The Marysville High football team, which opened Aug. 29 against Jonathan Alder, visits Delaware on Thursday, Sept. 4.
Mike Golden is in his first season coaching Delaware after spending the past nine years at Upper Arlington, where he compiled a 65-33 record and guided the Golden Bears to the postseason in 2005-08 and 2011.
Following his team's scrimmage against Hilliard Darby on Aug. 22, Marysville coach Morgan Cotter said sophomore Nathan Snyder most likely would start at quarterback against Jonathan Alder, with senior Aron Mowery expected to start at running back.
Mowery, however, could also see time at quarterback.
"We could be a two-headed monster at times," Cotter said. "It makes us more versatile across the board. Aron has a great arm and I won't be surprised to see him taking snaps at quarterback, but it gives us more options."
Delaware, which opened Aug. 29 against Buckeye Valley, finished 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the OCC-Capital a year ago.
Junior halfback Ethan Tucky and senior fullback Ernest Bonsu, who rushed for 322 yards a year ago, return in the backfield.
Junior Connor King and sophomore Cullen Moore competed for the starting quarterback job during the preseason.
Key defensive players are senior Josh Daughenbaugh and Tucky at outside linebacker. Tucky was first-team all-league and all-district last season. He had 48 tackles and four sacks, and Daughenbaugh had 35.5 tackles.
"We hear Delaware is very athletic," Cotter said. "They have a couple of real nice athletes. They're going to have a new group of linemen. They graduated some of their linemen, so it will be a younger group of linemen, but they're going to be big. They're going to have a size advantage, so that means we need to be technicians in the trenches and make sure we're taking care of doing things well inside the box."