Another high school football season is under way and Week 1 is in the books. Here is a look at Week 2 matchups for Olentangy, Liberty and Orange:
Another high school football season is under way and Week 1 is in the books. Here is a look at Week 2 matchups for local teams:
OLENTANGY LIBERTY (0-1) AT ORANGE (0-1)
Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy Orange both lost their openers, but Liberty might know more about its team as the squads prepare for a Friday, Sept. 2, matchup at Orange.
Liberty lost 31-27 at Dublin Coffman when first-year starting quarterback Joey Longhino threw an interception in the end zone from the Shamrocks' 28-yard line with 5 seconds remaining. Orange lost 27-21 at Olentangy but was missing key players to injury and complications from muscle cramps.
Last season, host Liberty beat Orange 29-14 in the first meeting between the teams.
Liberty surrendered 24 points to Coffman in the third quarter, 17 of which followed an interception, a lost fumble and a bad snap on a punt.
Longhino completed 28 of 40 passes for 246 yards with three touchdowns. He connected with A.J. Motika for a 39-yard score in the first quarter before hitting Carter Rudek (3 yards) in the second and Bryson Wray (8 yards) in the fourth. Myles Robinson scored on a 1-yard run with 4:31 to play to cut the Patriots' deficit to four points.
Against the Braves, Orange running back Brandon Schoen rushed for touchdowns of 27 and 18 yards in the first half while gaining 85 yards in nine carries. He also had an interception, but cramping problems limited him to three plays in the second half, all on defense.
The Pioneers also were without quarterback Kofi Hill, who suffered an ankle injury in the team's final scrimmage. Coach Brian Cross is unsure when Hill will return.
Daniel Bull filled in despite limited preseason snaps and was 2-of-10 for 26 yards and an interception.
Luke Wolford had a 44-yard punt return for a touchdown with 1:16 left in the second quarter against Olentangy. It was the Pioneers' last score.
OLENTANGY (1-0) AT DELAWARE (0-1)
After facing the run-first offense of Olentangy Orange in a 27-21 opening win Aug. 26, Olentangy is gearing up for Delaware's spread attack Friday, Sept. 2.
The Pacers lost to Buckeye Valley 38-32 in two overtimes Aug. 26.
"You're going from facing a team with a methodical, fundamental skill set to one that uses a wide-open skill set," said Braves coach Ed Terwilliger, whose team defeated Delaware 42-13 last year and lost to the Pacers 17-14 in 2009. "The best way to slow down Delaware is not to let them get into a rhythm."
The Pacers are led by running back Taylor Adair and wide receiver Matt Bingaya. Against the Barons, Adair rushed for 110 yards and touchdowns of 3 and 12 yards, while Bingaya had eight catches for 96 yards with touchdowns of 19 and 13 yards.
Delaware will try to slow Olentangy's running game. Against Orange, the Braves rushed for 245 yards on 49 carries. Tyler Webb had 84 yards on 15 carries with a 38-yard touchdown and Derrick Rodgers added 56 yards on 12 carries.
The Braves will be without senior linebacker and running back Joshua Perry. The Ohio State recruit rushed for 99 yards on 14 carries with touchdowns of 5 and 19 yards against Orange but was ejected in the fourth quarter after a tackle on Pioneers quarterback Daniel Bull.
"It's an unfortunate situation that occurred," Terwilliger said. "It's the old adage of the second person always gets caught."