Moments after his team's 37-21 loss to visiting New Albany on Aug. 30, Dublin Scioto High School football coach Karl Johnson and his staff stressed to their players the importance of bouncing back.
The Irish, who fell to 1-1, will look to do just that when they visit Big Walnut on Friday, Sept. 7.
"There's a lot of football left in the season, so we don't have time to worry about last week except for the fact that how are we going to make ourselves better," Johnson said. "Our focus is we have to get better. Our goals haven't changed, and we just have to get better if we want to be able to reach those goals.">> New Albany 37, Dublin Scioto 21 <<
Big Walnut improved to 1-1 with a 42-28 win over visiting Buckeye Valley on Aug. 31. The Golden Eagles are playing five of their first six games at home.
Against Buckeye Valley, Big Walnut jumped out to a 21-0 lead midway through the first quarter as quarterback Jagger Barnett connected with Sam Elliott on a 56-yard touchdown pass, Jakob Daniels scored on a 48-yard run and Nathan Lawyer scored on a 4-yard run.
"They're a sound, solid, physical football team like they always are," said Johnson, whose team beat Big Walnut 51-21 last season. "Their defense is going to come after us. They're going to put pressure on us and our offense has to be able to handle the pressure. We have to find ways to get the ball in space and be efficient. We have to get better at our running game. Their offense does some good things."
Against New Albany, Kyron Rogers completed 16 of 31 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns and Kenyon Pannell had six catches for 55 yards and a touchdown.
"Scioto is a very good football team, chock-full of talent," Big Walnut coach Joe Weaver said. "They have speed (and) the quarterback is a very talented player. They're well-coached. They're physical up front."
Both teams play in Division II, Region 8.
The Golden Eagles are seeking their first winning season since 2014, when they finished 7-3. Last season, they went 4-6 but shared the OCC-Capital Division championship with New Albany.