For the third time in program history, the Hartley High School football team will face Wheelersburg when it plays host to the Pirates on Friday, Aug. 31.
The Hawks opened Aug. 24 with a 42-17 loss at Toledo Central Catholic, which was a Division III state semifinalist last season.
Wheelersburg is coming off a 15-0 season that included a 21-14 overtime victory over Pemberville Eastwood in the Division V state final and beat Ironton 28-6 on Aug. 24 to win its 36th consecutive regular-season game.
The only previous times Wheelersburg and Hartley met were the Division V, Region 17 championship games of 2013 and '14 that the Hawks won 42-20 and 45-38 in overtime, respectively.
The Pirates' offense features senior quarterback Trent Salyers and senior wide receiver Tanner Holden. Salyers threw for program-records of 3,483 yards and 35 touchdowns last season and rushed for 11 scores.
Seniors Evan Dahm (LB/OL) and Avery Donini (DB/TE) and junior Evan Horsley (LB/RB) lead the defense.
Hartley, which lost to Central Catholic 35-16 last season, trailed 21-0 at halftime in the rematch. Matteo Agriesti made a 28-yard field goal with 10 minutes, 42 seconds remaining and the Hawks cut their deficit to 35-10 with a 2-yard touchdown run by Jalan January, but the Fighting Irish returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.
Miles Fleming, who finished 8-for-16 passing for 111 yards, connected with Phillip Cole for a 26-yard touchdown pass to round out the scoring.
"They're as good of an opponent as there is in the state of Ohio," coach Brad Burchfield said. "We've lost some tight ones, won some tight ones against them."