As the Dublin Jerome High School football team reviewed film of its season-opening 58-0 win at Logan on Aug. 26, coach Bob Gecewich warned his players that a much bigger challenge awaits in week 2.

As the Dublin Jerome High School football team reviewed film of its season-opening 58-0 win at Logan on Aug. 26, coach Bob Gecewich warned his players that a much bigger challenge awaits in week 2.

The Celtics will play host to Lancaster on Friday, Sept. 2. The Golden Gales, coming off a season in which they were a Division I, Region 2 playoff qualifier and finished 8-3, opened with a 28-7 loss at DeSales on Aug. 25.

"We know what they want to do," Gecewich said of the Gales. "They want to re-establish themselves as a power football team. We have a feel of what to expect. They bring back all five offensive linemen. They bring back their quarterback (Noah Dryden). It will be a good game to see how far we've come in a year. That's the focus of our kids."

Lancaster managed only 130 yards of offense against DeSales, with 43 coming on a run by Dryden.

"We've got to get better for (this) week," Gales coach Rob Carpenter said. "We didn't block very well. The only guy we got untracked was Noah. We never got our fullback (Shea Goss) loose. We've got to grow and get better."

Jerome lost to Lancaster 33-0 in week 2 last season but bounced back to finish 6-4.

"After we played (Jerome) last year, they rebounded and had a hell of a season," Carpenter said. "It's another away game, and we've just got to handle that adversity."

Jerome rushed for 279 yards on 29 carries against Logan, a Division II team. Running back Austin Booth ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.

Joe Dunnan and Hunter Schell split time at quarterback against the Chieftains. Dunnan completed all three pass attempts for 104 yards and a touchdown, while Schell was 2-for-2 passing for 113 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score.

"We'll take the win," Gecewich said. "We had some kids step up. Our kids played hard every single snap. You get into a game like that and sometimes it's hard to keep that intensity up. I thought our kids played hard every opportunity that they got."

Senior wide receiver and defensive back Matt Nesbit missed the game with a concussion and was questionable for the game against Lancaster, Gecewich said.

fdirenna@thisweeknews.com

@ThisWeekFrank