Coach Zebb Schroeder can't allow his Olentangy Orange High School football team to look back.

Coach Zebb Schroeder can't allow his Olentangy Orange High School football team to look back.

In their last two games -- this season's opener and the 2015 finale -- the Pioneers were handed overtime losses by Worthington Kilbourne.

They have to put those losses behind them as they prepare to play host to Watterson on Friday, Sept. 2.

"The kids took Friday night hard because of the investment they put in during the offseason, but we can't dwell on this," said Schroeder, whose team lost to Kilbourne 29-28 in overtime Aug. 26. "There is a lot of football to be played, so we have to rebound."

Watterson lost its opener to Walnut Ridge 8-3 on Aug. 26. The Eagles had four turnovers and only nine first downs. Their offensive output was limited to a 27-yard field goal by Kevin Laming.

"Watterson is a team that runs the ball well and plays sound defensively every year," Schroeder said. "They're usually very physical, so we need to be prepared for another strong football team (this) week."

Orange lost to Watterson 13-7 last fall. Quarterback J.D. Dayhuff completed 12 of 19 passes for 123 yards with one interception. Close games are nothing new for the Pioneers, who also lost to Kilbourne 31-28 in overtime in week 10 last fall. The last five games for Orange have been decided by seven points or fewer, with the team going 2-3 in that span.

In the opener, the Pioneers led 21-14 before Joe Metcalf made a 41-yard field goal. Kilbourne was whistled for a 5-yard penalty for running into the kicker, giving Orange a first down at the Wolves' 19. After three plays, Metcalf missed a 29-yard field-goal attempt.

"I'm killing myself for taking the three points off the board, but I felt good about our red-zone package and we were moving the ball well," Schroeder said. "We were up seven (points) and had a lot of momentum. Hindsight is 20-20, but I'm sure (the coaching staff) will never quite get over that one."

Dayhuff completed 15 of 20 passes for 139 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and rushed for 59 yards on seven carries. Orange totaled 369 yards, with Bobby Eleyet rushing for 48 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries.

The Pioneers limited Kilbourne to 245 total yards.

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