The Destroyers (0-4) fell to the Empire (4-0) Saturday night, spoiling both the Columbus home opener and the birthday of Destroyers receiver Fabian Guerra.
"I think we're way better than them," Guerra said after the loss, in which he put up six touchdowns (four receiving, one kick return and one rushing score) and broke a franchise record with 202 receiving yards on 13 receptions.
"I was with Albany last year for a week," Guerra pointed out, "and they let me go, so I just had so much built up inside me. How they made me drive all the way up there and sent me straight back home...I wish we would have won."
Despite his success in getting Guerra the ball, quarterback Grant Russell also threw two interceptions as well as fumbled on the opening drive of the game.
"I'm just trying to get him to a point where he's comfortable and gets the ball out quicker," said coach Matt Sauk, while hinting that he might consider making a change at that, and other positions, as a result of the winless start to their year.
"I'm not going to continue to lose. So if I have to bring in a veteran who is better now than what we could potentially have, then I've got to do it."
But that potential is still a powerful draw.
"He's progressed," Sauk said of Russell. "I'm trying to build around Grant. So I want to have him for the future, and he's going to be great. I can say it right now. That kid will be awesome, but it's a process. And unfortunately, the process sucks sometimes."
Former Buckeye In The House
Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Troy Smith handled the opening coin toss for the game.