More than pride was at stake for a Dublin Scioto High School football team that entered the Battle of Hard Road at Worthington Kilbourne on Friday, Sept. 9, without a victory.
For the Irish, another loss only would further wound their psyche heading into the OCC-Cardinal Division schedule.
A dominating rushing attack made certain Scioto retained the chunk of asphalt that is the winner's trophy in the series and improved to 1-2 with a 34-19 win.
The Wolves, who dropped to 1-2, have lost two consecutive in the series for the first time since 2002-03.
"We knew that we had to get after it tonight," Scioto running back William Houston said. "Our record didn't matter. This has been a rivalry for 16 years and we knew we had to take care of business."
Scioto had 421 yards rushing and 509 total yards.
Houston had 173 yards on 26 carries with three touchdowns, including a 52-yard run that gave the Irish a 28-0 lead with 2 minutes, 41 seconds left in the second quarter.
Darius McDonald broke free for a 42-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The sophomore finished with 149 yards on 12 carries.
Irish quarterback Evan DeMars completed five of six passes for 88 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown to J-anre Hinton with 7:29 left in the first half.
"When you put a game plan together, you try to find answers for everything," Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. "The coaches came up with a good game plan that we really never had to come out of at all. Defensively, we made plays and shut down their option."
Kilbourne finished with 218 yards rushing, which included an 83-yard touchdown by Keaton Reinhart with 48 seconds left.
Two of the Wolves' drives ended with an interception and fumble in Scioto territory.
Isaac Lumpkin had 89 yards on 19 carries and scored on a 1-yard run with 24 seconds left in the third quarter.
Quarterback Brian Miller threw for 128 yards and a touchdown and completed 11 of 18 passes.
"We really had no answers," Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti said. "We threw everything in our playbook at them and we couldn't slow them down. We've got a lot of young kids who were just overwhelmed by the speed, size and strength of varsity football."
SCIOTO 14 14 0 6 -- 34
KILBOURNE 0 6 0 13 -- 19
DS--Houston 1 run (Duncan kick)
DS--McDonald 42 run (Duncan kick)
DS--Hinton 16 pass from DeMars (Duncan kick)
DS--Houston 52 run (Duncan kick)
WK--Lumpkin 1 run (kick fail)
DS--Houston 1 run (kick fail)
WK--Wright 25 pass from Miller (run failed)
WK--Reinhart 83 run (Watson kick)