The talk for the last couple weeks around the Upper Arlington High School football team had been about who they would not be playing with.
Coach Mike Golden was getting a little sick of it.
"We just talked about, 'Stop worrying about who's injured and do your job, and do it to the best of your ability,'" Golden said. "If you do that, we'll be successful."
With all due respect to center Kacy Yuhas and linebacker Chris Cennamo, both of whom have missed the past two weeks with injuries, UA didn't appear to need them last Saturday. Playing against a Gahanna team that had pitched a shutout the previous week, UA scored touchdowns on its first six possessions and never allowed Gahanna's offense to get going at all in a 42-7 rout in Marv Moorehead Stadium.
Tommy Farwick ran for 172 yards on just nine carries and scored on touchdown runs of 3, 53 and 71 yards. Alex Drake gained 117 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, and Isaac Wildermuth racked up 117 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. When Wildermuth scored on a 63-yard run with 4:16 left in the first half, the ensuing extra point by Spencer Parsons made the score an astounding 42-0.
As a team, UA gained 451 yards on the ground.
The game was originally scheduled for last Friday, but lightning forced the game to be delayed a day. Coach John Snoad of Gahanna said that he knew that if his team didn't return Saturday with the right mindset, it wouldn't be in for a rough night.
"We told our kids that the team that handles this the best will win the game tonight," Snoad said. "I'm not sure if we were ready to play or not. I thought we were. We knew that Upper Arlington was a really good football team, and they showed that tonight without a doubt."
Gahanna scored with just over a minute remaining in the first half when quarterback Cord McCallister hooked up with Ryan Ballenger for a 14-yard touchdown.McCallister also was Gahanna's leading rusher with 41 yards on 11 carries.