Seth White scored four touchdowns to lead the Bexley High School football team past St. Charles 28-18 last Saturday in a game postponed from Friday.
"We knew we would face adversity in many ways, and we took it on 40 strong," Bexley coach John Smith said.
White, who has committed to Ball State, passed for 158 yards, ran for 153, kicked four extra points, averaged 41.6 yards per punt, and played a little free safety.
"This was a huge win for us," White said. "We talked all week about finishing strong and playing hard the entire game and we did that."
St. Charles, which defeated Walnut Ridge 26-20 last week, lost to Bexley for the first time since 1996.
"We just didn't make plays when we needed to and (Bexley) did," St. Charles coach Ted Wierzbicki said. "It's gonna be a tough pill to swallow, but I know our kids will bounce back. I'm proud of them."
On Friday, the Cardinals took a 3-0 first-quarter lead on a 37-yard field goal by Bradley Marchese. The field goal capped a 10 play, 75-yard drive, highlighted by quarterback Shane Bauman's 33-yard completion to receiver Mike Ryan. Bauman finished 11 of 21 for 199 yards.
"We did pretty good job today passing the football," Weirzbicki said. "One thing we still need to do is establish the run better."
Running the ball would be no problem for the Lions, who took the lead on the ensuring possession.White ended a nine play, 60-yard drive with a 6-yard, run for a 7-3 lead with 18.8 seconds left in the quarter.
White accounted for all of the yards on the drive (39 rushing, 21 passing), with his longest gain coming on an 18-yard run.
"(Saint Charles) did a lot of blitzing which forced me to step up and make plays in the open field," White said.
A muffed Bexley punt opened the door for St. Charles to take back the lead with 1:06 left in the half. Bauman hit Casey Morris for 27 yards, then connected with Ryan for 44 to the 1-yard line. Junior running back Steve Lutter lunged into the end zone from 1 yard out to send St. Charles into halftime up 10-7.
On the third play of the second half, White's 61-yard run put the Lions back on top 14-10.
"I've been coaching football for 18 years, and I've never seen an athlete like Seth White," Weirzbicki said. "He's unbelievable. You try to arm tackle him, and he's gone."
But White wasn't done yet, stretching the Lions lead to 11 with 10:52 left in the game. The nine play, 60-yard drive was capped by a White's 6-yard run.
St. Charles responded, going 80 yards on three plays and converting a two-point conversion to cut the margin to 21-18. A 71-yard catch by Jordan Wickliffe set up Lutter's second touchdown of the day with 9:09 left in the game.
That would be as close as Saint Charles would get, as White closed out the scoring with a 19-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 with 1:42 left in the game.
"This is a big game for this community," Smith said. "I'm a Bexley resident, and there are a lot of Bexley kids that go to Saint Charles, so this is a nice little 'I told you so.'"