Deeb Haber is ready for the game that is like no other for the Olentangy High School football team.

Deeb Haber is ready for the game that is like no other for the Olentangy High School football team.

The Braves play host to Liberty on Friday, Sept. 4, looking for their sixth consecutive win in the rivalry. The last two were instant classics, with Olentangy winning 35-34 in overtime last season and 26-23 in two overtimes in 2013.

"Liberty always is the big game," said Haber, a senior quarterback. "It's the Ohio State-Michigan of our area. It's always going to be a good game. We just have to stay relaxed and fight adversity, especially on offense.

"We know that they can make plays and have a good defense that can stop us. We just have to work all week to perfect our skills and technique to prepare for them."

The Patriots won the first two meetings, 21-16 in 2008 and 29-6 in 2009, but now trail 5-2 in the series.

Liberty senior quarterback Alex Lando believes enough is enough.

"We've lost five or whatever it is in a row, and we want it this year," he said after the Patriots' 43-14 opening win over visiting Orange on Aug. 28. "It's the game of the year for us, so we get pumped up for it a little more than any other game."

The game is normally close, with five of the seven meetings decided by six points or fewer.

"Obviously it's a rivalry game and I know our kids circle it on our schedule, and Liberty will say the same thing," said Olentangy coach Mark Solis, whose team opened with a 41-17 victory at Westerville South on Aug. 28. "It's a good measure for where we are as a program. (Coach) Steve Hale has been at Liberty from day one and has done a tremendous job of building a program that is of high quality both on and off the field."

The Braves jumped out to a 17-0 lead against South. Haber had touchdown passes of 28 yards to Sam Durst and 10 yards to Jacob O'Donnell.

Jimmy Elmurr scored on a 3-yard run and returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown, and Jacob Bell made field goals of 46 and 32 yards.

In their opener, the Patriots were in a first-half battle with Orange. They led 16-14 until Trent Davies raced 63 yards for a touchdown with 3 minutes, 23 seconds left in the first half to make it 22-14. Liberty held the Pioneers scoreless in the second half.

Davies rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries as Liberty totaled 457 yards, including 421 rushing. Lando ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and was 2-for-4 passing for 25 yards. Johnny Wiseman added 84 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

"We've had two overtime games in a row (against Olentangy), so we're going to go out there and get after them," Hale said. "I know our kids are excited to go over there and play."