The Upper Arlington High School football team will be looking to end a nine-year winless drought against Hilliard Davidson when it plays host to the Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 6, in an OCC-Central Division contest.
Davidson leads the all-time series 18-5 and has won the last 10 meetings, including postseason matchups in 2015 (17-10) and 2011 (15-6). The Golden Bears' last win in the series came in 2008, 23-14.
"We know they're extremely motivated to get a win against us that they haven't had in a little while," Wildcats coach Brian White said. "We know they certainly have their eye on that, and when you take a really talented team that is extremely motivated, they are obviously very dangerous."
Both UA and Davidson also are looking to post back-to-back wins for the first time this season. The Wildcats snapped a four-game losing streak with a 40-0 win over visiting Central Crossing on Sept. 29 to improve to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in the OCC-Central.
"It's certainly nice to beat anybody at this point the way our season is going, and hopefully it will give our kids some confidence to maybe believe in themselves a little bit more because we are certainly struggling with confidence," White said.
"We're struggling with everything that allows you to be successful. Hopefully, (the win over Central Crossing) will get us back on the right track."
Kalib O'Connor rushed for 140 yards on 18 carries and Ben Wright added 78 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries to lead the Wildcats against the Comets. For the season, O'Connor has 369 yards rushing and Wright has 342 yards rushing and six touchdowns.
"Coach White and company, that staff is as good as it gets, maybe in the state of Ohio," UA coach Joel Cutler said.
"They have hard-nosed, tough-working kids. They're as good as it gets. ... We'll try to find out who their bread-and-butter (players) are and where they're going to hang their hat. We will try to devise a way to slow them down and, for ourselves, try to execute at a high level and possess the ball."
UA ended a two-game skid with a 42-7 win over Westland on Sept. 29 to improve to 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the OCC-Central.
Avery Heath had 117 yards rushing and two touchdowns and quarterback Sammy Sass passed for 125 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bears. For the season, Sass has completed 54 of 120 passes for 726 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions, and Heath has rushed for 506 yards and five touchdowns on 63 carries.
"Upper Arlington has some really good athletes in some key spots," White said.
"Their quarterback is a really good athlete with a strong arm and is a three-sport athlete (Sass also plays basketball and baseball) and you don't have many of those today, so everything kind of centers around him."