Olentangy Liberty football coach Steve Hale doesn't need to watch film of his team's next opponent to know what to expect Friday, Sept. 13, against visiting Cleveland Glenville.
"They haven't changed anything from over the years," Hale said.
While every bit of study can make a difference, the Patriots know they'll be facing a team with big and fast athletes and a physical system built by Ted Ginn Sr., who has been the program's coach since 1997.
The Tarblooders have made 16 playoff appearances under Ginn, including in 2009 and 2013 when they were Division I state runners-up.
They beat the Patriots 19-17 last season and went 8-2 but were ineligible for the Division III, Region 10 playoffs after the OHSAA determined the Cleveland school district had incorrectly assigned some students to certain schools for participation in football and soccer.
Glenville, which lost to Liberty 24-20 in 2016 in the only other meeting between the programs, fell to Cleveland Heights 17-0 on Sept. 6 to drop to 0-2.
The Patriots followed an opening 31-19 win over Pickerington North on Aug. 30 by beating Huber Heights Wayne 19-10 on Sept. 6, both at home.
Liberty has six home games this season, including four of its five non-league contests.
"(Glenville is) big and fast," Hale said. "They're 0-2, but they're really talented. The team we lost to last year has almost all of their players back. They have big-play potential just about every play. It's going to be a great test. They'll do a little bit of everything (offensively) and defensively they're a 4-3 team. This is the third time playing them and they're always a class act."
Against Wayne, Corbin Parrish completed 20 of 27 passes for 222 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and also rushed for 44 yards.
Aidan Kenley rushed for one touchdown, Cam Barcus had six catches for 72 yards and one score, A.J. Rausch had five receptions for 61 yards, Dom Magistrale had four catches for 55 yards and Kyle Wilson scored on a 24-yard reception.
Liberty, which was called for nine penalties, played without senior linebacker Tyson Chapman because of injury. His status for this week is undetermined.
"We did OK (offensively against Wayne)," Hale said. "Corbin is starting to feel things better and the receivers are starting to get a feel for the package and the routes. The defense played really, really well."