The Hilliard Davidson High School football team survived a scare Friday against visiting Brookhaven.

Quarterback Jake Trubiano's 4-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 7 seconds remaining lifted the Wildcats to a 24-21 victory. Davidson improved to 2-0 and Brookhaven fell to 1-1.

After a sluggish first half by both teams, action heated up in the second half.

After a delay of nearly an hour because of lightning, the teams combined for 35 points in the final 16 minutes of the game.

Trailing 17-0 after Trubiano scored on a 6-yard run with 3:52 remaining in the third quarter, Brookhaven scored 21 consecutive points to take a 21-17 lead midway through the final quarter.

Tailback Andrew Herrell sparked the comeback with a 4-yard touchdown run 38 seconds into the fourth quarter and the Bearcats closed to within 17-14 less than two minutes later after D.J. Greggs recovered a fumble by Trubiano and ran 17 yards for a score.

Brookhaven capped its comeback when Herrell broke free for a 49-yard touchdown run with 6:39 remaining. Herrell, who rushed for 256 yards in a 14-7 win over Chillicothe in the opener Aug. 22, finished with 104 yards on 21 carries.

"They showed exactly what can happen when you get one score," Davidson coach Brian White said. "The emotion and momentum are such a huge part of the game and I wish somebody would write a book about momentum and figure out why it's such a powerful thing. It seems like once it gets going one way it's so hard to get going back the other direction."

But Davidson spoiled the upset bid after taking the ensuing drive 67 yards for the winning score. Trubiano connected with Adam Frazier for a 12-yard gain and the pair hooked up again moments later for a 10-yard gain on fourth-and-8 from the Davidson 42.

Running back Rico Butler then made a huge contribution as he rushed for 40 yards on five carries to put Davidson into scoring position. Trubiano capped the drive with his score.

"All the adversity that we faced tonight, going down 17-0 and to put 21 points on the board and all we asked them to do was make one play at a time and they did," Brookhaven coach Anthony Thornton said. "Hilliard Davidson just made better plays at the end and that's a credit to them. That's what they're supposed to do.

"We have to find a way to get better. We showed our explosiveness tonight. We showed what ability we have. We just have to make it happen from beginning to end. When we do that someone is going to have to reckon with us."

Davidson's defense accounted for the game's first score as linebacker Tyler Backstrom recovered an errant Brookhaven pitch in the end zone with 3:34 left in the opening quarter.

"That was awesome," Backstrom said. "I was pretty excited. I liked that. I didn't think I had the ball. At first it was under my legs. I just managed to hold onto it by the time the ref saw it."

The Wildcats added to their lead early in the third quarter as J.D. Detmer kicked a 19-yard field goal.

The game was stopped with 3:52 left in the third quarter and Davidson appeared headed to a comfortable win after Trubiano scored the first of his two touchdowns after the break.

"This says our kids have a little bit of heart and they know how to win," White said of the comeback. "There's something to be said about knowing how to win. When you learn how to lose you become a loser, and when you learn how to win you become a winner. Our kids know how to win and maybe we win some games we probably shouldn't win and I'm not sure if tonight wasn't one and I'm not sure if last year's game against them wasn't a win that maybe we shouldn't have got (14-13 Davidson), but our kids know how to win and they were able to pull it out."