Game of the Week Recap

Upper Arlington 33, Hilliard Darby 0

Bears roll over Panthers for 600th win in program history

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Upper Arlington coach Mike Golden eyes the Spielman Gridiron Classic trophy after the Golden Bears beat Hilliard Darby 33-0 on Friday, Sept. 30.
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The Upper Arlington High School football team gave its home crowd plenty to cheer about on Friday, Sept. 30, during a 33-0 victory over Hilliard Darby in the ThisWeekSPORTS.com Game of the Week.

The Golden Bears improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Central Division, while collecting the 600th win in program history. Upper Arlington has compiled a 600-213-23 record in 86 seasons.

Golden, who is in his seventh season at UA after earlier stops at Watterson and New Albany, is 50-22 with the Golden Bears.

"Wow, that's awesome; 600 wins is great for UA," Golden said. "I didn't even know this was my 50th win, but 600 wins for our program is really impressive."

The Golden Bears controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, as they rushed for 285 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries and racked up a total of 407 yards of offense.

Meanwhile, Darby — which dropped to 5-1 and 2-1 — rushed for just 138 yards on 43 attempts and finished with 163 yards of offense.

The Panthers were averaging 333.6 rushing yards and 396.8 total yards of offense entering the game, but their first five opponents had combined for a 2-23 record through five weeks.

"We have a lot of good football players who can run the ball and throw it, and our kids did a great job of executing," Golden said. "We were very confident entering this game. They were 5-0 but their opponents have been struggling. Our linemen did a good job of blocking and our defensive front did a great job of playing their assignments."

The Golden Bears drove into Darby's territory on their first two possessions, but fumbled inside the Panthers' 40-yard line both times.

On UA's third drive, Francis Wilamosky broke free for a 49-yard touchdown run.

Wilamosky also raced up the middle for a 65-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter for a 12-0 halftime lead.

"Getting our 600th win was great motivation for us," Wilamosky said. "On both of my touchdowns, my pulling guard (James Henry) and center (Spencer Luallen) saved me by blocking their middle linebacker, so they deserve credit for those touchdowns. I just got behind their defense and outran everyone to the end zone."

On the sixth play of the third quarter, David Smith threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Frank Epitropoulos.

Smith also tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Epitropoulos less than five minutes later to make it 26-0.

Epitropoulos had four catches for 84 yards and two scores, after missing three games with a thumb injury.

"It was nice having Frank back," Golden said. "You're not always going to make a perfect throw, but Frank's an outstanding athlete and he made some nice plays for us."

Wilamosky rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, Jared Drake rushed for 62 yards and a score on five attempts, and Smith was 7-for-11 passing for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

Darby quarterback Chase Longwell led his offense by rushing for 26 yards on 11 carries and completing three of seven passes for 25 yards.

"UA's a very physical football team on the defensive and offensive line, and they executed the trap very well," Darby coach John Santagata said. "We hurt ourselves quite a bit with very sloppy play, by dropping passes and through penalties. We had to be nearly perfect to beat a team of this caliber and we were far from it."

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HILLIARD DARBY 0 0 0 0 -- 0

UPPER ARLINGTON 6 6 21 0 -- 33

UA--Wilamosky 49 run (kick failed)

UA--Wilamosky 65 run (kick failed)

UA--Epitropoulos 53 pass from Smith (Baskent kick)

UA--Epitropoulos 11 pass from Smith (Baskent kick)

UA--Drake 33 run (Baskent kick)
 

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