The Olentangy Orange High School football team is looking to move above .500 for the first time in more than two years.

The Olentangy Orange High School football team is looking to move above .500 for the first time in more than two years.

The Pioneers are 2-2 heading into their game Friday, Sept. 23, at Newark.

The last time they had a winning record was entering the fourth week of 2014 when they were 2-1. Orange then lost three consecutive games and finished 4-6.

"Our big emphasis has been that we work hard for nine or 10 months just to play 10 weeks, and hopefully more," coach Zebb Schroeder said. "Our kids have been going out there and having fun.

"They have fun, but they also have been very purposeful and deliberate. They know if they go out and handle their individual jobs, they can continue to have fun."

Newark is 3-1 after losing to Lancaster 56-21 on Sept. 16. The Wildcats entered the season on a 13-game losing streak and have not won more than three games in a season since going 4-6 in 2007.

Their 3-0 start marked the first time they had earned three consecutive victories since winning the first four games of 2006. They also finished 4-6 that season.

Newark last had a winning record in 2005 when it finished 8-3, losing to Gahanna 21-19 in the first round of the Division I playoffs.

Running back D'ante Woods leads the Wildcats with 468 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 82 carries, and quarterback Kaleb Jarrett has completed 47 of 74 passes for 542 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.

Wide receiver Taveon Swift has eight catches for 149 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver DeJuan Shackleford has rushed for 160 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries and has four receptions for 44 yards and one score.

"(The Wildcats) are very big and really athletic," Schroeder said. "They have had some early success and their kids are really into it."

Orange defeated Big Walnut 47-0 on Sept. 16 as quarterback J.D. Dayhuff accounted for four touchdowns. He rushed for 72 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries and was 5-for-11 passing for 62 yards and one score.

Jack Applegate ran for 52 yards and one touchdown on eight carries, and Graham Starn added 40 yards and one score on 11 carries.

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