After a tough Week 1 that saw the Olentangy football team drop its season opener for the second consecutive year, the Braves will face a different offense in their home opener.
Olentangy will play host to spread-oriented Miamisburg on Friday, Sept. 6, coming off a 23-13 loss at Hilliard Darby in which it allowed 288 of the Panthers' 297 yards to come on the ground and were held scoreless until the fourth quarter.
The Braves also are already fighting injuries, as tight ends Ethan Hand and Nathan Rudawsky both left the Darby game early. Hand, who also is a standout at linebacker, was injured in the first quarter and did not return, and Rudawsky came out with cramps but coach Mark Solis said he "will be fine."
"We deserved to lose (and Darby) deserved to win. That's really what it comes down to," Solis said. "People say the greatest improvement takes place between Week 1 and Week 2 and we've got a lot to work on. I think what was disappointing for me was seeing our lack of physicality and just the mistakes. I am not happy with our snaps. They just weren't good."
Quarterback Trent Maddox completed 18 of 25 passes for 177 yards and fourth-quarter touchdowns to Daniel Kelly (17 yards) and Jace Middleton (22 yards). Maddox also threw an interception.
Olentangy, which wrapped up a four-year series with Darby, also lost to the Panthers 17-14 last year.
Miamisburg opened with a 28-21 home win over Cincinnati Walnut Hills on Aug. 30.
Quarterback Braden Barr completed seven of 14 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns, two to Christian Davis and one to Tamar Thomas.
The Vikings run a spread offense under first-year coach Lance Schneider, who went 107-63 in 16 seasons at Claymont Northmont from 1999-2014 with eight playoff appearances and eight Greater Western Ohio Conference championships.
Miamisburg went 7-3 last year and missed the playoffs by one spot in Division I, Region 3.
This is the final year of a two-year deal between the schools.
Olentangy is scheduled to play host to Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin in Week 2 next year.