Wide receiver Matthew Bingaya hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Bender with 31 seconds left to lift the host Delaware Hayes High School football team to a 18-14 victory over Olentangy on Friday, Sept. 2.
"I just felt like we had it going on," Bingaya said. "We got a stop on defense (when the Pacers stopped running back Will Brett on a fourth-and-2 at the Delaware 30) and I felt like we had the momentum."
Bingaya - who finished with 11 catches for 126 yards, including all three of the Pacers' touchdowns - was coming back after a pass had bounced out of his hands when he was wide open. With the game on the line on fourth down, Bender went right back to Bingaya, who also had scoring catches of 4 and 25 yards.
"To call (Bingaya's performance) tremendous would be an understatement," said Delaware coach Zebb Schroeder, whose team improved to 1-1 overall while Olentangy fell to 1-1 overall. "Words can't describe the type of kid Matt is."
Delaware played quarterbacks Alex Rafeld and Bender on alternating possessions and the Braves, playing without linebacker Joshua Perry (suspension) and quarterback Andrew Horstman (separated shoulder), struggled to stop either one of them. Rafeld completed 11 of 13 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
The Pacers kept the ball away from Olentangy in the first half. Delaware limited the Braves to 13 plays for 107 yards before the break while running 39 plays for 118 yards.
Brett broke loose on a 54-yard run to give the Braves their only touchdown of the first half with 4 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
With 6:13 remaining in the first half, Pacers nose tackle Mike Herrell recovered a Jonathan Seymour fumble at the Braves' 34-yard line. Rafeld engineered a nine-play drive that included a 7-yard completion to Taylor Adair on a fourth-and-2 at the 12. A play later, he connected with Bingaya for the 4-yard touchdown.
Seymour scored on a 47-yard run in the third quarter to put the Braves ahead 14-6 before the Pacers rallied in the final quarter.
"Give credit where credit is due," Olentangy coach Ed Terwilliger said. "I think their kids played hard and their coaching staff had a nice game plan for keeping the ball (out of our hands)."
OLENTANGY 7 0 7 0 -- 14
DELAWARE 0 6 0 12-- 18
OL--Brett 54 run (Baumbach kick)
DH--Bingaya 4 pass from Rafeld (run failed)
OL--Seymour 47 run (Baumbach kick)
DH--Bingaya 25 pass from Rafeld (pass failed)
DH--Bingaya 19 pass from Bender (pass failed)