Olentangy Orange football coach Zebb Schroeder knows exactly what his players will be facing Friday, Sept. 20, at Big Walnut.
Schroeder expects a physical game from the Golden Eagles, who hold a 6-5 edge in the series but haven't beaten the Pioneers in five years. Big Walnut won the matchup 35-10 in 2014, when it finished 7-3 for its last winning season.
Orange has won the last four meetings: 35-7 last season, 35-10 in 2017, 47-0 in 2016 and 21-14 in 2015. It also won 10-0 in 2012.
"Like any Big Walnut team, the physicality is there at all positions," said Schroeder, whose team is 2-1 after losing to Pickerington North 38-17 on Sept. 13. "Their wide receivers are physical. Their linemen are physical. Everyone is physical."
The Golden Eagles have won two in a row, including 21-14 over Shelby on Sept. 13 to improve to 2-1. Quarterback Jagger Barnett was 9-for-18 passing for 78 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, and he rushed for 81 yards on 13 carries.
Tyler Crotinger rushed for 145 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries, and Zach Barnecut caught four passes for 46 yards and one score.
"I really like their quarterback," Schroeder said. "He has a year under his belt in their system and he's tough. They spread things out for him this year."
Against North, the Pioneers trailed 21-0 after one quarter.
"We didn't play our best game," Schroeder said. "When you play a team that has a couple of big-time home-run hitters (like Jack Sawyer and Chris Scott), you cannot make the mistakes we made.
"We spotted them seven points and spotted them field position. We did not play well and we didn't execute the way we are capable of doing."
Quarterback Spencer Hawkins had 52 rushing on 12 carries, including a 44-yard touchdown. He was 11-for-25 passing for 99 yards with one interception.
Henry Groce ran four times for 68 yards, and Jake Vanchieri gained 47 yards on 14 carries with one score. Caden Konczak caught six passes for 68 yards.