The Olentangy High School football team enters its Friday, Sept. 7, home game against Holland Springfield in unfamiliar territory and preparing to face a potent offense.
For the first time since 2009, the Braves are 0-2. They previously had started all but one season under sixth-year coach Mark Solis at 2-0.>> Week 2 Scores & Recaps <<
In 2015, Olentangy split its first two games before winning 10 in a row and finishing as Division I, Region 2 runner-up.
The Braves gained 240 yards of offense in a 24-14 loss at Miamisburg on Aug. 31, but hurt themselves with two turnovers. They were 4-for-11 on third downs and quarterbacks Connor Haag and Trent Maddox were sacked six times.
Still, Olentangy led 14-10 going into the fourth quarter on Haag's 22-yard touchdown pass to Luke Riedel.
Riedel also accounted for the Braves' other touchdown, a 3-yard run in the first quarter. He rushed for 23 yards on four carries and caught four passes for 43 yards.
Miamisburg scored two unanswered touchdowns in the final 7 minutes, 52 seconds of a game that was delayed more than two hours because of bad weather.
Linebacker Nick McCafferty had a game-high 14 tackles, half of which were solo.
Springfield improved to 2-0 with a 66-0 win over Toledo Bowsher on Aug. 31.
Quarterback A.J. Gucciardo, a senior and three-year starter who holds an offer from Kent State, completed 12 of 14 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns. In his career, Gucciardo -- the son of seventh-year Blue Devils coach Pat Gucciardo -- has completed 354 of 530 passes for 5,703 yards with 60 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.
Springfield returned 16 starters, including several who were part of an undefeated regular season in 2016.
Offensive lineman Logan Whitson holds offers from Ball State and Eastern Kentucky.
Third-year starting defensive lineman Michael Key has been offered by Ball State and Bowling Green.
Special teams also are a weapon, as kicker Kyle Rhonehouse made a program-record 53-yard field goal in the second quarter last week.