Both defenses had their struggles in the opening week.


*When: Friday, Aug. 31

*Last meeting: First meeting

*Top Cruisers: Ben Adkins (LB), Tyren Jackson (DB), Cameron Oshodi (OL), Dawuane Smoot (DL), Mecca Swain (QB), Durrell Wood (OL) and Thomas Workman (OL)

*Top Pioneers: Mike Forbes (RB/LB), Kofi Hill (RB/DB), Jake Lewis (TE/LB), Triston Richardson (WR/DB), Larry Rode (RB/DB), Cole Snowden (OL/DL) and Spencer Wilson (OL/DL)

*Groveport to date: Lost to Westerville South 55-14

*Orange to date: Lost to Olentangy Liberty 43-21

*What to expect: Both defenses had their struggles in the opening week, with Orange giving up 416 total yards to Liberty and Groveport giving up 375 first-half yards against Westerville South. The Pioneers scored 21 points in the first half with a strong running attack, but their secondary will need to rebound after giving up nearly 300 yards passing. The Cruisers need to work toward offensive consistency.

*Last week: Groveport took a 7-0 lead on a 65-yard run by Swain just 13 seconds into the game, but the Cruisers didn't score again until the fourth quarter.

Orange led 21-6 at halftime without having a penalty or turnover. That changed when the Pioneers fumbled on the second play of the second half at their own 16, leading to a Liberty touchdown. Orange had four turnovers and 40 penalty yards to help the Patriots score 37 second-half points. Forbes led Orange with 79 yards rushing on 13 carries.