The Delaware Hayes High School football team put together a roller coaster of a drive last Friday to down Mount Vernon 28-7 at Gauthier Field.

The Delaware Hayes High School football team put together a roller coaster of a drive last Friday to down Mount Vernon 28-7 at Gauthier Field.


It was thePacers fourth-consecutive win over the Yellow Jackets and moved them to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Capital Division.

Mount Vernon, which ended its 22-game losing streak Sept. 12 by beating Olentangy Orange 22-20, fell to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the league.
But the visiting Yellow Jackets put up a fight most of the game.


Leading 14-7 late in the third quarter, the Pacers put together a 12-play, 70-yard drive which ate up 7 minutes and 19 seconds and resulted in a 48-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Wood to Nate Decker-Kessler and a 21-7 lead with 6:49 remaining.


Its a great feeling to finally make a big play for this team, Decker-Kessler said. Its been a frustrating season for me so far because I hadnt been able to make any big plays like I was expecting to make.


The Pacers started the drive with 2:08 left in the third quarter and used a mix of runs from Christion Brooks, Jacob Nicol and Wood.


Wood converted a fourth-and-1 play by running eight yards on a keeper. The drive eventually reached the Mount Vernon 27, but a holding penalty, a sack and a delay of game penalty left the Pacers with a third-and-31.


Thats when Wood found Decker-Kessler on a go route down the home sideline.


The two had hooked up on a similar situation midway through the second quarter for a 43-yard touchdown to give the Pacers a 14-0 lead. That came on a third-and-19 play and Decker-Kessler had to make a leaping grab of that one in the end zone.


Nate is the fastest kid on our team and we knew he could get behind their corner, coach Mike LoParo said. He made two tremendous catches for us on go routes. Hes had a rough season, but he came up huge tonight. Hes a play-maker and he was able to make them tonight at big times.


Wood was 7-for-9 for 155 yards and also ran for a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Jacob Nicol, who had 105 yards rushing on 15 carries, added a 7-yard touchdown with 38 seconds left for the final score.


Linebackers Evan Welsh and Tino Rivera made big defensive plays in the second half and outside linebacker Matt Cornell had two sacks. The Pacers held Mount Vernon to 59 yards in the second half and 165 total yards.


Mount Vernon blocked well, but we finally started coming off the blocks inside and coming up to make plays outside, LoParo said.
Jordan Brooks had 41 yards rushing, Cody Reed added 39 and quarterback Brian Hoar had 31 for Mount Vernon. But Hoar was 0-for-6 passing with an interception in the second half.


Jordan Williamson scored on a 3-yard run late in the first half for the Yellow Jackets.