The Dublin Jerome football team is seeking its first 2-0 start since 2016, when it won its first seven games en route to finishing 10-2.
The Celtics opened Aug. 30 with a 34-3 win over visiting Central Crossing and will face DeSales for the first time Friday, Sept. 6, at home. The Stallions defeated Dayton Carroll 35-28 in its opener Aug. 31 as part of the Backyard Blitz at Huber Heights Wayne.
Jerome was led against Central Crossing by running back Adam Booth, who rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Seth Martin had seven catches for 58 yards and quarterback Ryan Miller threw for 78 yards and rushed for 38 yards and two scores as Jerome totaled 241 yards on the ground.
"I really liked what I saw out of (Jerome) the other night," DeSales coach Ryan Wiggins said. "They were explosive, opportunistic and very well-coached. I think Bob (Gecewich) is one of the better coaches around. They're very assignment-sound, so we've got our work cut out for us. We've got a lot of work to do if we're going to compete with a Division I OCC team."
Against Carroll, Stallions running back Quintell Quinn rushed for 75 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, Owen Faulkner had eight catches for 138 yards and Kole Perrine had three receptions for 128 yards and two scores.
The game featured 260 yards in penalties and seven turnovers.
Although DeSales may lack depth, according to Wiggins, Gecewich realizes his team will be facing a dangerous opponent.
"Their scheme is really good," Gecewich said. "They have a Division I (college-caliber) running back (Quinn) who also plays inside linebacker, and he's great at both spots."
Gecewich added that the Celtics will need a better performance in Week 2 if they are to beat the Stallions.
"We have a lot of work to do, but it's better to have to do a lot of work after a win than after a loss," Gecewich said. "We made so many mistakes the other night, but the mistakes that we made are correctable. You can say anything that you want to, but until they touch that stove and get burned, it doesn't make any sense."