The Dublin Scioto football team saw its second-half rally against St. Charles in its opener Aug. 30 come up short.
The Irish will look to rebound from their 28-21 loss to the visiting Cardinals when they visit New Albany on Friday, Sept. 6.
Scioto, which trailed St. Charles 21-0 at halftime and 28-7 in the third quarter, played without senior quarterback Chad Ray, who was named starter during the preseason but suffered a leg injury in the Irish's final scrimmage. According to coach Karl Johnson, Ray likely will miss the game against New Albany as well.
Junior Ibby Abumallouh replaced Ray and completed 11 of 27 passes for 166 yards and one touchdown against St. Charles.
"It was his first varsity start and he came in and he has a good understanding of the offense," Johnson said of Abumallouh. "He did a lot of good things. He'll be more comfortable and he'll have a better feel for how fast the game is played."
Jordon Penn rushed for 63 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown and Joe Trent had a 77-yard touchdown reception as the Irish outgained the Cardinals 260-252 in total yards.
Tobias Thomas, a senior wide receiver and defensive back who had 39 catches for 578 yards and five touchdowns and was named second-team all-district and all-OCC-Cardinal Division last season, had enrolled at Ridge Community in Lakeland, Florida, this summer, but has re-enrolled at Scioto and is back with the team, according to Johnson. Thomas did not play in the opener and also will sit out the game against New Albany, Johnson said.
New Albany opened Aug. 30 with a 48-21 loss to visiting Westerville South.
The Eagles are expected to be without second-year coach Bubba Kidwell this week. Kidwell was hospitalized following the game against South after suffering a heart attack, according to New Albany athletics director Richie Wildenhaus.
Wildenhaus said Kidwell experienced chest pain during the game. He was evaluated at an urgent care overnight and later transported to a hospital with symptoms of a heart attack.
Offensive coordinator Brian Finn will be acting head coach in Kidwell's absence. James Yarbrough will be acting defensive coordinator, a role Kidwell continues to fill after serving in that capacity from 2013-17.
Reed Hall led New Albany in the loss to South, rushing for 202 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries. Mechi McCaulley added 85 yards on 12 carries.
"New Albany is a good football team," Johnson said. "They lost, but they ran the ball for nearly 300 yards and their running back is always a good, physical player. They're always very technically sound. They move the ball, control the clock. You have to be able to get yourself off the field."