Football Week 1 Recap

Hilliard Davidson 28, Grove City 7

Wildcats pound Dawgs with rushing attack


The Hilliard Davidson High School football team pulled away in the second half for a 28-7 win over visiting Grove City on Friday, Aug. 26, in the opener for both teams.

The Dawgs closed to within 14-7 midway through the third quarter on Connor Lucas' 1-yard touchdown run, which was set up by Ryan Barbari's 72-yard interception return of a pass by Davidson's Brandon Gleim.

Davidson regained command on its next possession, however. With his team facing a fourth-and-5, Tyler Talbott took a pitch from running back Alex Mickley and scored on a 31-yard run with 48 seconds left in the third quarter.

Mickley closed out the scoring with a 2-yard run with 7 minutes, 21 seconds remaining in the game.

Davidson dominated for most of the contest, as it outgained Grove City 306-33. The Wildcats rushed for 294 yards.

"That's Davidson football," Wildcats coach Brian White said. "That's playing great defense. I'd like to see time of possession (35:47-12:13 in favor of Davidson). That's a big key for us to make sure that we have the ball for long periods of time and I felt like it was pretty good."

Mickley rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries, while E.J. Jennings added 101 yards on 16 carries.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Wildcats opened the scoring on Mickley's 1-yard run with 9:09 left in the second quarter. Davidson extended its advantage to 14-0 on Mickley's 2-yard run with 18 seconds remaining in the half.

The Wildcats appeared headed for a 21-0 lead as they drove to the Grove City 26 before Barbari changed the momentum with his interception.

"I thought our kids played extremely hard," Grove City coach Matt Jordan said. "We had them 14-7 at one point and all of a sudden it became a ball game and we had a shot. It was a big call on fourth down by coach White and his staff running that reverse. They hit it on us and it was just a great call by them."


GROVE CITY 0 0 7 0 -- 7

HILLIARD DAVIDSON 0 14 7 7 -- 28

HD--Mickley 1 run (Johns kick)

HD--Mickley 2 run (Johns kick)

GC--Lucas 1 run (Nankivell kick)

HD--Talbott 31 run (Johns kick)

HD--Mickley 2 run (Johns kick)