The Olentangy Berlin football team is in its second season, which means moral victories are of no concern to coach Mark Nori.
The Bears lost to visiting Canal Winchester 24-21 on Sept. 6, but they led 14-0 at halftime.
The learning process continues Friday, Sept. 13, when Berlin travels to Toledo St. John's.
"As a team and as a group that was only our 12th game," said Nori, whose team is 1-1. "We're still learning how to do things and winning is one of them. We have to learn how to win in the second half. We played well enough to win, and it didn't show on the scoreboard."
St. John's also is 1-1, coming off a 56-14 loss to Whitehouse Anthony Wayne on Sept. 6. Junior quarterback Brady Lichtenberg completed 30 of 40 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns, and senior wide receiver Dimitri Mitsopoulos had 13 receptions for 139 yards and two scores.
"They don't do anything fancy, but have good players and they have a come-at-us attitude," Nori said. "We have to be road warriors and be ready to play when we get there."
Against Canal Winchester, Johnny Spinner led the Bears with 89 yards rushing on 30 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown. Justin Rader had two catches for 53 yards.
After an injury prevented quarterback Jake Moeller from playing in a 51-0 opening win over Briggs on Aug. 30, he returned in the second half against the Indians and was 3-for-11 passing for 68 yards with a 6-yard touchdown run. Dylan Reyes started at quarterback and had a 1-yard scoring run.
"If you go back and watch film of the Briggs and Canal (Winchester) games from last year, you can see our heads are spinning and we aren't 100 percent sure of what to do," Nori said. "That's gone now. Physically, we're better, and we're a more physical team right now. We continue to grow together.
"We're turning the corner, and now we can address things like being up 14-0 at half and holding a lead. We need to learn how to win games like this."