Dublin Scioto 48, Canal Winchester 21
Irish offense sparks win over Indians
The Dublin Scioto High School football team let the rest of central Ohio know it has plenty of weapons to use in a fast-paced offense that did plenty of damage during a 48-21 opening-week victory at Canal Winchester on Aug. 24.
The Irish rolled with 523 total yards as Darius McDonald and Will Houston each scored three times. Senior quarterback Evan DeMars completed 25 of 34 passes for 284 yards and ran for a 19-yard touchdown.
In addition, Scioto's defense came up with three fumbles and two interceptions.
"Everybody was down on our line and it's really stepped up with some new guys in there," said McDonald, who caught 10 passes for 101 yards and rushed for 65 yards on 10 carries.
McDonald's 7-yard touchdown run with 9 minutes, 27 seconds left in the third quarter put the Irish up 28-14 after Canal Winchester's Khari Golden had given the home crowd new life when he took a kickoff return 93 yards to the end zone.
From there, McDonald scored on a 9-yard pass from DeMars and a 29-yard run with 45 seconds left in the third to put Scioto up 41-21.
"Offensively, I knew we'd get off to a fast start, but we just had to learn to get past that rough patch," said Scioto coach Karl Johnson, whose team faces Dublin Coffman next week. "We're a senior-led team, but we're relatively young and we have to learn how to win. These seniors are coming off a 2-8 season."
Scioto's first drive ended when Mason Matheny fumbled at the Canal Winchester 12-yard line.
Three of the Indians' first four drives ended with fumbles, however, which helped the Irish take a 21-0 lead with touchdown runs of 3, 1 and 4 yards from Houston. The senior carried 17 times for 93 yards.
"They came down here and played hard and I'm not going to take anything away from them," Canal Winchester coach Shawn Hinkle said. "I don't think we played as well or as hard as we could have. Any time you turn the ball over that many times you're not giving yourself much of a chance."
When the Indians did produce, quarterback Isaac Pifer came up with big plays that included a 22-yard throw to Zach Bontempo with 1:29 left in the second quarter and a 41-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Scott with 45 seconds left in the third.
Pifer completed 14 of 24 passes for 202 yards.
DS -- Houston 3 run (Crosa kick)
DS -- Houston 1 run (Crosa kick)
DS -- Houston 4 run (Crosa kick)
CW -- Bontempo 22 pass from Pifer (Ising kick)
CW -- Golden 93 yard kickoff return (Ising kick)
DS -- McDonald 7 run (Crosa kick)
DS -- McDonald 9 pass from DeMars (Crosa kick)
CW -- Scott 41 pass from Pifer (Ising kick)
DS -- McDonald 29 run (kick failed)
DS -- DeMars 19 run (Crosa kick)