The Hilliard Darby High School football team went on the road and defeated Dublin Jerome 42-28 in a game that was delayed nearly an hour at halftime by lightning.

The Panthers improved to 2-0, and the Celtics dropped to 1-1.

Darby senior quarterback Brandon Bargar rushed for 170 yards and four touchdowns and completed five of 10 passes for 87 yards and a score.

"I'm so proud of how our offense responded after that long break," Bargar said. "We took our pads off and got our wind back, and we went out there and really executed."

Bargar scored on a 6-yard run up the middle and threw a 9-yard touchdown pass in the first half as the Panthers led 20-14 at the break.

In the second half, he scored on a 35-yard run to make it 28-21, scored from a yard out on a sneak to make it 35-28 and scored on a 7-yard run to put Darby ahead 42-28 with one minute, 30 seconds left.

"Brandon's a competitor," Darby coach John Santagata said. "He works hard in practice and he did a nice job of leading our offense down the field. Our offensive line was impressive as well."

Steve Mehrer recovered a fumble at Darby's 11-yard line, and then scored on a 1-yard run three plays later to give the Celtics a 21-20 lead.

Following Bargar's scoring run, Jerome backup quarterback Ryan Gannon entered the game and went 3-for-3 passing, including a 58-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Wilson to tie it at 28.

"We have confidence in our backup quarterback and (starting quarterback) Kevin Jackson's a good runner, so we decided to change things up," Jerome coach Mark Hundley said.

"It worked on that drive, but Darby's a very good football team and their quarterback made some exceptional plays."