The Dublin Jerome football team will look to extend its winning streak to four games when it plays host to Delaware on Friday, Oct. 11.
The Celtics improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division with a 31-0 win at Thomas Worthington on Oct. 4. That same night, Delaware slipped to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the league with a 36-21 loss at Worthington Kilbourne.
Since winning two of their first three games under second-year coach Scott Wetzel, the Pacers have lost three in a row.
Jerome was projected to be third in Division I, Region 2 through Week 6, behind Toledo Whitmer and Coffman. The top eight teams in the region qualify for the playoffs.
"They're a good football team," Wetzel said. "They run the ball a lot more than last year when they did a little more with their passing game. Their offensive and defensive lines are both really good. That'll definitely be a strong test."
Against Thomas, quarterback Ryan Miller completed 17 of 23 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns, Adam Booth rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and Seth Carter had five catches for 77 yards and a score.
"I'm proud of our defense," Jerome coach Bob Gecewich said. "The defense is playing great. They're working really hard. We're excited that we actually have some semblance of the forward pass."
Delaware led Kilbourne 14-7 after one quarter, but was outscored 29-7 the rest of the way.
Jahi Broussard-Nash rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Pacers.
"Delaware has some good size, they have some good-looking dudes," Gecewich said. "They play aggressively on defense. They get into a million different formations on offense. Their quarterback (Blake Eiland) and running back (Broussard-Nash) are really dynamic. If they get into the open field, we're in trouble."
Jerome defeated Delaware 35-21 last season.