The Watkins Memorial High School football team hopes to get back on its feet Friday at Delaware.
Cutting down on the turnovers would go a long way in helping the Warriors win their first OCC-Capital Division game. Fumbles on two of their opening three possessions quickly put them in a 21-0 hole during last Friday's 35-8 loss against New Albany. They also had a late fumble that stymied their comeback bid in a 28-21 loss a week earlier at Big Walnut.
The offense as a whole is coming off its poorest performance of the season after generating 230 yards last week. Quarterback Devonte Marable was limited to less than 100 total yards for only the second time, and Brenden Kemp was kept out of the end zone for the first time even though he had 10 rushing touchdowns entering the game.
Moreover, Watkins Memorial's defense is trying to get well, too. After a 54-0 season-opening victory over Linden-McKinley, the Warriors are yielding an average of 28.3 points over their last four games.
The Pacers, who are 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Capital, also have been plagued by turnovers. Their opening three drives ended with turnovers in last Friday's 39-9 loss to Mount Vernon, and the offense failed to produce a touchdown.
Delaware's defense, which is keyed in part by linebacker Keith Butts, is allowing 33 points a game. It will need to zero in on the versatile Marable, who has played a role in six touchdowns. That includes a 98-yard kickoff return against Big Walnut.
The Pacers have won both meetings since they rejoined the OCC-Capital in 2008. They prevailed 21-0 a year ago.