The Olentangy Orange football team threw a knockout punch early, using a 14-0 first quarter to build a cushion it parlayed into a 35-14 OCC-Central Division win over visiting Dublin Coffman Friday night in Lewis Center.
Pioneer quarterback Levi Davis, who finished with 137 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, found the end zone twice in the opening quarter — once from a yard out and again from 36.
His third rushing touchdown of the game — this time from 68 yards out — made it 21-0 before the Shamrocks (5-2, 1-1) got on the board with a 49-yard TD pass from Quinn Hart to Cameron Hairston just before the break.
Orange (4-3, 2-0) all but sealed the deal when Kobe Sharpe jumped on his team’s own fumble and turned it into a 14-yard TD run two minutes into the second half.
The 28-7 spread held up until the fourth, when the teams traded touchdowns to smooth out the scoring summary — Hart scored from a yard out for Coffman while Cohen Weaver scored on an eight-yard run for Orange.
Weaver backed Davis’ big night on the ground with a solid effort of his own, finishing with 11 carries for 77 yards and the score. Davis, meanwhile, completed 10 of his 15 passes for 132 yards. Will Musgrove was his top target, finishing with six receptions for 82 yards.
The defense came up big, too, with Treyton Schroeder securing a pair of interceptions.
Hart was 22-for-35 passing for 246 yards, a touchdown and the two picks to lead the Shamrocks.
Next up, Orange is slated to take on host Upper Arlington Friday night at 7 p.m.
Big Walnut 49, Worthington Kilbourne 7
Nate Severs ran for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns while Jake Nier completed all seven of his passes for 141 yards and two TDs of his own as the Golden Eagles soared to a lopsided league win over the host Wolves Friday night.
Big Walnut (3-5, 2-2) never trailed.
It led 13-0 after a quarter thanks to a pair of touchdowns from Nier — the first with his legs and the second a 23-yard scoring strike to Owen Pollock.
Severs got going in the second quarter, breaking free for a 96-yard touchdown run before Nier found Carter Dancer and Pollock for touchdown connections of five and three yards, respectively, to make it a 28-0 game at the break.
Kilbourne (0-7, 0-4) got on the board when Carson Taylor hauled in a 14-yard scoring strike from Braylon Harper, but BW answered with a 64-yard touchdown run from Severs.
Jace Murray added a 73-yard TD run in the fourth while Brady Taylor returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown to smooth out the scoring summary.
Next up, Big Walnut is slated to take on visiting Westerville North at 7 p.m. Friday night in Sunbury.
Buckeye Valley 28, St. Charles 20
The Barons picked up their third straight win, this time in come-from-behind fashion as they outscored the host Cardinals 28-13 in the second half en route to a solid non-league win Friday night in Columbus.
After a two-yard TD run from St. Charles’ (4-3, 0-1) Ryan Mooney with just more than four minutes left in the second quarter accounted for all the first-half scoring, Buckeye Valley (4-3, 1-0) got going in the third.
Malakhi Ross evened things up with a five-yard touchdown run with 5:21 left in the third and, after the teams traded TDs — BV’s coming via Liam Popovich’s 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown — the Barons used back-to-back scores in the fourth to all but seal the deal.
Nathan Huss scored from 10 yards out on a keeper with 6:23 left before Hayden Mays returned an interception 60 yards to the house to make it a two-score game with a minute to go.
Next up, Buckeye Valley will host Bishop Ready Friday night at 7 p.m.
Delaware Hayes 36, Westerville South 33
Cooper Goble drilled a clutch 26-yard field goal with 2:31 to play and the host Wildcats came up empty on their short game-tying attempt in the final seconds as the Pacers held on for a key OCC-Capital Division win Friday night in Westerville.
After a shaky start, Hayes (6-1, 3-1) found itself trying to claw out of a 26-10 hole with under five minutes left in the first half.
Fortunately, the Pacers had the combination of Jake Lowman and Austin Koslow on their side.
