Dublin Scioto High School football coach Karl Johnson and his assistants look forward to devising a game plan whenever their team prepares to face an elite opponent.
They have that opportunity this week as the Irish will visit Hilliard Bradley on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Jaguars are 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, and sit atop ThisWeek’s Super 7 poll.
Scioto is 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal and is coming off a strong defensive effort in a 10-0 league win at Delaware on Sept. 22.
The Irish are tasked with trying to contain the Jaguars’ high-powered spread offense, which is led by quarterback Josh Stewart, who has passed for 1,118 yards and 11 touchdowns with four interceptions this season.
The Jaguars, who are averaging 35.4 points, have a talented receiving corps, led by Daevon Anderson with 531 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Kory Taylor has 368 yards receiving and four scores, and Trey Warner has 189 yards and two touchdowns.
“Bradley has a really good football team,” Johnson said. “They have big, tall receivers and can throw the ball all over and try to stretch you out so then they can run the ball inside. They (also) have a good, solid defense. They don’t have a lot of holes. This is why you compete, be a competitor. Our kids will be ready to play. They’re going to give great effort.”
Scioto quarterback Kyron Rogers has completed 36 of 65 passes for 594 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions after missing the first two games with a hand injury.
Tobias Thomas leads the Irish with 17 catches for 286 yards. Jacob Jones has 16 catches for 205 yards and Jaden Penn has seven receptions for 219 yards. All three have two touchdowns.
Jose Ramirez leads Scioto’s ground attack with 134 yards rushing and one touchdown on 31 carries, while Kenyon Pannell has 120 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries.
Bradley pulled away from Thomas Worthington in the second half for a 31-17 win Sept. 22. Stewart completed 15 of 28 passes for 280 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, and Anderson caught seven passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
The Irish led Delaware 3-0 before Rogers connected with Eric Holsinger on a 76-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Griffin Crosa made a 37-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
Scioto’s defense held the Pacers to just 65 total yards, including 47 rushing.
“The defense played great,” Johnson said.
“When we moved the ball, we did finish drives. Our kicking game has to improve. The biggest thing offensively is getting into the red zone and finishing drives. We have explosive playmakers and most of our touchdowns have been on explosive plays.”