The Marysville High School football team's challenging early schedule continues Friday, Sept. 9, when it visits Dublin Scioto.

The Marysville High School football team's challenging early schedule continues Friday, Sept. 9, when it visits Dublin Scioto.

The Irish were 1-1 after losing to Dublin Coffman 45-7on Sept. 2. They won their Aug. 26 opener 24-15 at Westerville South.

Marysville lost at home to Jonathan Alder 35-10 on Aug. 26 and fell to Delaware 21-16on Sept. 2. Delaware opened by defeating Buckeye Valley 20-13 on Aug. 26.

For Scioto, senior quarterback Noah Densel returned to the lineup against South after missing last season with a knee injury. He completed seven of 10 passes for 100 yards with three interceptions and rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

Dimetri Brandon rushed for a team-high 71 yards and a score on 22 carries.

The Irish had a 300-205 advantage in total yards.

Marysville and Scioto each finished 2-8 last season, but the Irish won 11-0 at Marysville.

Scioto leads the series 16-5, with the Monarchs' last win coming in a 30-28 decision in 2013.

"Scioto is much improved," coach Morgan Cotter said. "Hopefully by the time we get to them we're starting to improve, we're starting to put things together and figuring out what we need to do offensively with the quarterback we have now, and defensively are we playing at a higher level."

Against Jonathan Alder, sophomore quarterback Walker Heard made his first varsity start in place of senior Nathan Snyder, who injured his right ankle in a scrimmage Aug. 9 against South.

"He played well," Cotter said. "He had two interceptions, but when you have a young man out there for the first time, there were a couple things that they did to us defensively I don't know if we were 100 percent prepared for. It's something that Walker hadn't seen."

Jonathan Alder's Trey Pugh, a Northwestern commit, rushed for 96 yards and scored four touchdowns.