VINCENT - While Warren owns a 2-3 overall record, it is 0-0 in Southeastern Ohio Athletic League football action.
That all changes when the Andy Schob-coached Warriors host Andy Hall-led Jackson High (2-3) in a conference opener for both schools Friday at 7:30 p.m. This will also be the royal blue and white's homecoming game.
"This is our first SEOAL league game," Schob said. "Our kids are excited to compete. It is a new season and is the start of one of our team goals. It is homecoming, which brings more excitement to the environment. While there are many things going on in addition to playing a quality Jackson football team, my main focus is is on our team and making sure we play excited and intense for four quarters."
Warren has been on kind of a roller coaster ride since the start of the season, falling one week then rising the next and so on. Last Saturday night, the Warriors dropped a 43-18 decision to visiting Meigs.
A year ago, Warren gave Jackson a battle but ended up losing a 36-26 decision.
The Ironmen themselves have been struggling of late with a three-game losing streak. Thing is, though, they've been playing some pretty tough competition in undefeated teams like Athens (5-0) in Week 4 and Wheelersburg (5-0) last week, not to mention West Jefferson (4-1) in Week 3.
"Jackson's record is very deceiving," Schob said. "After dominating their first two games of the season, they have played three consecutive state-ranked teams. They have been one of the top teams in our league for years, with many league titles and playoff appearances."
Warren also played Athens and was drilled 42-6.
Jackson's wins have come against Wellston (2-3) and Waverly (2-3).
Against the top-ranked Pirates of Wheelersburg, the Ironmen were routed 49-14.
Jackson's touchdowns came on a one-yard plunge by Derek Rafferty in the third quarter and on Gabe Griffiths' 21-yard sprint to paydirt in the fourth. Griffiths led the Ironmen with 59 yards on 15 carries.
Hunter Sexton, the JHS quarterback, was 0-of-7 passing, but gained 48 yards on 10 attempts.
Meanwhile, on Saturday night, Warren trailed Meigs 12-10 at the half and 20-18 at the end of the third. The fourth period belonged to the visitors as the Marauders scored 23 points to win going away.
"Meigs was very athletic and most importantly played extremely hard and aggressive," Schob said. "We did not respond with consistent effort and intensity, and that has been the focus this week in practice."
Warren RB Jared Isner and QB Austin Klintworth each had a rushing TD for the Warriors, while Alex Miller kicked a 25-yard field goal. The royal blue and white's other points came on a safety.
David Ryan had two pass catches for 58 yards to lead Warren in that offensive category.
"We had opportunities in the Meigs game and trailed 20-18 heading into the fourth quarter," Schob said.
Defensively, Warren seemed vulnerable to the pass against Meigs, giving up 361 yards.
Jackson, on the otherhand, is primarily a run-oriented team, so the Warriors just might be stacking the line and pressuring the signal caller.
"Watching them on film, they are a typical, good Jackson football team," Schob said."