Olentangy High School football coach Mark Solis probably could not have envisioned losing a game in which his offense amassed 452 yards and the defense allowed only 14 points, but that was the situation in which the Braves found themselves after a 17-14 loss to Hilliard Darby on Aug. 24.
Three lost fumbles and 14 penalties for 125 yards, including an offensive pass interference call that negated a potentially game-winning touchdown with 8 seconds left, helped cost the Braves a season-opening win in front of their home crowd.
Now, Olentangy will play its first road game of the year Friday, Aug. 31, against a Miamisburg team that scored 49 points last week, allowed only 72 yards of offense and is seeking its fifth playoff appearance in six years.
"Our defense played hard (against Darby). We just didn't do well on offense," Solis said. "One drive, we started with two false starts. Now you're at first-and-20. It's hard enough to win games anyway without beating yourself. We are not good enough to win making those kinds of mistakes. We're just not. It (was) disappointing."
Quarterback Connor Haag threw touchdown passes of 21 yards to wide receiver Caden Kaiser and 20 yards to tight end Ian Drummond, and completed 29 of 48 passes for 324 yards.
"We told our kids all week that in Week 1, the team that holds on to the ball and makes the least number of mistakes wins. We didn't do that and they won," Solis said. "It is disappointing. I am proud of the effort, but you can't expect to win games against teams like that playing like that. We made too many mistakes. We ran out of time. We have to learn from this."
Miamisburg, which is coming off a 4-6 season and was the Division II, Region 8 runner-up two years ago, routed host Cincinnati Northwest 49-7 on Aug. 24. Quarterback Tate Vongsy threw two touchdowns to wide receiver Jackson Myers and completed nine of 14 passes for 132 yards and three scores.
Running backs Braden Barr, Zion Lewis and Jon Yerkins each added a touchdown run.
Vongsy, a third-year starter who oversees the Vikings' wing-T offense, is one of 28 seniors for Miamisburg. Yerkins is a dual threat, having rushed for 554 yards and seven touchdowns last year as well as catching 10 passes for 133 yards and a score.
The game will be played in 6,000-seat Holland Field, which opened before last season.