Angel Juarez kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime to give Franklin Heights a 10-7 win over visiting Central Crossing on Friday, Sept. 9, snapping the Falcons' 14-game losing streak.
Franklin Heights hadn't won since a 22-13 victory over Olentangy Orange on Oct. 10, 2008. The Falcons did not play in 2009 after a levy failure resulted in the cancellation of fall sports in South-Western City Schools.
The Comets, who beat the Falcons 34-20 last season, ran four plays in overtime and turned the ball over downs.
The Falcons sent out Juarez on fourth down, and his kick split the uprights.
"I just wanted to hit the belly of the ball," Juarez said.
"It's awesome to get this victory for the kids, especially the ones that have been here the last two years," Falcons coach Rodney Hopkins said. "It's remarkable for them - the joy that I saw in their faces and their eyes. This was a great win for the seniors that are going out."
Before the field-goal attempt, Hopkins said he overheard his players vow that it would not be blocked.
"Angel was kind of off to the side and I heard those guys telling each other, 'We're going to get low and stay low. Nobody touches the kicker,'" Hopkins said.
The Falcons improved to 1-2 while the Comets fell to 0-3.
"Both teams played their butts off. It was a great game and a great game to watch. Unfortunately, we were on the other side of it tonight. Hats off to Franklin Heights and getting it done on their home field," Central Crossing coach Chris Harr said.
Franklin Heights took the lead on its first play when senior John Pyles ran 82 yards for a touchdown. Pyles finished with 134 yards rushing and had seven tackles.
Monte McBride scored on a 6-yard run for Central Crossing in the second quarter.
The Comets managed only 67 yards rushing and senior Dylan Simpson was 3-for-9 passing for 22 yards.
CENTRAL CROSSING 0 7 0 0 0 -- 7
FRANKLIN HEIGHTS 7 0 0 0 3 -- 10
FH--Pyles 82 run (Juarez Kick)
CC--McBride 6 run (Bostard Kick)
FH--Juarez 36 FG