The Dublin Jerome High School football team will look to build on a much-needed win when it visits Delaware on Friday, Oct. 5, for an OCC-Cardinal Division contest.
The Celtics ended a four-game losing streak with a 33-0 win over visiting Thomas Worthington on Sept. 28 to improve to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal.
"We needed that. We needed a win really bad," coach Bob Gecewich said. "I told our kids how much I appreciate how hard they still work. Our kids have come to work every day and worked hard, so for them to finally get a payday off of that is great for them."
Delaware bounced back from its first loss of the season to defeat visiting Worthington Kilbourne 24-3 on Sept. 28. The Pacers, who lost at Scioto 45-31 on Sept. 21, are 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the league.
Ryan Miller started at quarterback against Thomas as part of some personnel changes made by Gecewich and his coaching staff. Miller completed 12 of 16 passes for 122 yards, with Trey Ballengee making six catches for 88 yards.
On the season, Ballengee has 32 receptions for 442 yards and two touchdowns.
Ryan Prochko led the Celtics' ground game against the Cardinals, rushing for 116 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.
Defensive end Tony Gyimah led Jerome's defense, recording six tackles and two fumble recoveries, including one that he returned 21 yards for a score.
Delaware is in its first season under veteran coach Scott Wetzel, who posted a 100-27 record in 11 seasons at Big Walnut from 1998-2008, guiding the Golden Eagles to the Division III state championship in 2007, and went 31-19 in five seasons at Buckeye Valley from 1992-96. He spent the past two seasons at Westerville North.
Jahi Broussard-Nash led the Pacers against Kilbourne, rushing for 222 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, while quarterback Blake Eiland completed seven of 13 passes for 123 yards.
"Delaware does a million different things offensively just formation-wise," Gecewich said. "They have a really talented quarterback. He's a really good athlete. He played as a freshman last year and he gave us some problems and they have a couple other pieces on offense that they can get the ball to and can do some really good things."
Jerome defeated Delaware 34-13 last season.