Even though his team lost 62-28 in its opener Aug. 30 at Huber Heights Wayne, football coach John Snoad still believes he has a roster of skilled players.
He went to the members of his team with a simple plea as they prepared for their home opener Friday, Sept. 6, against Fairfield.
"This is about buying in," Snoad said. "We have to have 100-percent buy-in from everyone. We have some very talented kids. They just have to learn it and then they have to give 100 percent. We've got nine games ahead of us and we've got good kids."
Gahanna took a 7-0 lead against Wayne when junior Ronald Robinson, who took over at quarterback this season after seeing limited action a year ago, connected with Vasean Davis for a 73-yard touchdown pass.
Wayne scored the next 48 points, however, and led 48-7 at halftime.
Gahanna's Tank Davis returned the second-half kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown and Robinson ran in for a 2-yard score to make it 48-21 before the Warriors scored two more touchdowns.
Robinson, who finished with 283 yards passing but was intercepted three times, hooked up with Emile Camm on a 77-yard touchdown pass for the Lions' final points.
"We really failed in just about every way, offensively, defensively and on special teams," Snoad said. "I don't think we covered very well. There were a couple dumb penalties, a couple turnovers and execution breakdowns. We struggled in literally every phase of the game. Obviously, (Wayne) has some really nice players, is very disciplined and executes well."
Fairfield went 2-8 a year ago but opened with a 21-7 win over Beavercreek on Aug. 30, as quarterback Ryan Nuss hit wide receiver Tyron Harper on touchdown passes of 84 and 8 yards in the fourth quarter.
Wide receiver Herman Brunis, who had a team-best 27 receptions a year ago, also is a key player on offense, as is running back Recoe Walker.
Nuss saw part-time duty at quarterback a year ago.
"We scored points early in the second half," Snoad said. "We had to step up and fight. What we want now is 100 percent effort."