The Dublin Scioto High School football team will look to even its record in the OCC-Cardinal Division when it plays host to Delaware on Friday, Sept. 23.

The Dublin Scioto High School football team will look to even its record in the OCC-Cardinal Division when it plays host to Delaware on Friday, Sept. 23.

The Irish dropped to 2-2 overall with a 28-14 loss at unbeaten Jerome on Sept. 16 in their league opener. The Pacers, who will be playing their league opener against Scioto, fell to 3-1 with a 35-21 loss to visiting Mansfield Senior on Sept. 16.

The matchup between Scioto and Delaware also will have playoff implications, as the Pacers were projected to be ninth in the Division II, Region 7 computer ratings through four weeks and Scioto was projected to be 16th. The top eight teams in the region qualify for the playoffs.

"Delaware is a physical, athletic team," Irish coach Karl Johnson said. "This is a big game for us if we want to stay in the league and playoff races."

Backup quarterback Anthony Rogers led the Pacers against Mansfield Senior, scoring on a 70-yard run and throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Buford and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Miles Roberts.

Delaware, which is coached by Mike Golden, was only 1-for-13 on third-down conversions against the Tygers.

Johnson said Scioto had its chances against Jerome, but was hurt by costly turnovers and penalties. The Irish committed two turnovers and were flagged nine times for 95 yards, while the Celtics were called for 10 penalties for 85 yards.

"I thought we played tight in the first half, myself included," Johnson said. "Our kids want to win so bad. We were ready to play. We had a good game plan. The kids were ready. I think we have a chance to be a good football team. I think we're good enough to beat that team. We weren't good enough (Sept. 16). (Jerome is) a good football team. They're 4-0 now for a reason. They're doing the little things right and we're doing the little things right, except when we're tight. We just can't do that."

Quarterback Noah Densel was 19-for-31 passing for 192 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against the Celtics. He connected with Jacob Jones on a 19-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and with Weston Talentino on a 34-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Evan Hutras had nine catches for 74 yards against Jerome.

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