Coming off a disappointing second-half against Hilliard Davidson, the Hilliard Darby football team will look rebound Friday, Sept. 13, at Lancaster.
The Panthers fell to 1-1 with a 30-14 loss to the visiting Wildcats on Sept. 6. Darby led 14-6 after three quarters, but was outscored 24-0 in the fourth.
Three miscues on special teams played a major role in the loss.
"The goal is to bounce back," coach John Santagata said. "It's going to come down to our leadership and our senior group. Do they embrace that challenge and do it."
Quarterback Jack Stultz helped stake Darby to the lead against Davidson, finishing with 104 yards rushing, including a 1-yard touchdown, on 20 carries. The Panthers' other touchdown came on a 10-yard run by SeVeon Stewart.
"We didn't play very well in all three phases of the game," Santagata said. "We didn't have a complete game and we have a lot of work to do."
Lancaster is 0-1 and hasn't played in two weeks. The Golden Gales opened with a 24-22 loss to Watterson on Aug. 30, but their game against Hamilton (Ontario) Cathedral on Sept. 6 was canceled because Cathedral did not have enough players.
Quarterback Titan Johnson, who directs Lancaster's wing-T offense, passed for 140 yards and a touchdown against Watterson. Casey Finck had four catches for 135 yards and a score and George Sherrick rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
"They've been a wing-T team for years and last year they ran a shotgun package," Santagata said. "They run the wing-T as good as anyone. It's a challenging offense to stop with all the misdirection. They usually have some big boys on the offensive line and their defense is always sound. They do a great job defensively. They present unique challenges for us."
The Panthers edged Lancaster 14-13 last season. The teams' previous meeting came in 2015, when Darby defeated the Golden Gales 17-10 in the first round of the Division I, Region 2 playoffs.