The Hilliard Davidson High School football team rolled to a 26-0 halftime lead en route to a 33-0 win over visiting Thomas Worthington on Friday, Sept. 23.
Senior running back Alex Mickley led the Wildcats, rushing for 235 yards and touchdowns on 25 carries as Davidson improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Central Division.
Mickley scored on runs of 2, 6 and 43 yards in the first half to help his team open a 23-0 lead with just under 5 minutes left in the second quarter.
Jack Johns, who has replaced graduated standout J.D. Detmer as the Wildcats’ kicker, added field goals of 31 and 26 yards in the first half.
Detmer is a freshman kicker at the University of Toledo.
A highlight in the first half for for Thomas — which fell to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Central — was Nana Kyeremeh’s 62-yard kickoff return. Chris Harris chased down Kyeremeh and forced him out of bounds at the Davidson 35 for a touchdown-saving tackle with 4:30 left in the half.
Will Shary’s 52-yard field goal attempt fell short to keep Thomas off the board.
Despite the shutout, Davidson coach Brian White was not pleased with his team’s performance.
“It’s too hard to win. It’s too hard to beat good coaches,” White said. “Thomas is obviously down a little bit this year. The frustrating part is we didn’t play to our potential tonight and that’s all we ever ask of our kids is to reach their potential.”
Thomas coach Scott Gordon was pleased with his team’s defensive effort in the second half, as it limited Davidson to just Troy Richter’s 2-yard touchdown run with 4:43 left in the game.
Justin Cunningham and Rockwell Dendiu had fumble recoveries for the Cardinals in the second half.
“That was a pretty good football team that we went up against,” Gordon said. “We made some key mistakes in the first half that really hurt us. It’s a tough team to come back on. They have a real stingy defense. We couldn’t get anything going offensively all night long, but I’m proud of the way our guys fought hard, especially in the second half on defense.”
THOMAS 0 0 0 0 -- 0
DAVIDSON 13 13 0 7 -- 33
HD--Mickley 2 run (Johns kick)
HD--Mickley 6 run (kick failed)
HD--Johns 31 FG
HD--Mickley 43 run (Johns kick)
HD--Johns 26 FG
HD--Richter 2 run (Johns kick)