The Upper Arlington High School football team won its sixth game in a row and second by shutout by drilling host Central Crossing 76-0 on Friday, Oct. 7.
The Golden Bears, who beat Hilliard Darby 33-0 on Sept. 30, improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Central Division.
Dublin Coffman and Hilliard Davidson also are 4-0 league play.
The Comets fell to 0-7 and 0-4.
UA seemed unstoppable from the start, as running back Gus Ackley scored on a 53-yard run in the first minute. It was a trend that would continue as the Golden Bears scored on every possession.
Ackley, who added scoring runs of 33 and 16 yards, rushed for 106 yards on four carries.
“I thought he did nice job, coming out and being ready,” coach Mike Golden said.
Senior running back Ryan McSheffery also ran for 76 yards, including touchdown runs of 5 and 50 yards. Quarterback David Smith passed 60 yards. He hit Frank Epitropoulos on a 45-yard pass to make the score 21-0.
“It gets to a point where you’re just trying to run the clock,” Golden said. “Our goal is just to play everybody, and play them significant minutes.”
The Bears’ defense also performed well, allowing only 21 total yards, including minus-4 in the first half. The Comets’ offense never crossed midfield and had only two first downs.
Linebacker Zak Ogilbee led the Comets with nine tackles, and defensive back Antonio Siravo and defensive lineman Trevor Warner each had seven.
With his team down 62-0 at the half, Comets coach Chris Harr said the focus for the second half was improving for the game Friday, Oct. 14, against Worthington Kilbourne.
“We just have to execute better,” he said. “If you take six out of the seven teams, combined they have, I think one loss. So I mean, that’s good competition.”
Harr is optimistic about his team’s chances in the final three games. After playing the Wolves, Central Crossing closes wth games at Thomas and home against Westland.
“Coming up, the last three games here, I think they have a combined, maybe four wins,” he said. “They’re still good teams, we’re always gonna have good teams in our league, but we look to compete a lot more going into this week.”
Golden on the other hand, said there was still much to do for Upper Arlington.
“We just try to get better everyday, that’s our goal,” said Golden, whose team plays host to Westland on Friday, Oct. 14, before closing the season with games at Davidson and home against Dublin Coffman. “Because we got some challenges in front of us and we want to be so good, there’s no doubt about it.
“It tells us we’re on the right track. That’s the only measure we have, Friday nights, and they passed their test tonight.”
UPPER ARLINGTON 35 27 7 7 -- 76
CENTRAL CROSSING 0 0 0 0 -- 0
UA--Ackley 53 run (Baskent kick)
UA--Ackley 33 run (Baskent kick)
UA--Epitropoulos 45 pass from Smith (Baskent kick)
UA--McSheffery 5 run (Baskent kick)
UA--Ackley 16 run (Baskent kick)
UA--Frey 2 run (Baskent kick)
UA--Frey 3 run (Baskent kick)
UA--McSheffery 50 run (kick failed)
UA--Drake 38 run (Baskent kick)
UA--Barlow 1 run (Rameil kick)
UA--Neely 26 run (Rameil kick)