsity debut and completed 12 of 18 passes for 118 yards and an interception. The turnover ended a drive in Orange territory with 8:18 left in the first quarter.
Liberty coach Steve Hale watched his group commit 10 penalties for 85 yards and miss two extra points.
"I didn't like the penalties," he said. "We've got to get focused and clean things up on special teams."
OO -- Menzo 68 run (Siles kick)
OL -- Davies 3 run (kick fail)
OL -- Durtschi 14 run (run fail)
OL -- Kessler 2 run (Goodwill kick)
OL -- Durtschi 61 run (kick fail)