The Upper Arlington High School football team spotted Worthington Kilbourne seven points before scoring 49 in a row to cruse to a 56-21 win in an OCC-Central Division game at Morehead Memorial Stadium.
The Golden Bears improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the OCC, and the Wolves fell to 1-4 and 0-2.
The visiting Wolves drove 65 yards on their first possession and took a 7-0 lead on a 5-yard run by Brian Miller.
It was all Upper Arlington after that. Chris Frey took the ensuing kickoff 96 yards to tie the game at 7. The Golden Bears scored on their next four possessions to take a 35-7 halftime lead.
“We came out a little flat and let them drive on us,” UA coach Mike Golden said. “Give them credit, because they are a struggling, young team. Once we got going and established the run, we were in pretty good shape.”
Jared Drake led the Golden Bears with 95 yards on six carries and a touchdown. Frey added 43 yards on six carries, adding a 12-yard scoring run. Francis Wilamosky had 42 yards on nine carries.
UA quarterback David Smith completed 10 of 11 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown pass was 11 yards to Ryan McSheffery, who added another score on a 2-yard run.
“Our O-line did an unbelievable job,” McSheffery said. “That was a testament to our week of practice. All week they dominated our defense, which was great to watch, and it carried onto the field tonight.”
Both of McSheffery’s scores came in the first half. Also in the first half, Gus Ackley busted for a 19-yard touchdown run and Drake ran one in from 7 yards.
Three of the Golden Bears’ drives started deep in Wolves territory as a result of interceptions. Garrett Powers picked off Kilbourne quarterback Brian Miller twice and Alex Husted had the other.
“We thought the key was to get them into long yardage because they struggle to throw out of that offense.” Golden said.
In the second half, Frey scored from 12 yards on the Bears’ second possession. Drake added a 35-yard touchdown run before Kilbourne answered with a 67-yard drive capped off with a Danny Shiblaq 15-yard run.
UA scored two minutes later on a 2-yard run by Jamie Barlow. The Wolves’ Keaton Reinhart closed the scoring with a 25-yard run.
The Wolves finished with 279 yards of offense, much of that coming in the fourth quarter when both teams were playing backups. Brian Miller completed six of 11 passes for 54 yards and threw three interceptions. Ryan Garcia had 46 yards on 11 carries.
Upper Arlington had 275 rushing yards and controlled the line of scrimmage. They ended the game with 386 total yards of offense.
“We are starting three sophomore defensive linemen and a sophomore defensive back,” Wolves coach Vince Trombetti said. “Their offensive line did a great job coming off the ball. They controlled the line of scrimmage and we struggled with that.”
KILBOURNE 7 0 0 14--21
UPPER ARLINGTON 14 21 7 14--56
WK--Miller 5 run (Watson kick)
UA--Frey 96 kickoff return (Baskent kick)
UA--McSheffery 2 run (Baskent kick)
UA--Ackley 19 run (Baskent kick)
UA--Drake 7 run (Baskent kick)
UA--McSheffery 11 pass from Smith (Baskent kick)
UA--Frey 12 run (Baskent kick)
UA--Drake 35 run (Baskent kick)
WK--Shiblaq 15 run (Watson kick)
UA--Barlow 2 run (Rameil kick)
WK--Reinhart 25 run (Stoner kick)