Coach Mark Nori said his Olentangy Berlin High School football team will face some new wrinkles in Week 3.
The Bears will try to stop the multiple-formation attack of Toledo St. John's on Friday, Sept. 7, at home. It's just another of the numerous obstacles the first-year program will see this season.
"We're still building our foundation and (the Titans) have been around a long time, so this is good for us because our kids are learning how to prepare for different teams and different situations," said Nori, whose team dropped to 1-1 with a 27-13 loss at Canal Winchester on Aug. 31. "They are a little different than the first two teams we faced. They are a multiple-set offense instead of spreading you out like we saw the first two weeks (in a 53-22 win over Briggs on Aug. 24 and against Canal Winchester).">> Week 2 Scores & Recaps <<
The Titans improved to 1-1 by defeating Perrysburg 19-7 on Aug. 31. They lost to Bowling Green 15-8 on Aug. 24.
"Another thing is their defense," Nori said. "We have seen pretty much three down-linemen in the first two games and they are different in that respect with four. It will be good for our team because we haven't gone through a season and we have to get used to shifting gears for teams from week to week."
St. John's junior wide receiver Dimitrios Mitsopoulos caught 11 passes for 213 yards and touchdowns of 60 and 58 yards against Perrysburg. Sophomore quarterback Braydon Lichtenberg was 18-for-28 passing for 259 yards, but the Titans had just 16 yards rushing.
Against Canal Winchester, the Bears opened the scoring on a 20-yard interception return by linebacker Corey Hill but managed little else. The offense finished with 141 total yards, including 54 rushing.
Johnny Spinner rushed for 36 yards on 15 carries and Jake Moeller was 12-for-31 passing for 87 yards with two interceptions. Jake Lewis kicked field goals of 46 and 41 yards.
Hill had two interceptions and six tackles. Linebacker Trevor Scott had 11 tackles, and defensive lineman Jake Hill had 8.5 tackles.