The Hilliard Darby High School football team routed Newark 56-13 on Friday, Sept. 9.

The Hilliard Darby High School football team routed Newark 56-13 on Friday, Sept. 9.

The host Panthers, who improved to 3-0, limited Newark to minus-6 yards en route to taking a 42-0 halftime lead.

The Wildcats, who dropped to 0-3, didn't gain a first down until the second half and finished with just 127 total yards, including minus-2 rushing yards on 29 carries.

"We cut down on the mistakes that we had made the past few weeks and we executed in the various phases of the game," Darby coach John Santagata said. "We had a good effort from our offensive line and our entire defensive line applied pressure."

Darby junior quarterback Chase Longwell rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries and was 4-for-4 passing for 78 yards and two scores before the majority of the starters were pulled in the third quarter.

"I'm feeling more comfortable (as a first-year starting quarterback) each week," Longwell said. "Our offensive line did what it's supposed to do and everyone followed their assignments and executed."

The Panthers rushed for 328 yards on 27 carries and amassed 406 yards in the first half. Darby finished with 411 rushing yards on 42 attempts and 489 total yards.

Darby senior defensive end Tae Evans had 2.5 sacks and two other tackles for a loss.

"This is the most sacks I've ever had," Evans said. "Our defense has been a big strength for us this season."

Newark gained only 25 yards through three quarters before backup quarterback Dalton Clapper guided the Wildcats to two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Clapper was 7-for-7 passing for 100 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Cartnal with 1 minute, 54 seconds left.

"Hilliard Darby's a very good football team and they beat us in every aspect of this game," Newark coach Gregg Forsythe said. "We couldn't get anything going, offensively or defensively."


NEWARK 0 0 0 13 -- 13

DARBY 28 14 14 0 -- 56

HD--Longwell 2 run (Kaplan kick)

HD--Kelso 27 pass from Longwell (Kaplan kick)

HD--Longwell 3 run (Kaplan kick)

HD--Day 30 pass from Longwell (Kaplan kick)

HD--Longwell 43 run (Kaplan kick)

HD--Payne 8 run (Kaplan kick)

HD--Kohl 3 run (Kaplan kick)

HD--Kohl 34 run (Kaplan kick)

N--Dillon 1 run (Griffith kick)

N--Cartnal 3 pass from Clapper (kick failed)