Coach Mark Solis took a few strolls down memory lane this week as his Olentangy High School football team prepared to visit Lorain for a Division I, Region 2 first-round playoff game Friday, Nov. 4.

Coach Mark Solis took a few strolls down memory lane this week as his Olentangy High School football team prepared to visit Lorain for a Division I, Region 2 first-round playoff game Friday, Nov. 4.

Inevitably, some of Solis' thoughts involved his two-year stint with the Titans in 2011 and 2012, immediately before he was hired by Olentangy in June 2013.

On a more recent note, third-seeded Lorain reminds Solis of one of the Braves' more dramatic wins in his tenure.

"They're very athletic. They remind me a lot of Reynoldsburg," Solis said, referring to a 52-51 win over the Raiders on Sept. 8 in which Olentangy scored the final 28 points of the game. "They're a little bit more of a running team, but they have some very good athletes. They can throw, but they are effective at what they do."

Sixth-seeded Olentangy comes in at 7-3, after a back-and-forth 28-21 win at Westerville Central on Oct. 28. Fullback Zach Slade scored three touchdowns, including the winning 6-yard run with 1 minute, 2 seconds to play, as the Braves sprinted to a 21-0 lead only to watch the Warhawks come back to tie the game.

Sam Durst rushed for 122 yards on nine carries to lead the ground game, which was without running back Ali Iverson because of illness. According to Solis, Iverson might not play this week.

Lorain is riding high, having won eight consecutive games after a 0-2 start. The Titans wrapped up their regular season Oct. 28 with a 14-13 win at Cleveland Heights that also secured them the outright Lake Erie League championship.

Titans running back Carlos Chavis ran for 91 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Running back/linebacker Aaron Huff rushed for 81 yards on 19 carries and also made a game-saving tackle of Cleveland Heights quarterback Cam Searight on a fourth-and-1 in the final minute.

"Last year, we really weren't at this level -- with true passion and true grit -- that we're at right now," Lorain coach Dave McFarland told reporters.

Solis was 7-13 at Lorain. The Titans went 5-5 in 2011 and 2-8 in 2012.

"Some of my former assistants are still on the staff up there, and I probably talk to my old A.D. (athletics director Bryan Koury) about once a month," Solis said. "I left on good terms. I enjoyed my time up there."

Lorain is undefeated in four home games this season.

Huff is one of the leaders of a 3-4 defense that has allowed 22 or more points five times. Olentangy averages 29.6 points per game.

Lorain scores 33.1 points per game, and the Braves allow 22.1.

"They have some guys who go both ways, and maybe that can be to our advantage," Solis said.

"But they're tough. They've held some teams to some low point totals, and given up some points, too."

The winner plays second-seeded Dublin Jerome or seventh-seeded Findlay in a regional semifinal Nov. 11.

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