Chase Longwell passed for 186 yards and a touchdown and ran for 107 yards and a score as the Hilliard Darby High School football team beat visiting Worthington Kilbourne 34-27 in an OCC-Cardinal Division game Sept. 28.
The Panthers improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Cardinal, while the Wolves dropped to 1-5 and 0-3.
"Worthington Kilbourne's record is very deceptive," Darby coach John Santagata said. "We knew we were in for a battle and they gave us a good one."
Kilbourne scored on its first play from scrimmage, as Isaac Lumpkin broke a tackle at the line and raced 45 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
But after Lumpkin’s touchdown run, Kilbourne’s offense managed only 5 more yards the rest of the first half.
The Panthers drove inside Kilbourne’s 20-yard line on each of their following two possessions but had to settle for two field goals by Kyle Kaplan to cut their deficit to 7-6.
Darby found the end zone on its fifth possession to take a 13-7 lead, as Longwell tossed a 14-yard scoring pass to Caleb Day with 43.5 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
"Our offense was a little flat in the first half, but our defense played well and gave our offense some time to figure some things out," Santagata said.
The Wolves struck for another big play early in the third quarter when quarterback Keaton Reinhart shook off a tackler in the backfield and scrambled 74 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 13.
But Darby answered with a six-play, 66-yard touchdown drive that featured a 52-yard pass from Longwell to Day. That set up a 3-yard scoring run by Longwell on the following play.
The Panthers then scored touchdowns on two of their next three drives to take a 34-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Hayden VanKirk scored on an 18-yard run with 10:51 remaining. And one play after Jacob Stacy intercepted a pass at midfield and returned the ball to Kilbourne's 37, Day broke loose for a 37-yard touchdown run.
But Kilbourne fought back to pull within 34-27 with 4:28 remaining after Seth Hill scored on a 78-yard run and Lumpkin scored on a 5-yard run.
Day rushed for 83 yards and a score on six carries and had six catches for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Hill rushed for 83 yards and a score on four carries and Reinhart rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on five carries to pace Kilbourne.
"Darby ran 40-some plays to our 10 plays in the first half and I think our kids ran out of gas in the third quarter," Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti said. "I'm really proud of our kids, though, because they showed a lot of heart and never quit."
WK--Lumpkin 45 run (Watson kick)
HD--Kaplan 30 FG
HD--Kaplan 33 FG
HD--Day 14 pass from Longwell (Kaplan kick)
WK--Reinhart 74 run (kick blocked)
HD--Longwell 3 run (Kaplan kick)
HD--VanKirk 18 run (Kaplan kick)
HD--Day 37 run (Kaplan kick)
WK--Hill 78 run (Watson kick)
WK--Lumpkin 5 run (Watson kick)