The Hilliard Davidson High School football team plays host to Lancaster on Friday, Sept. 23, in a battle of teams heading in opposite directions.

The Hilliard Davidson High School football team plays host to Lancaster on Friday, Sept. 23, in a battle of teams heading in opposite directions.

The Wildcats lost their second consecutive game, falling at Olentangy Liberty 28-3 on Sept. 16. It marks their first two-game losing streak since 2014 when they dropped back-to-back games to Dublin Coffman (24-9) and Central Crossing (21-20, OT).

Meanwhile, after starting 0-2, Lancaster has won two consecutive games, including a 56-21 win over Newark on Sept. 16.

"We're both sitting at 2-2, but they're coming off of two wins and we're coming off two losses, so there's certainly a little confidence issue that comes into play," Davidson coach Brian White said. "They're probably feeling real good about themselves and our kids aren't feeling too good about themselves."

Mistakes have haunted the Wildcats the past two games, especially against Liberty, as a fumble on the opening kickoff and a blocked punt led to two Patriot touchdowns.

White said it was the first blocked punt allowed by the Wildcats since 2005.

"We have to figure out a way to get better fundamentally, compete harder and do all the things that Davidson football has done that we haven't necessarily done for the last couple of weeks," White said. "It's not the losing. It's not playing well. I can tolerate losing, but what I can't tolerate is some of the stupid things we've done to cause ourselves to lose."

Ryan Royer rushed for 82 yards on 28 carries against Liberty and has rushed for 481 yards and eight touchdowns on 107 carries on the season.

Quarterback David St. Clair has rushed for 286 yards and one touchdown on 52 carries.

The Wildcats attempted their first passes this season against Liberty, with St. Clair completing four of eight attempts for 31 yards.

Lancaster features a solid running game, led by Shea Goss, who rushed for 104 yards and three touchdowns against Newark. Brandon Barnette ran for a team-high 157 yards and two scores.

The Golden Gales totaled 552 yards rushing on 47 attempts against Newark.

"They have five returning offensive linemen, which in their offense is huge," White said. "They have a returning starter at quarterback (Noah Dryden) and he's very dynamic and runs that offense extremely well. They're very good offensively. It's an offense that if you're not disciplined and you're not sound and you don't do your job, they're going to make you look stupid, and they've done that the last couple of weeks."

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