The Hilliard Davidson High School football team beat Hilliard Darby 16-0 in the ThisWeekSPORTS.com game of the week Friday at home.
The Hilliard Davidson High School football team beat Hilliard Darby 16-0 in the ThisWeekSPORTS.com Game of the Week Friday at home.
With the win, the Wildcats improved to 10-0 overall and won the OCC-Central Division title outright with a 7-0 league mark.
Darby dropped to 8-2 and 5-2.
"I'm very happy to be 10-0 and our league champion, but I don't think we played well offensively, defensively or on special teams," Davidson coach Brian White said. "We screwed up on a number of plays, with a lot of dead-ball penalties, a missed field goal and some missed assignments, but at the same time, I'm grateful that we were able to beat Hilliard Darby because they're a very good football team."
Davidson's defense held Darby's spread option offense to 150 rushing yards on 38 carries and 162 yards overall. Darby quarterback Matt Allen rushed for a team-high 48 yards on 19 carries, but was 2-for-7 passing for only 12 yards.
"We go against that style of offense every day in practice, and we've practiced against it for years, so we should know how to stop it," Davidson defensive end Keith Heitzman said.
Darby had the ball inside Davidson's territory twice in the first quarter, but the Panthers ended both possessions with turnovers. Caleb Day was stripped of the ball inside the Wildcats' 30-yard line for one turnover and Cody Topp later recovered a fumble by Dante Talley on Davidson's 37 for the other.
"We were able to do some things offensively in the first half, but we kept hurting ourselves with mistakes," Darby coach John Santagata said. "Late in the second quarter and in the second half, they were able to sustain long drives to keep the ball out of our hands and further limit what we do."
In the second quarter, Davidson put together an 18-play, 86-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 4-yard run by Alex Mickley with 23.1 seconds left.
On his scoring run, Mickley broke three tackles on his way into the end zone.
"I saw that I couldn't get around them, so I lowered my head and tried to power my way in," Mickley said. "It was a tough run, but I did it for our seniors, because this was their night."
On the opening drive of the second half, Heitzman blocked a punt with his left hand that eventually was knocked through the back of the end zone for a safety.
"I've only blocked a punt one time before in a high school game," Heitzman said. "My job was to contain on that play, but I got a good jump on (Matt Cyrus) and I just ran forward and got my hand out there. I honestly didn't think I was going to get a block until I felt the ball hit my hand."
On its ensuing possession, Davidson put together a 15-play, 56-yard touchdown drive, which consumed 6 minutes, 39 seconds and was capped by a 3-yard run by Mickley.
"I got some key blocks on my second one," Mickley said. "It feels really good to win the OCC championship in a big rivalry game like this."
HILLIARD DARBY 0 0 0 0 -- 0
HILLIARD DAVIDSON 0 7 9 0 -- 16
HD--Mickley 4 run (Detmer kick)
HD--Safety, Heitzman blocked punt through back of end zone
HD--Mickley 3 run (Detmer kick)