Dublin Villager


Wilson standing out for Jerome


Dublin Jerome High School senior running back Donovan Wilson is winding down what has been a record-setting prep football career, one he's hoping to cap with a postseason berth.

But the Celtics face an uphill climb to what would be their third playoff appearance and first since 2008.

"Hopefully we can win the rest of our games," Wilson said. "We can do it, we just have to keep working hard."

The Celtics fell to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division with a 20-7 loss to Hilliard Darby on Sept. 22. The game began Sept. 21, but was suspended because of bad weather.

Wilson rushed for 103 yards with a 1-yard touchdown on 33 carries, but Jerome was limited to 130 total yards.

"We have to start playing better and I need to start playing better," Wilson said. "I take it personally. I know I'm supposed to make plays for the team and I didn't do that in last week's game."

Jerome will look to bounce back on Friday, Sept. 28, when it visits Westerville North, which will try to snap a 40-game losing streak.

The Celtics defeated North 49-2 last season and lead the series 4-0.

"I'm definitely not happy," coach Mark Hundley said. "It's not so much the record as much as we're just not playing smart football and that upsets me. The record is probably the result because we're not playing smart football, but if we were playing smart and had a 2-3 record, I'd probably be OK with it."

Scioto, Darby and Westerville South are tied for first in the league at 2-0. Jerome and Westerville Central are both 1-1.

The Celtics play host to Scioto on Oct. 5 and South on Oct. 19.

"The rest of the teams on our schedule better get ready for Donovan because he's getting ready for them," Hundley said.

For the season, Wilson has 802 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 155 carries.

The 6-foot-1, 212-pound Georgia Tech recruit holds program records for career rushing yards (3,530), career rushing touchdowns (41), rushing yards in a season (1,420 in 2011) and rushing touchdowns in a season (16 in 2011).

His six touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Delaware on Sept. 7 also is a program record.

Wilson is following in the footsteps of his brother, Cam, a 2012 Jerome graduate who holds program records for receptions in a game (13), season (77 in 2010) and career (175), along with receiving yards in a game (258), season (1,079 in 2010) and career (2,625).

Cam Wilson has been redshirted for his freshman season at the University of Iowa.

Donovan Wilson selected Georgia Tech over Boston College and Purdue.

"It's real cool," he said of being able to join his brother as a Division I college player. "It's exciting. We both really have a passion for football, so it's good to see that we're both getting a chance to play at the next level."

Last season, the younger Wilson was first-team all-league and second-team all-district. He said he wouldn't have enjoyed this much success without the contributions of his offensive line.

"I'll have some incredible memories," he said. "All my best memories come from playing for Dublin Jerome."