Dublin Scioto will look to end a three-game losing streak when it travels to Marysville on Friday, Oct. 28.

Dublin Scioto will look to end a three-game losing streak when it travels to Marysville on Friday, Oct. 28.

At 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, the Irish will be trying to avoid the worst finish in program history. Scioto, which lost 24-12 to Dublin Jerome on Oct. 21, went 3-7 in 1998 and 1999.

The Monarchs improved to 5-4 and 3-3 by ending a three-game losing streak with a 30-7 victory over winless Westerville North on Oct. 21.

"We've been in almost every ballgame," Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. "We just haven't gotten over that hump in the fourth quarter. We've got to be able to do that."

Scioto has won nine of the past 10 meetings, including last season's 28-14 victory. Marysville's 13-10 win in 2008 kept the Irish out of the playoffs.

The history between the two coaches dates to the 1990s when Marysville coach Jeff Gafford was at Worthington Kilbourne.

"They're usually an eight-man front and they're usually very aggressive defensively," Gafford said. "Offensively, they're comfortable running power as well as shotgun, so it is quite a variety. They're always fun to play."

Scioto running back William Houston had 103 yards on 24 carries against Jerome. Quarterback Evan DeMars completed 15 of 25 passes for 199 yards.

Marysville's injury report appears to be a little brighter with senior Craig Runyan expected to dress in his final game. Runyan, a University of Toledo recruit, suffered a hand injury in a 20-14 loss to Jerome on Oct. 14.

The tight end had replaced Kody Davisson in the backfield. Davisson has missed the last four games with a high-ankle sprain.

Marysville receiver Zach LaRoche had four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown against North.

-Scott Gerfen