Olentangy at Thomas Worthington: Braves hoping for strong defensive effort against Cardinals

STEPHEN BORGNA
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Olentangy quarterback Kaden Doup gives Olentangy Berlin defensive back Ryan Horstman a stiff arm as he runs for a touchdown Sept. 4.

The Olentangy football team is off to a 2-0 start in games that looked very different, and Braves coach Mark Solis is hoping for a defensive effort more like the one he got in Week 1 when his team visits Thomas Worthington on Friday, Sept. 11.

Olentangy defeated Olentangy Orange 7-3 on Aug. 28, but gave up 556 yards of total offense in a 45-33 victory over Olentangy Berlin on Sept. 4.

“We have a lot of fundamental-type things we’ve got to get cleaned up from last week,” Solis said. “We didn’t do really well defending the pass.

“This week’s more about us and how we need to continue to improve in our individual drills so our units can come together and play better. We have to do a better job, especially on defense.”

Against Berlin, Landon Johnson rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries and quarterback Kaden Doup completed eight of 14 passes for 68 yards and a score. Doup also rushed for 71 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

Berlin quarterback Jacob Moeller had a big game against the Olentangy defense, however, completing 18 of 28 passes for 444 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.

Thomas will be looking to rebound from a 56-21 loss to Dublin Jerome in its OCC-Cardinal Division opener Sept. 4 after a 30-0 victory over Newark on Aug. 28.

The Cardinals hung with Jerome until the third quarter, but the Celtics scored 28 unanswered points in the fourth to pull away.

Jerome quarterback Ryan Miller completed 17 of 20 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns while running back Preston Everhart rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.

Thomas quarterback Isaac Settles finished 14-for-22 passing for 186 yards and two touchdowns against Jerome, but he was intercepted three times — with two of those interceptions returned for touchdowns.

“Obviously, we’ve got a lot of mistakes we’ve got to clean up,” Thomas coach Mike Picetti said. “(Week 2) was a tight game up until about three minutes left in the third quarter, and then the wheels fell off.”

Against Newark, Settles was 6-for-12 passing for 52 yards and two touchdowns, and he also ran for 181 yards and a score on 14 carries.

The OCC-Cardinal matchup will be the first meeting between the teams since 2008, when Olentangy won 26-21.

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WEEK 3

OLENTANGY at THOMAS WORTHINGTON

•When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11

•Last meeting: 2008, Olentangy 26-21

•Olentangy (2-0 overall, 1-1 in OCC-Cardinal) to date: Defeated Olentangy Orange 7-3; def. Olentangy Berlin 45-33

•Thomas (1-1 overall, 0-1 in OCC-Cardinal) to date: Def. Newark 30-0; lost to Dublin Jerome 56-21

•Top Cardinals: Camden Beatty (DB/WR), Sam Carver (OL/DL), Reese Dykstra (LB/LS), Ethan Gerding (OL/DL), Jayden Harris (RB/DB), Jayvaun Lane (DB), Brandon Ross (TE/DL) and Isaac Settles (QB)

•Top Braves: Kaden Doup (QB), Jason Feasel (OL/DL), T.J. Gadd (OL/DL), Caleb Gossett (WR/DB), Ethan Hand (TE/DL), Landon Johnson (RB/LB), Daniel Kelly (WR/DB), Jace Middleton (WR/LB) and Toby Wilson (OL)