Olentangy owned a halftime lead, and possessed the ball for most of the third quarter, but Lorain’s quick-strike offense struck late en route to a 34-14 win in a Division I Region 2 quarterfinal Friday in Lorain.
After the teams traded empty possessions throughout the first quarter, the Braves’ Zach Slade opened the scoring summary with an eight-yard touchdown run early in the second.
Third-seeded Lorain (9-2) was quick to answer, slicing into the deficit with a one-yard run from Aaron Huff before failing to convert the ensuing two-point conversion with 7:50 left in the half.
The Braves’ 7-6 halftime lead held up until the Titans took their first edge midway through the third, getting on top when Zion Cross took a pass from Justin Sturgill and sprinted 88 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was good this time, making it a 14-7 game.
Sixth-seeded Olentangy (7-4), which turned the ball over on downs inside the 10 just prior to Lorain’s long go-ahead score, had an answer of its own, evening things up when Connor Haag hit Sam Durst for a 10-yard TD with 1:26 left in the third.
With the game tied at 14, the Braves looked poised to take a late lead after an interception set them up in Titan territory, but a fumble in the red zone ended the threat.
Lorain took advantage of the miscue, too, driving the length of the field for the go-ahead score — a drive capped by a four-yard scoring strike from Sturgill to Daesean Brooks. The two-point conversion was no good, but it didn’t turn out to matter.
The Titans’ Carlos Chavis broke free for a 16-yard TD run with 2:23 left before Naz Bohannon scored on a 96-yard interception return to smooth out the scoring summary.