As it has been doing all season, the Olentangy Liberty football team will try to figure out a way through a challenging situation when it continues OCC-Buckeye Division action Friday, Oct. 11, at home against Westerville South.
The Patriots handed the reins of their offense to senior quarterback Jackson Roberts on a full-time basis Sept. 27 and he responded by throwing three touchdown passes in a 21-14 victory over Groveport.
Then on Oct. 4 as Liberty faced its third consecutive previously unbeaten opponent in Westerville Central, the Patriots were outgained 250-137, including being held to 20 yards rushing on 32 carries, but managed a 17-7 victory.
Liberty is 6-0 overall for the fourth time and takes a 1-0 league record into its game against the Wildcats, who are 4-2 overall and opened league action Oct. 4 by losing 23-20 to Olentangy.
South has been dealing with its own adversity considering junior Brayden White will be starting his second consecutive game at quarterback after previous starter Peter Pedrozo was lost for the season with a broken collarbone in a 35-14 loss to Reynoldsburg on Sept. 27.
"Jackson Roberts, our quarterback, struggled a little bit early on (against Central) and got in a rhythm later in the game," coach Steve Hale said. "Our offensive linemen haven't seen that type of pressure before. We'll figure out who the best 11 are on offense and defense, and it could change week to week.
"We struggled a little bit offensively, and our special teams and our defense just came up big. I think there was some growth. It's a challenging thing to play in those conditions."
Against Olentangy, White completed eight of 14 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown and Aaron Gore rushed 12 times for 49 yards and one score.
Michael Mansaray has rushed for 925 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season but was limited to two carries for 6 yards after getting banged up against Reynoldsburg.
"Everybody's fantastic (in the OCC-Buckeye)," Hale said. "You have really good coaches, some high-end players and there's tremendous talent out there so you've got to try to do the best you can to prepare, and you can't make mistakes."