Blake Skuratowicz is easy to find on the football field. He's the one knocking down opponents with a force that begs to be noticed.

Blake Skuratowicz is easy to find on the football field. He's the one knocking down opponents with a force that begs to be noticed.

Olentangy Orange High School coach Zebb Schroeder never gets tired of seeing that.

"Blake has 15 to 20 physical highlight clips from the last two years that will make your teeth rattle," Schroeder said. "He is a pure football player and plays the game with the brute aggression and the physicality in which it is meant to be played.

"He is our quarterback on defense at middle linebacker. He gets lined up and plays sideline to sideline."

Skuratowicz loves the contact of the sport, whether it's running over defenders or plowing though blockers.

"I like hitting, and I like being on the offensive side of the ball because you know where you are going and what you need to do," the 6-foot-2, 229-pound senior said. "(From playing fullback), I have an idea where they will try to block me (as a linebacker). I know what I would do in certain situations, so that helps."

Skuratowicz has a team-leading 47 tackles, including five tackles for loss. At fullback, he has three carries for 28 yards and one reception for 28 yards.

"Blake dealt with an ankle injury all July and August, and it really hampered his ability to play on both sides of the ball," Schroeder said. "He has recovered from that and is back to his playing shape. We're excited to be playing him more and more on offense because he has a physical skill set that just doesn't grow on trees."

The season has not gone the way Skuratowicz and the Pioneers would have liked. They are 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Capital Division heading into a home game Friday, Oct. 2, against Mount Vernon.

But Orange also has not played the easiest of schedules. Through five games, its opponents are a combined 19-6, including Westerville Central at 5-0 and Liberty and Olentangy both at 4-1.

"Losing is tough. It kills you because you think about it all the time," Skuratowicz said. "You just have to stick with what the coaches are saying and keep working hard to get better.

"(Before losing to Olentangy 43-20 on Sept. 25), we might have been 2-2 if it was not for self-inflicted wounds. We had three or four turnovers against New Albany (39-14 loss Sept. 18), which really hurt us, and we only lost to Watterson 13-7 (on Sept. 4)."

Mount Vernon is 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Capital after losing to Worthington Kilbourne 38-0 on Sept. 25. The Yellow Jackets have lost two in a row.

"(The Yellow Jackets) run the spread like we do, but they lost (2015 graduate) J.D. Orr, who was a big part of what they do," Skuratowicz said. "They will try to spread us out and try to outplay us."

Against Olentangy, J.D. Dayhuff was 23-for-36 passing for 215 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Kicker Joe Metcalf made field goals of 52 and 50 yards.

"These first few weeks have gone super-fast," Skur-atowicz said. "It probably won't sink in until about week 9 or 10 (that my high school career is coming to a close)."

Schroeder said losing the intensity of Skuratowicz will be difficult, but an intangible might be his best quality.

"Blake is in his third year as a varsity player and we are going to miss him physically, but what we will miss the most is his love for Orange football," Schroeder said. "He truly cares about this program and he has invested so much into growing our program for the next wave of athletes.

"He has a passion for the program. He is one of the people to volunteer in the offseason and he leads us in the weight room all year. Blake loves Orange football and loves the game. With him, you get to see the raw emotion of a kid's love for football."