The defense of the Marysville High School football team thwarted Olentangy’s two-point conversion attempt in the third overtime, giving the visiting Monarchs a 14-13 victory on Friday, Sept. 23, in an OCC-Cardinal Division game.
Marysville improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal, while Olentangy dropped to 2-3 and 1-1.
After two scoreless overtime periods, Marysville took a 14-7 lead in the third overtime on a 1-yard run by fullback Joseph Boyd and the extra point by Nick Mazza. Olentangy needed only two plays to reach the end zone on the ensuing possession, with Joshua Perry scoring on a 12-yard run after gaining 13 yards on the previous carry.
After a timeout, Olentangy coach Ed Terwilliger opted to go for the two-point conversion rather than have his kicker, sophomore Joshua Baumbach, attempt the extra point. Baumbach had missed a 23-yard field goal attempt in the first overtime that would have won the game for the Braves.
On the two-point conversion attempt, Perry, who rushed for 143 yards on 32 carries, took the handoff from quarterback Jonathan Seymour and ran to the right, only to be stopped at the line of scrimmage by several Marysville defenders to end the game.
“It was a great high school football game,” Terwilliger said. “We all had our opportunities and they made the most of the one that counted.
“I thought (going for two points) was a no-brainer for us. We just gashed them for 25 yards on two carries and we were coming off the ball well, and I didn’t want to put the heat on (Baumbach). It’s not fair to do that. … The kids wanted to go (for two) and the coaches wanted to go (for two), so we did.”
Marysville turned the ball over on downs in the first overtime, as Mazza’s pass to tight end Craig Runyon on a fake field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 2 was broken up by Braves defensive back Winston Thomas.
In the second overtime, Olentangy turned the ball over when Perry was intercepted by defensive back Kyle Hites on a halfback-option pass on third-and-15 from the 18. However, the Monarchs turned ball over on their possession in the second overtime, as quarterback Connor Devine fumbled the snap on the first play and Braves defensive lineman Bryan Young recovered.
“I think what happened was originally (Terwilliger’s) instinct was to kick (the extra point in the third overtime), but the play before Perry had walked in from (12 yards),” Marysville coach Jeff Gafford said. “When you walk in from (12), I think 3 is doable. I told the guys that they would run the same play to Perry and we made a slight adjustment (on defense) … and we got the stop.”
Marysville opened the second half with an unintentional onside kick that was recovered by Austin Pfarr at the Olentangy 47. Three plays later, Kody Davisson broke free for a 40-yard gain to the Olentangy 2, setting up his 1-yard touchdown run with 9 minutes, 54 seconds left in the third quarter.
“We wanted to kick off to the 20 and it went to the 45, so it was a miss (kick), but it was a nice way to start the half,” Gafford said.
Olentangy scored on its first possession of the game, capping a 10-play, 70-yard drive with a 7-yard pass from Seymour to wide receiver Onyebuchi Okafor with 6:49 left in the first quarter. The score was set up by a 17-yard pass from Andrew Horstman to Okafor on a fake punt on fourth-and-10 from the Marysville 39.
The Braves missed an opportunity to extend their lead late in the first half, as Seymour fumbled a snap on second-and-goal from the Marysville 2. After the meeting by the officials, the Monarchs were awarded the ball with 17 seconds left in the second quarter.
“Going (into halftime) down 7-0 is a lot better than 14-0,” Gafford said.
The turnover ended a 22-play, 88-yard drive that lasted 10:36.
MARYSVILLE 0 0 7 0 0 0 7 -- 14
OLENTANGY 7 0 0 0 0 0 6 -- 13
O--Okafor 7 pass from Seymour (Baumbach kick)
M--Davisson 1 run (Mazza kick)
M--Boyd 1 run (Mazza kick)
O--Perry 12 run (run failed)