Not only will the Dublin Scioto High School football team be looking to even its overall record in an OCC-Cardinal Division clash at Westerville South on Friday, Oct. 2, it can earn its fourth consecutive victory against the Wildcats.

Not only will the Dublin Scioto High School football team be looking to even its overall record in an OCC-Cardinal Division clash at Westerville South on Friday, Oct. 2, it can earn its fourth consecutive victory against the Wildcats.

The Irish, who improved to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal with a 14-7 win at Westerville North on Sept. 25, trail 6-5 in the all-time series against South but have won the last three meetings, including a 56-49 victory in overtime last season.

"The goal for us is to keep it going," coach Karl Johnson said. "They lost a tough one with Hilliard Bradley (16-13 on Sept. 25), but we know we're going to be facing an offense and defense that have very good athletes."

South dropped to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the league with the loss to Bradley, which got a 34-yard field goal from Brady Whittekind as time expired.

Scioto's defense will be focused on running back Jaelen Gill, who led the Wildcats with 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns against the Jaguars. He has the potential to provide big plays against an Irish defense that has allowed 22 plays of 20 or more yards this season.

Johnson also wants to see more output from his offense, which is averaging 11.2 points per game.

Running back Jestin Penn, who has 572 yards rushing and four touchdown on 100 carries, scored on a 4-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to lock up the win over North. He finished the game with 123 yards rushing.

Jayden Penn will get his third start at quarterback. The sophomore is 22-for-33 for 183 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. The expected starter, Noah Densel, sustained a season-ending ACL injury during the preseason. Jack Suich started the first three games at quarterback, but Johnson decided to return Suich to his starting role in the secondary.

"Jack makes us a better defense and we thought, overall, it would help us be a better football team," Johnson said.