Beginning the league schedule brings about a familiarity, even for a second-year football program such as Olentangy Berlin.
The Bears still will be seeking their first OCC-Cardinal Division victory when they play host to Delaware on Friday, Sept. 20, but coach Mark Nori said his players are looking forward to knowing what to expect on the field.
"After three weeks, we're looking to get into some OCC play," said Nori, whose team is 1-2 after losing at Toledo St. John's 42-19 on Sept. 13. "It's hard when kids aren't familiar with who they are going up against, a lot like when we went up to play St. John's. But they know the kids from Olentangy, Worthington and Dublin from when they played them in youth leagues growing up. They look forward to those matchups."
The Pacers are 2-1 after defeating Westland 49-6 on Sept. 13, as they rushed for 296 of their 381 total yards.
Jahi Broussard-Nash rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and also caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Blake Eiland. Logan Eubanks ran for 98 yards and one score on 14 carries, and Eiland was 3-for-9 passing for 79 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
"They present a lot of problems for us," Nori said. "They have three-down linemen on defense and have good athletes on the edge. Coach (Scott) Wetzel does a great job with them, and I know he will have them ready for everything we have to offer."
Berlin committed four turnovers and did not force any against St. John's as Titans quarterback Brady Lichtenberg was 23-for-30 passing for 403 yards and four touchdowns.
Bears quarterback Jake Moeller competed 15 of 24 passes for 261 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Jack Nebraska caught five passes for 83 yards, including a 10-yard score, and Connor Gavin had four receptions for 85 yards.
Johnny Spinner rushed for 81 yards on 26 carries, and Jake Lewis kicked field goals of 35 and 26 yards.