The Dublin Scioto High School football team will be looking to bounce back from a stunning loss to rival Jerome when it visits Delaware on Friday, Sept. 22, in an OCC-Cardinal Division contest.

The Irish led Jerome 17-15 before giving up a late touchdown on a hook-and-lateral play in their league opener Sept. 15. On third-and-23, Celtics quarterback Hayden Schell threw a short pass to receiver Trey Ballengee, who then lateraled the ball to running back Robert Cope, who ran to the end zone to complete the 79-yard play.

The touchdown came with 2 minutes, 50 seconds remaining and propelled Jerome to a 21-17 victory.

The loss dropped the Irish to 1-3 overall.

“Coach (Karl Johnson) said we worked very hard and we should have executed on the little things and the details. That’s what it came down to,” senior linebacker Gabe Wallace said. “We can’t give up big plays like we did (Sept. 15).”

Delaware, which opens league play against Scioto, improved to 2-2 with a 38-8 win over visiting Washington Court House on Sept. 15. Blake Eiland had touchdown runs of 68 and 8 yards as the Pacers totaled 264 yards rushing.

Delaware, which led the Blue Lions 24-0 at halftime, is coached by Mike Golden, who missed the final six games last season to undergo treatment for lung cancer. The Pacers were 3-1 when Golden took his leave of absence but lost five of their final six games.

Last season, Scioto defeated Delaware 42-7.

The Pacers are looking for their first winning season since 2009 when they finished 6-4.

“Delaware has three different types of offense, so they’re very versatile in that aspect,” Wallace said. “They don’t have that many playmakers on their team, but I know that they work hard and, like any team, they can bust one out and beat us on defense, so we’re going to have to work hard all week and pay attention to detail.”

Against Jerome, quarterback Kyron Rogers passed for 214 yards and two scores, Tobias Thomas had 127 yards receiving and a touchdown and Jose Ramirez rushed for 45 yards on 14 carries.

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