Olentangy High School football coach Ed Terwilliger summed up senior Joshua Perry’s night in one sentence: “I’m glad he’s on our team.”
The Ohio State recruit rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, caught a 64-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown as visiting Olentangy defeated Dublin Jerome 42-17 on Friday, Oct. 7.
The Braves improved to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, and Jerome fell to 2-5 and 2-2.
“Joshua is starting to come into his own,” Terwilliger said. “They started to bottle us on up in the second half, but he made some big plays.”
“The good news is he’s going to be a Buckeye, and I don’t have to worry about him going against us,” Jerome coach Mark Hundley said with a laugh. “The kid’s a player. He’s got a big body, and he runs so well. He’s one of the most patient running backs I’ve ever seen.”
Perry rushed for 139 yards, including touchdown runs of 74 and 12 yards, on nine carries in the first half.
The Braves’ defense also stood out in the first half as Olentangy outrushed the Celtics 216-9 as Donovan Wilson was limited to 7 yards.
The Celtics’ lone scoring opportunity of the first half came in the second quarter. Facing fourth down, Jerome punted but the ball bounced off a Braves’ player and Jacob Zamary recovered it on the Olentangy 17. Mitchell Keller then hit a 27-yard field goal.
With the running game faltering, Jerome went to the air in the second half, and Logan Williams hit Cameron Wilson for a 62-yard halfback back pass to cut the deficit to 21-10.
The Braves answered immediately. Quarterback Andrew Horstman hit a swing pass to Perry, his only pass attempt of the game, and Perry broke it for a 64-yard touchdown.
Quarterback Joe Bano brought the Celtics back within 11 points, rifling a pass that was tipped by the Braves’ Christian Brett and then snared by Cameron Wilson for his second touchdown, a 14-yarder.
However, things fell apart for Jerome in the fourth quarter. Perry returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown, and he later added a sack and tipped a pass that defensive back Zachary Tyler intercepted to set the Braves’ final touchdown, a 4-yard run by Matt Winings.
Winings also opened the scoring with a 2-yard run.
“I’ve never had an interception for a touchdown so that was extremely exciting for me,” Perry said. “We did a good job of getting after it. We weren’t going to let them come at us. We’re going to come at then.”
OLENTANGY 7 14 7 14 -- 42
DUBLIN JEROME 0 3 7 7 -- 17
O--Winings 2 run (Baumbach kick)
DJ--Keller 27 FG
O--Perry 74 run (Baumbach kick)
O--Perry 12 run (Baumbach kick)
DJ--Wilson 62 pass from Williams (Keller kick)
O--Perry 64 pass from Horstman (Baumbach kick)
DJ--Wilson 14 pass from Williams (Keller kick)
O--Perry 22 interception return (Baumbach kick)
O--Winings 4 run (Baumbach kick)