Brandon Schoen scored two touchdowns to lead the Olentangy Orange High School football team to a 22-8 victory over visiting Olentangy Liberty on Friday, Sept. 2, in the second meeting between the teams.
Orange, which lost 29-15 to Liberty last season, improved to 1-1 and Liberty fell to 0-2.
"Losing to them last year was harsh because they're another school rival, so it feels great to not lose to both Olentangys," Schoen said, referring to his team's 27-21 loss to Olentangy on Aug. 26.
Schoen rushed for 83 yards on 12 carries before leaving the game early in the third quarter because of muscle cramps. He also had cramping problems against Olentangy, playing sparingly in the second half.
Orange wide receiver Lucas Wolford also missed much of the second half because of cramping after running for 85 yards on three carries in the first half. He gained 30 yards on an end-around to set up the Pioneers' first touchdown and ran for 52 yards on another end-around to set up their second touchdown.
Fullback Michael Forbes and running back Deyshon Hill helped fill the void. Forbes ran 22 times for 109 yards and a touchdown, including 63 yards on 14 carries in the second half. He scored on a 9-yard run on third-and-1 with 48 seconds left.
Hill ran for 50 yards on 11 carries in the second half.
"Those guys stepped up big because the last game the slack kind of fell, but they knew what they needed to do this game and picked it up for the guys who went down," Schoen said of Forbes and Hill.
With Liberty trailing 16-0, Patriots defensive back Matt Muntean intercepted Orange quarterback Daniel Bull at the Liberty 2 and returned the ball 30 yards. The Patriots then went on a 68-yard, six-play drive, capped by a 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Joey Longhino with 11:02 left in the fourth quarter. Longhino connected with A.J. Motika on a pass for the two-point conversion to make it 16-8.
Longhino was intercepted by Jacob Potts at the Orange 18-yard line on the Patriots' next possession and the Pioneers followed with a 17-play drive capped by Forbes' touchdown, which sealed the win.
"Our offensive line got a good push on their defensive line tonight and that really helped us," Orange coach Brian Cross said. "We controlled the tempo of the game. And defensively, I thought our kids did an outstanding job; they bent but they didn't break. Their only score came off of a turnover."
Orange took a 6-0 lead on its second possession, driving 80 yards in eight plays. Schoen capped the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run with 4:21 left in the first quarter, but the Pioneers missed the extra point.
On their next possession, the Pioneers went 91 yards in seven plays, capping the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run by Schoen with 9:04 left in the second quarter. The extra point by Bryan Schrader gave Orange a 13-0 lead.
On the ensuing possession, Liberty drove 81 yards in 18 plays, but the drive stalled at the Orange 9 when Longhino overthrew Bryson Wray in the end zone on fourth-and-8.
Liberty also missed an opportunity to take an early lead when Samuel Vucelich missed a 29-yard field goal attempt with 8:14 left in the first quarter. The scoring opportunity was set up by defensive lineman Luke Fleming, who recovered a fumbled snap by Bull.
Schrader put Orange ahead 16-0 with a 32-yard field goal with 8:05 left in the third quarter.
Longhino completed 17 of 35 passes for 178 yards but was intercepted twice.
"We played poorly," Liberty coach Steve Hale said. "We just didn't do things well and that stems from me. I've done a poor job of preparing this team obviously for this season. We're not a very fundamentally sound team right now. We've got to go back and work on fundamentals. Whatever we're doing is not working right now, and that's my fault."
The temperature at the start of the game was 87 degrees.
LIBERTY 0 0 0 8 -- 8
ORANGE 6 7 3 6 -- 22
OO-Schoen 12 run (kick failed)
OO-Schoen 3 run (Schrader kick)
OO-Schrader 32 FG
OL-Longhino 6 run (Motika pass from Longhino)
OO-Forbes 9 run (kick blocked)