Getting referred to by his older brother's name is something that Delaware Hayes senior boys soccer player Briggy Kannally has learned to accept.

His brother, 2018 graduate Brody Kannally, was one of the program's top goal-scorers and a leader of the Euclid Entourage, which is in charge of the student section and spirit weeks for football, basketball and other sports at the school.

Their father, Tim, is a 1984 Delaware graduate who scored 69 goals in his prep career and their mother, Jennifer, also is a graduate of the school, so Briggy's history in the community is long.

The younger of the Kannally brothers has done his part to separate himself, though, developing into the Pacers' No. 1 offensive threat as a forward and outside midfielder.

He, like Brody, serves as a leader of the Euclid Entourage.

"My brother was a leader, too, so it just kind of runs in the family," Briggy said. "It's in the bloodline.

"Last year was my first year (competing in high school) without my brother and when I was a sophomore and freshman, my brother was the scorer. Last year, I got the ball more and was able to do more and people were looking for me to score. He's somebody I always looked up to in soccer, so it was cool to watch him play and develop. He kind of taught me everything I know."

Some of the skills Briggy believes he learned from his brother, such as his "skill on the ball and his shot," have been backed up by his performance on the field.

After scoring 21 goals last season, Briggy had three of the Pacers' five goals through six games this season, as Delaware was 2-3-1 overall before facing Northland on Sept. 5 and Mansfield Madison on Sept. 7 and is 0-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.

His skills, though, have gone beyond goal-scoring this fall, according to second-year coach Robb Morgan.

"Briggy is incredibly coachable and willing to do whatever is needed as a player," Morgan said. "After scoring 21 goals as a junior, we talked about his ability to score more this year on his talent, but that as he thinks about college and developing as a player, he'd be better served working on his play-making and getting others involved through concentrating on assists as well. Our first game this year, Briggy assisted on our game-winner (in a 1-0 victory over Buckeye Valley on Aug. 16). Briggy has a tremendous work ethic and competitive drive. I've never seen him take a day off."

The youngest member of the Kannally clan is Chloe, a sophomore who is a member of the Pacers' girls tennis program.

Brody is in his second season playing soccer for Ohio Wesleyan after earning first-team all-league honors as a senior for the Pacers.

Briggy has his eyes on a college future as well, with Ohio Wesleyan and Otterbein among the programs he's interested in.

He's led the offense again this fall despite continuing to recover from a groin injury that bothered him during the offseason and kept him away from part of the action when his club team, Ohio Premier, reached a regional tournament.

"The last three months, it's been an ongoing thing," Briggy said. "I just woke up one day and that game I could barely walk. I'm feeling a bit rusty right now but feel pretty good. I've just got to get some of the rustiness out."

Football team set to face Westland

Last season, the football team put together one of its top defensive performances when it beat Westland 30-7 in Week 3 on its way to a 4-0 start.

The Cougars, though, have beaten the Pacers three of the past five seasons and opened this season with a 48-28 victory over Licking Heights on Aug. 30 before facing Marion-Franklin on Sept. 6.

"I always believe you have to play physical football, but in the OCC, you also have to have speed out there," coach Scott Wetzel said. "We hope (our defense is) a combination of both where we can be an attacking defense and be physical and also be able to defend the whole field. It's a different game than when I first started. Everything is on field turf now and it's a fast game."

The Pacers' defense, which features senior linemen Everett Beach and Zach Pokorny and senior linebacker Jacob Hunsaker, will be tasked with stopping dual-threat quarterback Buddy Workman and running back Peterson Iresne. Workman threw for two touchdowns and rushed for 111 yards and three scores and Iresne had 25 carries for 240 yards and two touchdowns in Westland's opener.

Delaware began its season with a 35-0 victory over Buckeye Valley on Aug. 30 and played Marysville on Sept. 6.

Against the Barons, quarterback Blake Eiland rushed for a 95-yard touchdown and 150 yards overall and Jahi Broussard-Nash had 160 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Delaware led 21-0 at halftime en route to its eighth consecutive victory over the Barons.

Marysville entered its matchup against the Pacers following a 49-0 win over Northland in its Aug. 30 opener.

League schedule wraps up in golf

The girls golf team finished 20-6 in the four-round OCC-Cardinal tournament to tie Hilliard Darby for second place behind Dublin Jerome (26-0).

Hilliard Bradley (14-12) finished fourth, followed by Dublin Scioto (8-18), Olentangy Berlin and Worthington Kilbourne (both 5-21) and Thomas Worthington (0-14).

In the final round Sept. 4 at New Albany Links, the Pacers shot a 386 to place third behind Jerome (315) and Darby (368).

Sophomore Hayley Dye shot a 72 to earn medalist honors and finished as the league's overall medalist with a 74.5 average. Junior Faith Eden finished 10th overall with a 94.8 average and sophomore Izzy Crissinger was 13th (97.3).

"I beat my average from last year, so I was pretty happy about that," Dye said. "That was my goal this season. I felt good all day and played my game (in the final round)."

The boys team concludes its OCC-Cardinal tournament Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Denison Golf Club.

Through three rounds, the Pacers were fourth at 13-8, behind Jerome (20-1), Berlin (18-3) and Bradley (15-6). Sophomore Brady Gazarek is averaging 78.0 and senior Luke Gazarek is averaging 78.3 in league competition.

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Schedules

Below are the coming schedules for the Delaware Hayes cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Sept. 14 -- Olentangy Liberty Invitational at Liberty Park

BOYS GOLF

Sept. 11 -- OCC-Cardinal at Denison Golf Club

Sept. 12 -- Westerville North at Oakhaven

Sept. 14 -- Rodney Butt Classic at Denison Golf Club

GIRLS GOLF

Sept. 9 -- DeSales at NorthStar

Sept. 12 -- Olentangy Orange at Blackhawk

BOYS SOCCER

*Sept. 10 -- At Thomas Worthington

Sept. 12 -- At Marysville

GIRLS SOCCER

*Sept. 10 -- Home vs. Thomas Worthington

Sept. 12 -- Home vs. Westerville Central

GIRLS TENNIS

Sept. 9 -- Home vs. Westerville North

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

*Sept. 10 -- Home vs. Olentangy Berlin

*Sept. 12 -- At Hilliard Darby

Sept. 14 -- At Marion Harding

*League contest