For the Dublin Scioto High School football team, its final drive Friday might have seemed as long as the game itself.

Hoping to even the score against Division II state contender Toledo Central Catholic, the Irish watched a number of opportunities to reach the goal line disappear with miscues and a no-call on fourth down as Charlie Suich's pass was nearly caught in the end zone.

Central Catholic escaped Dublin with a 21-14 victory and moved to 2-0 overall.

"I thought we were very two comparable teams watching us on film," Central Catholic coach Greg Dempsey said. "They had a little bit more depth and that showed in the second half, so we have to get in better shape. We were just fortunate enough to make a play at a crucial time."

That big play came from junior quarterback David Walender, who completed a 42-yard touchdown pass to Matt Cochell with 4 minutes, 14 seconds to play.

Scioto tied the game at 14 when Marco St. John jumped above his defender to grab a 25-yard touchdown pass from Suich with a little more than six minutes left.

Scioto's final drive got as close as the Central Catholic 17. On third-and-24, Suich found an opening and reached the 3-yard line. The play, however, was called back on an illegal block in the back penalty, one of three during the 11-play drive.

"Those two minutes seemed like 15, but we just had too many little different things happen down the stretch," said Bradley McDougald, who finished with 11 carries for 52 yards.

"We had blocks in the back, penalties and we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot. It was an up-and-down game and never did I feel it was over for us."

McDougald's 14-yard touchdown pass to Eric Stamets tied the game at 7 in the first quarter.

Central Catholic's running and linebacker duo of Mike Marrow - a move-in from New Albany - and Brad Rogers, both Division I recruits, accounted for 233 yards rushing.

"If one of us comes out, it's still like the same power in there," said Marrow, who finished with 124 yards on 17 carries. "We both play both ways and we need that rest."

Rogers carried the ball five times during the opening drive that went 69 yards in 8 plays. He finished it off with a 4-yard touchdown run.

Marrow, who had 82 yards on 17 carries, put his team up 14-7 with a 24-yard touchdown run with 5:22 to play in the first half.

Central Catholic rushed the ball 47 times, compared to Scioto's 27.