The Olentangy football team takes some momentum into its longest road trip of the season Friday, Sept. 13, when it travels two hours to suburban Toledo to visit Holland Springfield.
Coach Mark Solis was thrilled with a 37-6 home win over Miamisburg on Sept. 6 in which his team posted 415 yards of offense -- 220 passing and 195 rushing -- and got nine tackles each from linebackers Mitch Grubb and Zach Kershner. The Braves led 23-6 at halftime.
"We didn't play all that bad against (Hilliard) Darby (in a 23-13 season-opening road loss Aug. 30) but they did a great job of playing keep-away and we didn't capitalize on all the chances we had," Solis said. "(On Sept. 6, quarterback) Trent Maddox played well. We had a great game from our running back (Landon Johnson, who rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries) and that was a testament to how well our offensive line played. Our defense played a lot better. We made a lot of improvements."
Maddox completed 15 of 21 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns -- all to Jake Coleman -- behind a line whose personnel was shuffled last week, including moving left guard Toby Wilson to center.
Brady Ramsey started at inside linebacker for the injured Nick Boyarko, who hopes to return this week.
Springfield, which has made the playoffs two of the past three seasons, fell to 0-2 with a 55-27 loss at Sandusky on Sept. 6. This week is the Blue Devils' home opener.
Darnell Thomas, a transfer from Toledo Scott, has replaced the graduated A.J. Gucciardo at quarterback. Gucciardo, the son of Springfield coach Pat Gucciardo, now plays at the University of Toledo.
Running back Josiah Pressley rushed for two touchdowns against Sandusky, which led 41-0 in the second quarter. Thomas also threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to J.T. Hale.
"I wouldn't let their record and scores be an indicator of what they are. They're good," Solis said. "They have athletes who run well and a mobile quarterback you have to account for. They involve (Thomas) in the running game and defensively, they fly around."