Quarterback Chase Longwell scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down with 2 minutes, 2 seconds remaining to lead the Hilliard Darby High School football team to a 28-24 win over visiting Dublin Scioto in an OCC-Cardinal game Oct. 12.
The Panthers improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Cardinal, while the Irish dropped to 6-2 and 4-1.
On fourth-and-goal from the 1, Longwell ran to his left behind fullback Cameron Kohl and scored the go-ahead touchdown.
“We talk all the time about fighting for that extra inch to win games and we had to man up get a few extra inches to win this game,” Longwell said. “I love (Kohl) and I love every single member of my line, and I knew they would lead me into the end zone on that play.”
Scioto turnovers set up two Darby touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Panthers rallied from a 10-point deficit.
Darby defensive lineman Stephan Hernon recovered a fumbled snap by Scioto quarterback Evan DeMars at Scioto’s 44 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Seven plays later, Caleb Day scored on a 28-yard run to pull Darby within 24-21 with 9:24 left.
The Panthers capitalized on another Scioto turnover later in the game when Trevor Parker intercepted the ball at Scioto’s 28 and returned it to the 10.
Four plays later, Longwell scored.
“We made some bad errors, but a championship game comes down to a few key plays, and give Darby credit because they made them,” Scioto coach Karl Johnson said.
On its second possession of the game, Scioto put together a 14-play, 64-yard drive that led to a 34-yard field goal by Sam Crosa.
Darby answered with a 65-yard drive capped by a 19-yard touchdown run by Day. The Panthers faced a fourth-and-1 at Scioto’s 43-yard line on that drive, but Day ran 24 yards for a first down, setting up his touchdown run on the next play.
The Irish had two touchdown drives in the second quarter to take a 17-7 halftime lead, as Tim Shadoan scored on 1-yard run and 3-yard run.
After the Panthers’ Hayden VanKirk had a 34-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, the Irish answered with a 13-play, 72-yard scoring drive that featured six runs by Will Houston, including a 7-yard touchdown to put Scioto ahead 24-14.
Longwell completed eight of 11 passes for 86 yards and rushed for 59 yards and a score on 13 carries. Day rushed for 84 yards and had four catches for 55 yards.
Houston rushed for 97 yards on 26 carries. DeMars was 16-for-25 passing for 210 yards.
“Dublin Scioto’s a great football team and they established both the run and pass to keep us off balance,” Darby coach John Santagata said. “In the second half, we made some adjustments to our blocking schemes to open some things up and our defense made some game-changing plays.”
DS--Crosa 34 FG
HD--Day 19 run (Kaplan kick)
DS--Shadoan 1 run (Crosa kick)
DS--Shadoan 3 run (Crosa kick)
HD--VanKirk 34 run (Kaplan kick)
DS--Houston 7 run (Crosa kick)
HD--Day 28 run (Kaplan kick)
HD--Longwell 1 run (Kaplan kick)