The Dublin Jerome High School football team will be looking to extend its winning streak to four games when it plays host to Delaware on Friday, Oct. 6.
The Celtics improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division with a come-from-behind 33-32 win at Thomas Worthington on Sept. 29.
"It's not bad. It's better than the alternative," coach Bob Gecewich said of the winning streak.
Delaware, which has lost two consecutive games by shutout, dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Cardinal with a 31-0 loss at Worthington Kilbourne on Sept. 29. The Pacers lost to Scioto 10-0 on Sept. 22.
"Delaware is big and they're going to be hungry," Gecewich said. "They do some things offensively that we traditionally don't see. They have more of a wing-T base to them. They're going to be physical."
Jerome trailed Thomas 26-7 in the second quarter and 32-21 after three quarters before rallying for the win. Quarterback Hayden Schell scored on a 3-yard run with 5 minutes, 6 seconds left to cut the Celtics' deficit to 32-27 and then threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Brim with 6 seconds left to complete the comeback.
Schell completed 18 of 34 passes for 146 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, and rushed for 58 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Robert Cope rushed for 202 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, and Brim had 10 catches for 68 yards and two scores.
"I was happy with our second-half effort and execution," Gecewich said. "The first half was pretty much Murphy's Law -- anything that could go wrong went wrong, and a lot of it was self-inflicted. Even in that second half, we had a whole bunch of mistakes that we have to fix."
The Pacers were limited to 87 total yards by Kilbourne.
Freshman quarterback Blake Eiland had a season-high 264 rushing yards in a 38-8 win over Washington Court House on Sept. 15.
Delaware is coached by Mike Golden, who missed the final six games last season while undergoing treatment for lung cancer.