Alec Tuohy threw a touchdown pass to Parker Cavendish in the third overtime to give the Gahanna Lincoln High School football team a 13-10 victory over DeSales on Aug. 24 in the opener for both teams.
Neither team scored in the first two overtimes, then DeSales took a 10-7 lead on Adam Acquista’s 20-yard field goal.
On the next play, Tuohy scrambled to his right, reversed field and ran to the far left hash mark before sighting Parker Cavendish open in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown.
“It was crazy,” Tuohy said. “It was the biggest game ever. After what happened in the last game against DeSales, this means everything.”
Tuohy was the starting quarterback for Gahanna last season, but he broke his leg during an opening 31-14 win over DeSales and missed the remainder of the year.
“I’m just a little numb right now,” Gahanna coach John Snoad said. “What a game. Neither team quit, and I think DeSales is in for a whale of a season.
“We had a lot of offensive breakdowns tonight but our defense was lights out. They did a fantastic job.”
DeSales took advantage of the first turnover of the season, as Oliver Grimard recovered a Valquez Davis fumble and turned it into a nine-play drive that resulted in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Alex Perrine to Grimard and a 7-0 lead with 4:26 to play in the first quarter.
The Lions got a stop to start the third quarter and moved to the DeSales’ 9 before Tuohy was intercepted by Grimard, who returned it to the Gahanna 31 with 4:30 to play in the third.
Later, Tuohy’s helmet came off on a 3-yard loss, forcing him to miss the ensuing play by OHSAA rule. Tuohy’s replacement, Ronald Robinson, hit Jeremy Walls for a 29-yard scoring pass down the left sideline on the next play to make it 7-all with 9:10 to play in the fourth.
The first overtime saw Acquista miss a field goal and Gahanna’s Colin Blaney have one blocked.
Grimard stripped Tuohy in the Lions’ possession of the second overtime, but Gahanna’s Emile Camm intercepted Perrine to send the game to the third OT.
Tuohy was 18 of 27 passing for 150 yards, and Perrine was 9-for-13 for 77 yards.
“It was a hard-fought football game,” Stallions coach Ryan Wiggins said, “but from our end, we missed some opportunities. We had the ball a couple of times in the second half close to the red zone and couldn’t get anything out of it.”
D -- Grimard 20 pass from Perrine (Acquista kick)
G -- Walls 29 pass from Robinson (Blaney kick)
D -- Acquista 20 FG
G -- Cavendish 20 pass from Tuohy