Dublin Scioto 42, Westerville South 35
Irish knock Wildcats from ranks of unbeaten
Tim Shadoan scored five touchdowns to lead the Dublin Scioto High School football team to a 42-35 home win over previously unbeaten Westerville South in an OCC-Cardinal Division game Sept. 28.
Shadoan, a senior wide receiver and defensive back listed at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, had nine receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball seven times for 35 yards and three scores, as Scioto extended its winning streak to four games and improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Shadoan also recovered an onside kick with 2 minutes, 12 seconds left after South scored on a 21-yard pass from quarterback Nick Renzetti to wide receiver Marcus Ball to cut the lead to 42-35.
“He’s hard not to love,” Scioto coach Karl Johnson said of Shadoan. “I list him at 5-10, but he’s not really 5-10. You have to have guys give a great effort like that. The guys who you’re counting on need to come through.”
South -- which fell to 5-1 and 2-1 -- led 21-14 at halftime, but Shadoan scored on a 26-yard pass from quarterback Evan DeMars and on a 5-yard run in the third quarter to put the Irish ahead 28-21.
South turnovers led to both third-quarter scores. The touchdown pass was set up by linebacker Will Houston, who intercepted Renzetti and returned the ball 22 yards to the Wildcats’ 27. The other was set up by defensive back Spencer Talentino, who recovered a fumble by running back Darien Miller at the Scioto 33.
Houston, who also plays running back, extended Scioto’s lead to 35-21 with a 7-yard touchdown run with 10:23 left in the fourth quarter. South answered with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Renzetti to running back Jalen Bell to make it 35-28 with 7:21 remaining and got the ball back after forcing Scioto to punt.
South turned the ball over on downs at its own 4, however, and Shadoan scored on a 4-yard run on the first play on the ensuing Scioto possession to make it 42-28 with 3:50 remaining. Trailing 42-35, the Wildcats got the ball back at their own 9 with 44 seconds left but turned the ball over on downs again at their 18 and the Irish ran one play to run out the clock.
“I’m sure the fans got their money’s worth,” Johnson said. “It was one of those games that you feel like you can win, but someone has to make plays. It was about finding ways to finish, and we did that.”
Houston rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and DeMars completed 22 of 33 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns.
Renzetti completed 17 of 34 passes for 261 yards with five touchdowns and an interception. Ball (6 and 21 yards) and tight end Darryl Long (18 and 58 yards) both had two touchdown receptions and Miller rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries.
The Wildcats played without starting running back Noah Prentiss, who was sidelined with a back injury.
“I think the turnovers were the difference,” South coach Rocky Pentello said. “We’re driving and turn the ball over and then we’re driving again and turn the ball over. That’s two possessions. You can’t do that. We were driving both times.
“We had our chance (to win). We just didn’t take advantage of it.”
WS -- Ball 6 pass from Renzetti (kick failed)
DS -- Shadoan 2 run (Crosa kick)
DS -- Shadoan 47 pass from DeMars (Crosa kick)
WS -- Long 18 pass from Renzetti (Bell pass from Renzetti)
WS -- Long 58 pass from Renzetti (Linzell kick)
DS -- Shadoan 26 pass from DeMars (Crosa kick)
DS -- Shadoan 5 run (Crosa kick)
DS -- Houston 7 run (Crosa kick)
WS -- Bell 5 pass from Renzetti (Linzell kick)
DS -- Shadoan 4 run (Crosa kick)
WS -- Ball 21 pass from Renzetti (Linzell kick)