The Reynoldsburg High School football team will try to beat St. Charles for the second consecutive season when it plays host to the Cardinals on Friday, Sept. 2.

The Reynoldsburg High School football team will try to beat St. Charles for the second consecutive season when it plays host to the Cardinals on Friday, Sept. 2.

Reynoldsburg, which defeated St. Charles 37-22 last season, is coming off a 35-28 victory over New Albany in its opener Aug. 26. The Cardinals lost to Upper Arlington 26-14 on the same night in their first game under coach Bob Jacoby, who previously coached DeSales, Hamilton Township and Hamilton.

St. Charles scored a pair of second-quarter touchdowns against UA after falling behind 16-0.

Two of the Cardinals' top offensive threats, seniors Jordan Burkey and Davionn Johnson, are dealing with injuries. Burkey injured a knee against UA and Johnson suffered a broken hand on the opening kickoff but continued to play.

Jacoby said Burkey should be ready to play against Reynoldsburg, but Johnson was to have surgery on his hand.

Reynoldsburg, meanwhile, gave up 378 total yards to New Albany but got a 68-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nathan Barko to wide receiver J.J. Cooper with less than six minutes remaining and held on.

"We knew (the pass to Cooper) was there," coach Buddy White said. "It was just a matter of when we were going to call it.

"I still don't think we are that sharp yet. We had some self-inflicted wounds, but we will work them out. We will get in there, look at the film, and the one thing I always tell the kids from game to game is to make sure your next mistake is a new mistake so we can coach that next week. I don't want to be coaching the same mistakes next week. That's a good thing. It means we're growing."

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