The Dublin Scioto High School football team will play host to Big Walnut on Thursday, Sept. 7, in a matchup of winless teams.
The Irish, who have not faced the Golden Eagles since 2007 when the teams were OCC-Capital Division rivals, fell to 0-2 with a 38-0 loss at Coffman on Sept. 1 and have been outscored 88-14 in two games. Big Walnut dropped to 0-2 with a 21-14 overtime loss to visiting Worthington Kilbourne on Sept. 1.
The Golden Eagles outgained Kilbourne 381-225 in total yards, including rushing for 310 yards. Running back Abe Myers led Big Walnut, rushing for 203 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries.
Myers has rushed for 266 yards on 43 carries through two games for the Golden Eagles, who lost at Johnstown 3-0 in their opener Aug. 25.
Scioto, which lost to visiting Westerville South 50-14 in its opener Aug. 25, could be aided by the return of key players from injuries.
“We’re getting a lot of players back, so that will help,” linebacker Jeremy Erickson said. “Westerville South and Coffman are probably two of the better teams we’ll face all year, so we’re looking forward to bouncing back this week.”
Among the key players who could be back in the lineup against Big Walnut is junior quarterback Kyron Rogers, who missed the first two games with a hand injury. If Rogers can go, look for Jaden Penn, who started the first two games at quarterback, to return to a slot position and also play more of a role defensively in the secondary.
Two-way lineman Jett Gibson (ankle) and offensive lineman Nick Hopper (shoulder) also could return against the Golden Eagles.
Running back Jose Ramirez led the offense against Coffman, rushing for 51 yards as Scioto finished with 109 total yards.
“If we take care of the ball on offense and our defense plays as hard and as well as we can, I think we’ll be just fine,” Erickson said.
Big Walnut coach Joe Weaver knows what to expect from the Irish.
“I know we’re going to be facing a well-coached football team,” Weaver said. “I know the Dublin area is a hotbed for good athletes and good football. (Scioto coach) Karl Johnson is a heck of a football coach who’s going to have his kids prepared and execute the game plan. They’re going to be a very physical team.”