Football Week 8 Recap

Olentangy Liberty 42, Dublin Scioto 28

Fumble return helps Patriots preserve win over Irish

By SCOTT GERFEN
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When Marshall Davis of the Olentangy Liberty High School football team scooped up a fumble and took off for the end zone, he didn’t expect to make it.

Most people watching the 6-foot, 258-pound sophomore lineman chug down field were likely thinking the same thing. But he made it, all 78 yards.

The touchdown with 9 minutes, 39 seconds left helped the Patriots break open a tight game with visiting Dublin Scioto en route to a 42-28 win on Friday, Oct. 14, in a matchup that’s produced exciting finishes in the OCC-Cardinal Division.

“I thought I was going to die I was so out of breath,” said Davis, whose team improved to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the league. “I saw Luke Fleming leading the way.”

The fumble killed an 11-play Scioto drive that had reached the Liberty 22-yard line with the Irish trailing 28-21.

Scioto quarterback Evan DeMars, who completed 29 of 40 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns, had the ball stripped from his hands.

“Give them credit for making plays, but we’re just killing ourselves with little things that we’re not doing,” said Scioto coach Karl Johnson, whose team lost its third in a row to fall to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the league. “We had been moving the ball and there’s no question that turnover was a difference-maker.”

Liberty seized the momentum and put together a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive on its next possession. Myles Robinson put the Patriots ahead 42-21 on a 2-yard run with 4:30 to play.

Robinson also scored on runs 5 and 4 yards and finished with 77 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Liberty quarterback Joey Longhino was 16 of 21 passing for 247 yards and two touchdowns, including a 29-yard touchdown to Phil Osolinski which gave the Patriots a 14-7 lead with 9:25 left in the second quarter.

“Every time we play Scioto, it’s a hard-hitting game and something odd happens which usually determines the winner,” Liberty coach Steve Hale said. “They did a nice job of sustaining drives and keeping us off the field and they made us work.”

William Houston’s 1-yard run capped an 18-play, 77-yard drive for the Irish that tied the score at 14-all at halftime.

Houston also caught a 31-yard pass from DeMars to tie it at 21 with 7:31 left in the third quarter. He ran for 82 yards on 27 carries.

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DUBLIN SCIOTO 0 14 7 7 -- 28

OLENTANGY LIBERTY 7 14 7 14 -- 42

OL--Robinson 5 run (Vucelich kick)

DS--Houston 1 run (Duncan kick)

OL--Osolinski 29 pass from Longhino (Vucelich kick)

DS--Houston 1 run (Duncan kick)

OL--Wray 14 pass from Longhino (Vucelich kick)

DS--Houston 31 pass from DeMars (Duncan kick)

OL--Robinson 4 run (Vucelich kick)

OL--Davis 78 fumble recovery (Vucelich kick)

OL--Robinson 2 run (Vucelich kick)

DS--Matheny 22 pass from DeMars (Duncan kick)

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