Winless through four games, the St. Charles Preparatory School football team has every reason to doubt itself, but senior Jake Sattler said that's not the case.
The Cardinals gave up two touchdowns in the final minute Sept. 15, dropping to 0-4 with a 29-28 loss at New Philadelphia. They'll try for a victory Friday, Sept. 22, at Washington Court House in the first meeting between the programs.
"We have progressed a lot since the start of the season," said Sattler, a two-way lineman. "The offensive line is getting the blocking schemes down, and the running backs are finding their holes and making their cuts. We've been working hard in practices and everyone is behind the coaches and what they are doing."
The Blue Lions lost their second consecutive game Sept. 15, falling 38-8 to Delaware. On Sept. 8, they lost to London 51-47.
Junior quarterback Dillon Steward rushed for 200 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns against London, but he did not play against Delaware. Sophomore Richie Burns was behind center against the Pacers.
"I think we match up well against (the Blue Lions)," Sattler said. "We just have to keep making strides and work hard to get this one."
The Cardinals led New Philadelphia 28-16 before Jelani Walker caught a 12-yard, fourth-down touchdown pass from Baron May with 43 seconds left to cut the deficit to five. The Quakers recovered an onside kick on their own 48-yard line and took a 29-28 lead with 19 seconds left when May threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Walker. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
St. Charles quarterback Brooks McCann threw three touchdowns, connecting with Peter Griffith for scores of 15 and 7 yards and another to Jayden Hill from 7 yards. Taylor Bryant also had a 5-yard touchdown run.
"We had a better record last year (2-2) at this time, but we have a better attitude this year," Sattler said. "We're going to start winning games soon and have a better season than most people believe."