The Upper Arlington football team established its running game Sept. 6 during a 49-6 win over Dayton Belmont to christen renovated Marv Moorehead Stadium.
This week, the Golden Bears will have to contain one of the best running backs in the state when they travel to Cincinnati Winton Woods on Friday, Sept. 13.
At 1-1 after its win over the Bison, UA takes on a Warriors team that won the Division II, Region 8 championship last year and was a state runner-up two years ago and is led in part by senior running back Miyan Williams, an Iowa State commit who surpassed 5,000 career yards rushing Sept. 6 during a 49-0 win over Cincinnati West Clermont.
"He is an 'A-plus-plus' player," Bears coach Jeremey Scally said. "You notice him right away, but how good their entire team is stands out immediately. Their quarterback (Mi'Chale Wingfield) is solid and their offensive line is well-coached. They come off the ball very well."
Williams has 5,039 career yards after rushing for 76 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries against West Clermont. He rushed for 2,824 yards and 38 touchdowns last year and was runner-up for Ohio Mr. Football.
Williams is one of three Division I commits for Winton Woods, along with wide receiver DeMeer Blankmusee and cornerback MiQuan Grace. Blankmusee and Grace are headed to Toledo and Rutgers, respectively.
Running back Chris Schweisthal rushed for 194 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries to lead UA past Belmont. That total singlehandedly exceeded the 122 yards the Bears had on the ground in a season-opening 23-9 loss at Reynoldsburg on Aug. 30.
Sam Cannon caught a 46-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter for the Bears, who got rushing touchdowns from Dino Gesouras (2 yards) and Carson Gresock (3 yards) in the fourth quarter.
"We came out quick and played pretty well. We got up two touchdowns and we had some momentum and they fumbled a kickoff and we recovered it and (later) scored," Scally said.
"We had to apply pressure to (Belmont) and we smothered them the best we could. We tried to load up the box (offensively) and get Chris to that second level. Once he gets some space, he can run a little bit."