Monte Davis caught two touchdown passes in the final eight minutes to lead Olentangy to a 24-21 victory over the host Marysville High School football team Friday.

Monte Davis caught two touchdown passes in the final eight minutes to lead Olentangy to a 24-21 victory over the host Marysville High School football team Friday.

Olentangy improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division and the Monarchs dropped to 3-2 and 0-2.

"We've been telling ourselves all night long that we are the comeback team," said Davis, who caught a 25-yard touchdown pass with 7 minutes, 57 seconds left and a 5-yard touchdown pass with 57.9 seconds left, both from Justin Johnson. "We knew we needed it and we came out on top."

The Braves avoided a second consecutive overtime when Marysville's Justin Brogan missed a 47-yard field goal as time expired. Marysville caught a break when time appeared to run out on the previous play, but an official ruled that quarterback Luke Fleming spiked the ball with less than a second remaining.

"This one was tough," coach Jeff Gafford said. "I told the kids afterward that everyone can steer the boat when the seas are calm. Right now the seas are little rough. They need to hang together and not point fingers."

Marysville looked like it was going to end Olentangy's streak of tight wins. The Monarchs forced four turnovers in the first half and led 21-7 at halftime.

Johnson threw three interceptions in the first half. The second turnover, an interception by Justin Brogan, led to five-play, 35-yard touchdown drive, capped by Nathan Weeks' 6-yard run.

The biggest blow came after Justin Hayes intercepted a pass from Johnson inside the Olentangy 35. After the play, Olentangy was whistled for two personal fouls which set up the Monarchs on the Olentangy 37. Six plays later Luke Fleming threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Barrett with 30.8 seconds left in the first half.

Johnson, who completed 7 of 13 passes for 92 yards in the first half, threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Christian Eicher to tie it at 7 with 8:40 left in the second quarter. Eicher also had a 26-yard catch on the drive.

"I told (Johnson) at the half if he throws three more interceptions in the second half, I'm going to play quarterback," Olentangy coach Ed Terwilliger said. "I'm proud of the fight we put up. We didn't quit."