The Canal Winchester football team has found ways to win its first two games, including a 44-yard field goal by Avery Musick in the final minute Sept. 6 to pull out a 24-21 victory at Olentangy Berlin.
That extended the Indians' winning streak to 11 games dating to last season, but coach Josh Stratton implored his team to take its effort to another level this week as it prepares for a Friday, Sept. 13, home game against another 2-0 team in Teays Valley.
"We have to practice better," Stratton said. "We practiced like crap every day (last week). It was bad. One of the things we want to be is the best practicing team in the state of Ohio. ...
"(Berlin) did a tremendous job taking things away from us that were successful. We're glad to get away with a win, but we definitely need to wake up."
Canal Winchester trailed 14-0 at halftime but pulled into a tie on a 1-yard touchdown run by Stephan Byrd and a 63-yard scoring run by Tyler Toledo. Jonathan Chandler's 50-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown early in the fourth tied the game at 21. Then, with 41 seconds left, Musick made the field goal to give the Indians the win.
Toledo rushed for 94 yards on seven carries as the Indians outgained the Bears 218-174 in total yards.
Despite winning 10-7 at Logan on Sept. 6, Teays Valley was outgained 267-72 and held without an offensive touchdown.
Cale Clifton's 24-yard field goal early in the second quarter and Chance Littler's 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half proved to be enough as the Vikings erased a 7-3 halftime deficit.
Quarterback Tristan McDaniel threw touchdown passes of 40 and 28 yards to Dale Hubbard in a season-opening 14-10 win at Chillicothe on Aug. 30. Hubbard also had two interceptions as a defensive back as the Vikings limited the Cavaliers to 137 total yards.
Canal Winchester is seeking its eighth consecutive win over Teays Valley, which it edged 14-7 last year.
"We played well enough on defense (last year) to win the game. We have to get better on offense," Stratton said. "We need to put some drives together and be more balanced. Teays Valley will come into our place and be hungry and be ready to go."