When Dublin Scioto High School football coach Karl Johnson watches film of his team’s next opponent, Olentangy Berlin, he sees more than just a squad with one victory in its first seven games.
Johnson sees a young team that continues to improve each week, and he knows the first-year Bears will be ready to play when the Irish visit Berlin on Friday, Oct. 12, for an OCC-Cardinal Division contest.
“They’re a new school, but one thing I know is that they have gotten better every week,” said Johnson, whose team is 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the league. “They took (Hilliard) Darby to the whistle (in a 24-21 loss on Sept. 28) and they continue to get better. All the kids had zero varsity time coming into the season, and now they have seven weeks under their belts. They have a good game plan and they’re not going away from it.”
The Irish are coming off a 28-17 win over league-foe Worthington Kilbourne on Oct. 5 in the Battle of Hard Road. Quarterback Kyron Rogers was 12-for-19 passing for 259 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Pete Hrelec rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, and Kenyon Pannell caught six passes for 151 yards and two scores.
“It’s just another upper-level team that presents another challenge for us as a new program,” Berlin coach Mark Nori said. “We’re looking to grow and get better. If you want to be the best, you have to compete against the best. That’s the way we look at it.”
The Bears are coming off a 48-20 loss at Hilliard Bradley on Oct. 5 that dropped them to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Quarterback Jacob Moeller led Berlin by completing 16 of 22 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Jalen Weitzel caught eight passes for 138 yards and one score, and Ethan Lee had a 17-yard touchdown reception.
“They may be young, but we have to have a 48-minute mentality like we do every week,” Johnson said. “It’s the second week of October, and we still have a lot of work to do.”