Ryan DiSabato never saw his 31-yard field goal with seven seconds left sail through the uprights in Olentangy's 24-21 victory over the visiting Delaware Hayes High School football team last Friday. But somehow he knew it was good.

Ryan DiSabato never saw his 31-yard field goal with seven seconds left sail through the uprights in Olentangy's 24-21 victory over the visiting Delaware Hayes High School football team last Friday. But somehow he knew it was good.

"I kept my head down and made sure I didn't look up but just followed through," DiSabato said. "It felt good when it left my foot. It's a great win in a county rivalry game."

The Braves improved to 2-0 and the Pacers fell to 1-1.

Trailing from the second quarter, Olentangy scored 11 points in the final 12 minutes. Tom Carpenter intercepted a pass by Taylor Brown at the Olentangy 6 and then the Braves went on a 94-yard drive on 19 plays to take a 21-14 lead. Johnson hit running back Joseph Eischenbach on a 3-yard outlet pass for a touchdown with 9:05 remaining in the fourth quarter.

But the Pacers, who have beaten Olentangy only once -- 21-7 in 2004 -- in Olentangy coach Ed Terwilliger's 19-year tenure then drove 83 yards in 11 plays and tied the game at 21 with 4:12 remaining.

Delaware had a chance to take the lead but was forced to punt with 39.6 seconds left. After getting the ball on the Delaware 36, Justin Johnson hit Justin Gingery for a 12-yard pass to set up the winning field goal.

"We just had too many mistakes," coach Mike LoParo said. "We had a touchdown pass called back because of an ineligible man downfield and two delay of game penalties that killed us. Overall I was proud of our kids. They got behind and they fought back, but we're going to have to get in there and clean up the little things."

The Pacers led 14-13 at halftime in a game that had two weather delays in the first half. The start was delayed 20 minutes, and then Olentangy scored 10 points in the opening five minutes.

Led by Eischenbach, the Braves drove 62 yards in four plays. Christian Eichler scored on a 16-yard run. Olentangy defensive back Ben Spragg then intercepted a pass by Taylor Wood, and after the Olentangy drive stalled at the 22, DiSabato made a 39-yard field goal.

Delaware responded by going 80 yards on 12 plays, capped by Jacob Nicol's 1-yard run. On its next possession, Brown hit Calvin Turner for a 43-yard touchdown on third-and-10 with 7:30 left in the first half.

The Braves looked like they were going to retake the lead after a 9-yard run by Eischenbach set them up at the Delaware 1. After Eischenbach was stopped for no gain and then tackled for a 3-yard loss, DiSabato made a 22-yard field goal to cut the Pacers' lead to one point.

LOOKING AHEAD -- The Pacers finally will get to play in front of the home crowd, as they entertain Olentangy Liberty on Friday.

Liberty, which lost its opener to Dublin Coffman 10-7 on Aug. 22 when Kyle Clinton kicked the winning 30-yard field goal with 1:09 left, has qualified for the playoffs the past four seasons.

The Patriots lost 17 graduates after last season when they fell to Ashland 28-21 in the first round of the Division II playoffs to finish 8-3. The Patriots, who played Thomas Worthington last Friday, have 24 seniors, but only four offensive starters and three defensive starters returned.

Against Coffman, the Patriots played without their leading returning rusher in senior Allen Eggleston, who watched from the sideline with an ankle sprain. He rushed 144 times for 641 yards and 14 touchdowns and had a team-best 1,127 all-purpose yards last year.

Backup running back Joe'l Murphy is expected to be out a few more games with an ankle injury and running back and defensive back David Seaquist broke an arm in the opener.

"We've been really banged up coming out of two-a-days," coach Steve Hale said after the opener. "It's not an excuse, it's just the fact of the way things are. We've lost three backs in three weeks."

Senior Clay Lust, a move-in from Marion Pleasant, ran for 74 yards on 10 carries, including a 39-yard touchdown. He also had a number of tackles on defense from his linebacker position.

Junior Zach Michael is the quarterback in the shotgun attack after being a receiver last year. He threw two interceptions against Coffman. Seniors Ben Rausch and Cameron Whitner return at receiver.

On defense, Liberty is led by end Michael Hilty, a Cincinnati recruit.

Senior Victor Kaczkowski joins Lust at linebacker. Other key players on defense include senior noseguard Damien Capretta and Whitner in the secondary.

At a glance



When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last meeting: 2007, Liberty, 38-6

Patriots to date: Lost to Dublin Coffman 10-7; played Thomas Worthington

Top Patriots: Damien Capretta, Allen Eggleston, Todd Henderly, Michael Hilty, Victor Kaczkowski, Clay Lust, Zach Michael, Ben Rausch, David Seaquist and Cameron Whitner



Star: Olentangy's Joseph Eischenbach, who rushed for 153 yards on 18 carries and caught four passes for 23 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown from Justin Johnson

Key play: Ryan DiSabato made the winning 31-yard field goal with seven seconds left.

Key stat: DiSabato made all three of his field-goal attempts.

Of note: Olentangy's Justin Gingery caught one pass -- 12 yards from Johnson -- but it helped set up DiSabato's winning kick.