Braves (7-2, 4-2 in OCC-Capital) Pacers (5-4, 3-3)
Olentangy High School football coach Mark Solis is hoping for good news on and off the field Friday, Nov. 1.
The Braves end their regular season with a visit to OCC-Capital Division rival Delaware, and with considerable help could sneak into the Division II, Region 5 playoffs. The top eight teams qualify, and Olentangy was projected to be 13th in this week's computer ratings.
"We know we need a lot of help and we can't control what anybody else does, so we just have to perform at a high level," said Solis, whose team ended a two-game losing streak by defeating Mount Vernon 38-27 on Oct. 25, improving to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the league. "We responded well to adversity last week, which was something we hadn't done the previous two weeks."
Olentangy bounced back from an early 14-0 deficit against Mount Vernon. Yellow Jackets running back J.D. Orr scored two of his three touchdowns within the first three minutes of the game, but the Braves turned the game around with 24 unanswered points and the defense held Mount Vernon to two yards rushing in the second half.
Fullback Chris Crumb, running backs Anthony Golden, Hayden Hunter and Maleke Mitchell and quarterback Deeb Haber each had rushing touchdowns for the Braves, who amassed 262 of their 498 total yards on the ground. Right guard Quinton Gallion also returned after missing the first eight games with a foot injury.
"They are an excellent team and well-coached," Delaware coach Zebb Schroeder said. "They will line up in almost everything offensively and take advantage of what the defense allows. They play fast and get a lot of plays off. They will test you on the perimeter and inside or with counters. They can hit you from a lot of angles."
A victory would give Delaware its first winning season since 2009. The Pacers assured themselves at least a .500 record with a 41-6 win at Franklin Heights on Oct. 25 and are 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the OCC-Capital.
Senior quarterback Jante Wright rushed for 94 yards and touchdowns of 19 and 49 yards and threw a 48-yard scoring pass to senior Caleb Howell to lead Delaware, which allowed the Falcons' only points in the fourth quarter.
Olentangy is 7-3 in its past 10 games against Delaware, but the teams have split their previous four meetings.