Westerville South High School football coach Matthew Christ hopes his team can play a full four quarters and snap a three-game losing streak when it faces Olentangy Liberty on Friday, Oct. 5, at home.
The Wildcats led Olentangy 10-0 in the second quarter before the Braves rallied for a 21-10 win Sept. 28 in the OCC-Buckeye Division opener for both teams.
"It's the same thing," said Christ, whose team fell to 2-4. "It's not an effort thing. It's an execution thing (and) not turning the ball over. We have to find ways to finish drives. There's a lot of positives. We have a lot of guys who have played varsity football for the first time and they're starting to figure things out, but we have to find a way to win some games down the stretch."
Liberty held off Westerville Central 16-14 on Sept. 28 to improve to 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the OCC-Buckeye.
The Patriots reached Division I state semifinals each of the past two seasons and are seeking their fifth consecutive postseason berth.
Liberty leads the series with South 5-1, with the Wildcats winning 47-20 in 2009.
South outgained Olentangy 325-301 but committed three turnovers while the Braves had none.
Ta'Veon Falls rushed for 120 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. For the season, he has 441 yards and two touchdowns on 91 carries.
Jordan Penn has completed 48 of 87 passes for 562 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions.
Jaylen Norwood (258 yards) and Manny Sunnyway (234 yards) lead the Wildcats in receiving.
Mitchell Okuley led Liberty against Central, completing 11 of 21 passes for 149 yards and rushing for 32 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
Mitchell Kershner had 87 yards receiving and Aidan Kenley rushed for 86 yards.
"It's a program that expects to win," Christ said of Liberty. "It's definitely going to be a challenge. They're sound defensively. They run a lot of good stuff offensively. It's going to be another tough test, but that's the OCC-Buckeye. We're going to keep firing away, keep swinging and try to find ways to put our kids in the best possible situations."