Hilliard Bradley scored a touchdown on its first drive of the game, but was held to just one more score the rest of the way as the host Olentangy Liberty football team rallied for a 28-14 OCC-Central Division win Friday night in Powell.
After the Jaguars’ (3-5, 0-3 OCC) Bradyn Fleharty hit Donovan McCall for a 12-yard score with 7:06 left in the first, the Patriots (4-4, 2-1) went to work.
Jake Struck evened things up with a three-yard TD run early in the second and, after Bradley scored again — this time on a 39-yard connection between Fleharty and E.J. Teah Jr. — Andrew Leonard hit Evan Nelson for a 23-yard score to knot things at 14 with 1:39 left in the half.
Leonard came up with two more TD tosses in the third, one to Wilson Roberts (25 yards) and the other to Struck (42 yards), to account for the final margin.
Leonard completed 17 of his 25 passes for 254 yards and the three scores when all was said and done. Struck, meanwhile, had 29 carries for 141 yards while Nelson added eight grabs for 82 yards in the win.
Buckeye Valley 29, Logan 28
Garrett Carey hauled in a 10-yard TD strike from Nathan Huss with 28.2 seconds left and Tanner Domyanich converted the ensuing two-point conversion as the Barons rallied for their fifth straight win Friday night in Delaware.
Logan’s (3-5) Chris Gompf put his team ahead 28-21 with a four-yard touchdown run with 3:54 to play before Carey’s second TD of the game set up the two-point conversion for the win.
Ethan Browning (29-yard TD reception in the first quarter) and Nathan Huss (two-yard TD run in the third) also scored for Buckeye Valley (5-3).
Dublin Scioto 32, Delaware Hayes 21
The Pacers outgained the visiting Irish 339-284, but Scioto had the edge on the scoreboard when the final buzzer sounded in Friday night’s OCC-Capital Division showdown in Delaware.
Hayes (5-3, 2-3 OCC) led 7-3 after one thanks to a seven-yard TD run by Sawyer Sand with 6:39 left in the quarter.
Scioto (3-5, 3-2 OCC) took control with a 16-0 second, though. A blocked punt set up the first score before Byson Arthur scored from two yards out with 25 seconds left in the half to make it a 19-7 game.
The Irish led 32-7 before a pair of late Pacer touchdowns accounted for the final margin. Sand powered into the end zone from four yards out with 7:34 left and Jake Lowman found Austin Koslow for a 37-yard TD with 2:25 to play.
Hilliard Darby 42, Olentangy 21
Ethan Grunkemeyer completed 21 of his 29 passes for nearly 300 yards and two scores, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the host Panthers doubled up the Braves in OCC-Cardinal Division action Friday night in Hilliard.
Darby (4-4, 1-2 OCC) scored 28 second-quarter points to take a commanding 35-7 lead into halftime.
Olentangy (3-5, 0-3 OCC) got a little closer with a couple touchdowns in the fourth quarter — Jameson Rossler scored from two yards out with 10:55 left and Grunkemeyer hit Andrew Leech for a 46-yard TD in the game’s final minute — but it was too little, too late.
Javi Quimba powered a Panther offense that ran for nearly 400 yards, covering 140 himself. He also scored a pair of touchdowns in the win.
Upper Arlington 41, Olentangy Orange 10
The Golden Bears took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and rolled from there en route to an OCC-Central Division win over the host Pioneers Friday night in Lewis Center.
James Hayek led Upper Arlington (6-2, 2-1 OCC) with six total touchdowns, three through the air and three more on the ground. He found Connor McClellan from 21 yards out to break the scoring seal with 8:33 left before calling his own number on a 25-yard TD run to make it a 14-0 game.
His second rushing touchdown of the game, this time from two yards out, made it 21-0 in the final seconds of the first before his third, a 30-yard run, made it 27-0 early in the second.
The Pioneers (3-5, 0-3 OCC) scored all 10 of their points in the second — a 29-yard Carter Musgrove field goal with 6:49 to go in the opening half and an eight-yard TD run from J.J. Calip about four minutes later.
Big Walnut 27, Westerville North 17
Nate Severs ran for 131 yards and a couple touchdowns, both coming in the second quarter, to lead the Golden Eagles to a OCC-Capital Division win over the host Warriors Friday night in Westerville.
His first TD, an 11-yarder, gave Big Walnut (7-1, 4-1 OCC) a 7-0 lead with 6:36 left in the second quarter. His second, a two-yard score in the final seconds of the first half, made it a 14-0 game by the break.
North (3-5, 1-4 OCC) battled back with a big third quarter, but Big Walnut used a couple Cam Gladden field goals in the fourth to put the game away.
Also: Buckeye Valley 29, Logan 28.