Olentangy Berlin at Dublin Jerome
After facing Marysville’s power running attack a week ago, Dublin Jerome football coach Bob Gecewich said his team faces a totally different challenge this week.
The Celtics will attempt to contain quarterback Jacob Moeller as they play host to Olentangy Berlin on Friday, Sept. 18.
“Our league might be the most diverse offensively,” Gecewich said. “You have Marysville, which is wing-T. (Hilliard) Darby is power and triple option. (Coach Mark) Solis runs everything at Olentangy, and Berlin has been torching the skies.”
Jerome will face the Bears coming off a 31-12 loss at Marysville on Sept. 11, which dropped the Celtics to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.
Jerome quarterback Ryan Miller completed 17 of 29 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions, and Preston Everhart rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and added five catches for 35 yards and a score.
Carter Barco had five receptions for 73 yards.
“We have a bunch of injuries, we have a bunch of kids out, and we’re playing a bunch of young guys, but excuses don’t exist,” Gecewich said. “Everyone has adversity. Football doesn’t care about adversity. Football cares about what you did day-in and day-out.”
Berlin earned its first win Sept. 11, defeating Hilliard Darby 48-41 to improve to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the league.
Moeller completed 13 of 21 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns, and he passed for more than 400 yards in losses to Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy the previous two weeks.
For the season, he has completed 58 of 90 passes for 1,125 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.
Berlin’s Nick Tiberio rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and Bennett Lawrence had four receptions for 125 yards and three scores against Darby.
The Celtics have won both games in the series, 37-17 in 2018 and 25-20 last season.
“Jerome has always done a good job against us on both sides of the ball,” Berlin coach Mark Nori said. “They’re very well coached and they don’t make mistakes. They have the ability to run and pass, so we have to be a well-trained team in all facets of the game.”
OLENTANGY BERLIN at DUBLIN JEROME
•When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18
•Last meeting: 2019, Jerome 25-20
•Berlin (1-2 overall, 1-1 in OCC-Cardinal) to date: Lost to Olentangy Liberty 35-21; lost to Olentangy 45-33; defeated Hilliard Darby 48-41
•Jerome (1-2 overall, 1-1 in OCC-Cardinal) to date: Lost to Dublin Coffman 41-6; def. Thomas Worthington 56-21; lost to Marysville 31-12
•Top Bears: Antonio Alonso (OL/DL), Jon Harder (OL/DL), Bennett Lawrence (WR/LB), Ethan Lee (RB/LB), Aiden Loeffler (WR/DB), Jacob Moeller (QB), Colin Pethtel (WR/DB), Justin Radar (WR/DB), Nick Tiberio (RB/LB) and Cole Troyer (OL/DL)
•Top Celtics: Carter Barco (WR/DB), Addi Blair (LB), Preston Everhart (RB), Kyler LaRosa (OL/DL), Seth Martin (WR/DB) and Ryan Miller (QB/DB)