Barons pull away from Wildcats; Golden Eagles clinch share of title

By Ben Stroup - [email protected]

Joey Verdes came up with the play of the game, returning an interception 95 yards to the house to break a 7-7 tie and propel the Buckeye Valley football team to its first road win of the season Friday night at North Union.

After the defense got a few stops, which it had plenty of over the course of the game, BV’s Trent Davies iced the 21-7 win with a 28-yard touchdown run with two minutes to play.

The Barons’ first-half touchdown was an eight-yard connection between Grant Owens and Davies. North Union, meanwhile, scored its only points on a pick six of its own.

The Buckeye Valley (6-3, 4-2) defense limited the Wildcats (4-5, 2-4) to just 103 yards of total offense (54 rushing and 49 passing).

Big Walnut 14, Groveport 13

A blocked extra point made all the difference as the Golden Eagles escaped with a one-point win to clinch at least a share of the OCC-Capital Division crown Friday night in Groveport.

Down 7-0 at the half, Big Walnut (4-5, 4-0) evened things up when Nathan Lawyer powered into the end zone from a yard out with 9:03 left in the third quarter.

The Cruisers (0-9, 0-4) went back on top on the ensuing series as quarterback Colin Rice hooked up with Elyjah Aekins for a 41-yard scoring strike, but the Eagles’ Colin White blocked the PAT.

Big Walnut took advantage almost immediately, going on top for good when Tyler Ronk scored on a one-yard TD run with 2:29 left in the third. The Eagles added the extra point for what proved to be the difference.

Olentangy 48, Westerville North 14

The Braves (6-3, 2-2) set the tone early, parlaying a 38-6 halftime lead into a lopsided league win over the Warriors (2-7, 0-4) Friday night.

Already up big, quarterback Riley Bruening scored from 15 yards out with 32 seconds left in the first half to account for the halftime margin and set up a second half that was played with a running clock.

Bruening scored another TD early in the third quarter and kicker Josh Petrone, who still hasn’t missed a field goal in his high school career, booted one through the uprights midway through the fourth to smooth out the scoring summary.

Also: Hilliard Darby 35, Delaware Hayes 0.

By Ben Stroup

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