Donovan Wilson ran for a 9-yard touchdown in overtime, giving the Dublin Jerome High School football team a 20-17 victory over host Worthington Kilbourne on Oct. 12.
“We ran it inside and big Nate Fairand, our center, made a great block and I just followed him and saw the end zone and was able to break a few tackles near the 5-yard line,” said Wilson, who finished with 191 yards and two touchdowns on 30 rushes a week after carrying 49 times.
“Adrenaline kept me going, and we kept playing hard the whole game. It was a great game and a fun way to end it.”
Kilbourne had a chance to win on the final play of regulation, but Jon Watson’s 39-yard field-goal attempt from the left hash mark went just wide left.
Jerome, which improved to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, won the overtime coin flip and decided to play defense first.
Kilbourne quarterback Matt Wylly ran twice for 9 yards, leaving the Wolves with third-and-1 at the Jerome 11. However, a low shotgun snap threw off the timing of the following play and Wylly lost a yard.
Watson then kicked a 29-yard field goal for a 17-14 lead.
“I just think we’re snake-bitten,” said Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti, whose team fell to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in league play. “It’s one play here, one play there; one play on offense or one play on defense. Those little things add up and have really cost us all season.”
Defense was the theme of the second half as Jerome managed just four first downs and Kilbourne had six.
“We fought hard and I told Vince after the game that was two pretty good teams having down seasons who gave it their all tonight,” Jerome coach Mark Hundley said. “If you watched the game, you’d have no idea what our records were. Kilbourne is a darn-good team that is having all the bad luck in the world. I was impressed with their defense.”
Isaac Lumpkin ran for an 80-yard touchdown in the first quarter for Kilbourne. He finished with 164 yards on 18 carries.
Jerome led 14-7 at halftime. Erik Harlock caught a short pass from Jake King, got to the sideline and ran 60 yards for the Celtics’ first score, and Wilson added a 1-yard touchdown run.
The Wolves tied it with a 2-yard run by Wylly in the third quarter.
WK--Lumpkin 80 run (Watson kick)
DJ--Harlock 60 pass from King (Kerns kick)
DJ--Wilson 1 run (Kerns kick)
WK--Wylly 2 run (Watson kick)
WK--Watson 29 FG
DJ--Wilson 9 run