It's hard to tell which team needs a victory more when the Bexley High School football team travels to Lakewood on Friday for a MSL-Ohio Division game.
The Lions started the season 2-0 with wins over Africentric and Northridge, but have been in a free-fall the last three weeks. Lakewood's only victory is a 58-0 blowout of Millersport on Sept 3.
The Lancers might be a little hungrier. Lakewood is looking to end a 10-game drought in the MSL-Ohio as well as avenge a 45-6 loss to Bexley last year. The Lions haven't lost to Lakewood since a 10-7 defeat in 2002.
In its 61-28 loss to Columbus Academy on Sept. 24, the Lancers scored their most points in a league game since Oct. 17. Lakewood had four different players in junior quarterback Tanner Taylor (5-9, 160), sophomore running back Anthony Angle (6-0, 170), senior quarterback Chad Auber (6-0, 162) and receiver Delane King score touchdowns.
The Lancers will be tested by an opportunistic defense, led by senior linebackers Tommy Zervas (6-1, 208), John Schwartz (6-1, 180) and Josh Lake (6-0, 192), and defensive backs Elijah Scott (6-1, 170) and D.J. Jones (5-7, 140).
Bexley appeared to get back on track offensively with quarterback Alex Lemon (5-11, 197) throwing for 295 yards. Jalen Robinette (6-4, 182) caught 14 passes for 210 yards.
Jones and senior Jason Grinter (5-10, 159) have anchored the running game and Robinette and Scott (6-1, 170) have been solid performers at receiver.
The Lions have a clear advantage in size and numbers. Lakewood began the season with only 26 players, 20 fewer than Bexley.