By Jarrod Ulrey, THISWEEKSPORTS.COM
In addition to victories last fall over two teams that went on to make the playoffs, the Worthington Christian football team captured its first MSL-Cardinal Division title.
The Warriors have reached another program milestone by opening with three consecutive wins for the first time.
Worthington Christian, which is 3-0 overall and in the league after beating Fisher Catholic 38-17 on Sept. 10, will play its only scheduled non-league game before the playoffs are set to begin Oct. 9 when it travels Friday, Sept. 18, to Dayton Christian.
A year ago, the Warriors beat Fisher Catholic 31-21 in Week 6 and Dayton Christian 31-22 a week later. All three teams made the postseason and finished 8-3.
“I feel really great about (our start to this season),” junior wide receiver Jaiden Reynolds said. “We’ve been practicing really hard every day, trying to get better, and I’m really happy for the team. We kind of have a bond because we do stuff in the summer to get better and we just get better together.”
Dayton Christian, which also is nicknamed the Warriors, has qualified for the playoffs in two of the last three seasons but lost 30-23 to the Middletown Christian club team on Sept. 12 to fall to 0-3.
The only OHSAA program Dayton Christian has played is Troy Christian, a Division VII team that beat the Warriors 42-6 on Aug. 28.
Against Middletown Christian, quarterback Preston Sellers completed seven of 14 passes for 112 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and rushed 12 times for 74 yards and one score.
Running back Darren Swift had nine carries for 57 yards, and Jason Oliver and Jamison Bates both had one touchdown reception.
Defensively, linebacker Luke Alexander had 13.5 tackles and three tackles for loss.
Worthington Christian has outscored its first three opponents by a combined 111-25 despite having new players at quarterback in freshman Hobie Raikes and at running back with sophomores Cayden Lassiter and Ethan Albert.
Raikes was 11-for-19 passing for 265 yards and four touchdowns against Fisher Catholic, with six of those completions going to Reynolds for 183 yards and two scores.
Junior linebacker Tyler White, who had 12.5 tackles against Fisher Catholic, has led the defense.