Koslow pulled Hayes within three, 13-10, with an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Then, after South (4-3, 3-1) took a 26-10 lead on Dominic Birtha’s second TD connection with Jeremiah McDuffie, Lowman and company took over.
Lowman, who completed 19 of his 29 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns, found Goble for a nine-yard TD with 1:42 left in the half and, after the defense forced a three-and-out to give the offense the ball at its own 46 with 32 seconds left, Lowman followed up a big 22-yard gain to Josh Russell with a 32-yard TD strike to Koslow to make it a 26-24 game at the break.
Koslow was Lowman’s top target, finishing with nine receptions for 191 yards and a touchdown.
A safety evened things up early in the third quarter and, early in the fourth, Lowman found Jaliq Wilson from four yards out to give Hayes a 33-26 lead — its first since the opening drive of the game.
South’s Nasir Phillips raced 70 yards on the first play of the ensuing drive to even things back up, setting up Goble’s go-ahead kick.
Hayes returns to action Friday night at 7 p.m. against host Dublin Scioto.
Olentangy Berlin 27, Hilliard Darby 7
The Bears scored a touchdown in all four quarters to pull away from the host Panthers for a solid OCC-Cardinal Division win Friday night in Hilliard.
Darby (4-3, 1-1) broke the scoring seal when Sage Kean scored from a yard out, but Berlin (6-1, 2-0) scored the next 27 points to put the finishing touches on the win.
The defense evened things up as Bennett Arend turned a fumble recovery into a 37-yard return for a touchdown.
From there, Mason Ziegler took over. Ziegler had touchdown runs of six and 28 yards while hauling in a six-yard strike from Harrison Brewster for another score.
Ziegler finished with 129 total yards and three TDs.
Berlin returns to action Friday night against visiting Dublin Jerome. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Olentangy Liberty 19, Upper Arlington 16, OT
Edward Oakley put the Golden Bears on top with a 30-yard field goal in overtime, but Andrew Leonard found Jake Struck for an eight-yard touchdown to lift the host Patriots to a thrilling OCC-Central Division win Friday night in Powell.
The game was tight throughout.
UA (4-3, 0-2) took a 7-0 lead when Kyle Cox found Jack Geletka for a 10-yard TD with 8:31 left in the second quarter, but Liberty (2-5, 1-1) clawed back within one on a pair of Braden Scanlon field goals — the first from 33 yards out 1:50 before halftime and the second a 32-yarder with 4:59 left in the third.
Conner McClellan made it 13-6 with a three-yard touchdown run, but was stopped short on the ensuing two-point conversion.
Jake Struck then did just that for the Patriots, evening things up with a three-yard touchdown run of his own with 4:51 left in regulation.
Leonard completed 26 of his 37 passes for 219 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Struck, meanwhile, had 78 yards on the ground to go with his two total touchdowns. Toby Gage also had a nice night, finishing with six grabs for 80 yards in the win.
McClellan led the Bears, finishing with 162 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Next up, Liberty will hit the road for a showdown with undefeated Bradley set for Friday night in Hilliard. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Olentangy 52, Thomas Worthington 7
The Braves erupted for 35 second-quarter points, parlaying a dominant 49-7 halftime lead into a lopsided OCC-Cardinal Division win over the Cardinals Friday night in Lewis Center.
Olentangy (6-1, 1-1) opened the scoring summary with a four-yard TD run from Andrew Wilber with about five minutes left in the first quarter.
Riley Clarkson scored from 17 yards out later in the quarter and, after a six-yard TD run from Preston Harrison, two long TD strikes from Ethan Grunkemeyer to Gavin Grover — the first from 30 yards out and the second from 39 — and Andrew Leech’s 60-yard punt return for a touchdown, the Braves found themselves up 42-0 with about two minutes left in the first half.
Kaden Gebhardt added a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown later in the half before Matthew Tobias hit a 38-yard field goal in the third to smooth out the scoring summary.
Olentangy returns to action Friday against visiting Hilliard Darby. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.