Members of the Olentangy Orange High School football team dressed up for Halloween in their mock playoff uniforms and eerily played the part Friday, as the Pioneers crushed visiting Delaware 49-7 on senior night.

Members of the Olentangy Orange High School football team dressed up for Halloween in their mock playoff uniforms and eerily played the part Friday, as the Pioneers crushed visiting Delaware 49-7 on senior night.

It was the fourth consecutive win for Orange, which finished the season 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the OCC-Capital Division.

"The way we're playing right now, it would've been great to get an opportunity to play in the playoffs, but it just wasn't in the cards this year," Orange coach Brian Cross said. "We began the year very inexperienced. We didn't have a lineman returning on offense or defense, so we knew it would take some time to grow."

The Pioneers lost two close games that kept them from reaching the Division II, Region 7 playoffs, falling to Big Walnut 23-21 on Sept. 24 and to New Albany 28-21 on Oct. 1. New Albany had already clinched a playoff berth and Big Walnut could also be a playoff team in that region.

On Friday, senior running back Jacob Vacheresse ran for 100 yards on 10 carries, senior quarterback Jared Leet rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns and junior running back Brandon Schoen also scored two rushing touchdowns.

"It feels great to finish with four straight wins," Vacheresse said. "I think if we took this team right now and began the season over again, we'd definitely be in the playoffs."

Leet's first rushing touchdown, an 11-yarder, was the Pioneers' third in a span of 1 minute, 30 seconds late in the first quarter that gave the hosts a 21-0 lead. Schoen scored on a 5-yard run and Blake Joe returned a fumble 8 yards on Delaware's next offensive play.

Then Schoen intercepted a pass from Alex Rafeld three plays later and returned it to the Pacers' 11. Leet then scampered around end to make it 21-0.

"If we couldn't get into the playoffs, this is the next best possible way to go out for all of us, especially the seniors," Leet said. "I think we wanted it more than (Delaware) did and we executed well. We showed people how good we are by the way we finished the season."

The Pacers, who finished 3-7 and 2-5, had four turnovers in the first half. However, they used Orange's lone turnover to score their only points, as Keith Butts returned Leet's fumbled pitch 45 yards to make it 21-7.

But Schoen (5) and Leet (55) added scoring runs before the half to make it 35-7. Ross Watkins (15) and Kofi Hill (1) supplied scoring runs in the second half.

"We created obstacles for ourselves as we have done all season," Delaware coach Mike Loparo said. "It's disappointing, but it is what it is. We've got to learn from it and get this program headed back in the right direction. We certainly did not want to hit the reset button the way we did this year."


DELAWARE 0 7 0 0 -- 7

ORANGE 21 14 7 7 -- 49


OO--Schoen 5 run (Schrader kick)

OO--Joe 8 fumble return (Schrader kick)

OO--Leet 11 run (Schrader kick)

D--Butts 45 fumble return (Hackett kick)

OO--Schoen 5 run (Schrader kick)

OO--Leet 55 run (Schrader kick)

OO--Watkins 15 run (Schrader kick)

OO--Hill 1 run (Hopkins kick)