First-year Dublin Jerome High School football coach Bob Gecewich saw glimpses of promise in his team's season-opening 20-3 home loss to Upper Arlington on Aug. 28.

First-year Dublin Jerome High School football coach Bob Gecewich saw glimpses of promise in his team's season-opening 20-3 home loss to Upper Arlington on Aug. 28.

He is hoping the Celtics can build on the positives when they visit Lancaster on Friday, Sept. 4, in the first matchup between the programs.

Lancaster opened with a 13-3 home win against DeSales on Aug. 28.

The Golden Gales dominated play for most of the game, outgaining the Stallions 307-109 in total yards and picking up 17 first downs.

Lancaster had 246 yards rushing on 58 carries, led by running back Shea Goss with 64 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Quarterback Noah Dryden, a junior, ran for 59 yards on 15 carries and completed three of four passes for 50 yards in his first varsity start, and fullback Ryan Fitchpatrick had 53 yards on 16 carries.

The Gales' defense limited DeSales to 51 yards and one first down in the second half.

"Lancaster is going to pound (the ball)," Gecewich said. "They're going to run the wing-T (offense), a lot of misdirection coming at you, a lot of traps coming at you, a lot of jet. We just need to play more disciplined, and that's on us as coaches. We need to play more disciplined on the defensive side and limit big-play opportunities."

Jerome's offense amassed 206 total yards against UA.

Senior Zack Hazlett, making his first varsity start at quarterback, completed six of 13 passes for 114 yards. Running back Malachi Strickland rushed for 52 yards on 13 carries and wide receiver Ty Henderson had one catch for 54 yards.

"The effort is there and they saw that we can play with these good teams," Gecewich said. "We can be a competitive football program."