Football

Dublin Scioto 28, Hilliard Bradley 27

Irish hold off Jaguars on final play

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Holding a two-touchdown lead late in the fourth quarter, the Dublin Scioto High School football team survived a wild finish to stay in position for a Division I playoff berth.

Hilliard Bradley quarterback Tommy Horn scored on a 16-yard run as time ran out, and coach Mike LoParo decided to go for two and the win. But Bradley Spelman couldn't make the catch, giving the host Irish a 28-27 victory on Oct. 19.

"We had the momentum and I told them, ‘Let's go get it,’ but we just fell short," LoParo said. "We shifted over and tried to leak the tight end across. They didn't quit and they came back with their backs against the wall and had a chance to win."

Scioto -- which was fifth in the Region 3 computer rankings entering the game -- improved to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. Bradley dropped to 4-5 and 1-5.

The Irish tried to run out the clock after T.J. Martin's 1-yard touchdown run for Bradley made it 28-21 with 3 minutes, 2 seconds left. After picking up two first downs, the Scioto drive stalled at the Bradley 30-yard line on fourth down.

Horn then went to work with 42 seconds left, completing three of four passes including a 21-yard throw to Reilly Butz that put the Jaguars at the Scioto 36.

Bradley had one second left to score when Horn scrambled for the end zone.

"The thing that scared me the most was their quarterback being able to run and that's what he did," Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. "It was a very close call, but (the officials) made the call on the touchdown that they did (get in) and lucky for us they didn't convert."

Scioto produced its points through big plays from Tim Shadoan, who caught touchdown passes of 46 and 27 yards and rushed for a 10-yard score to gave the Irish a 28-14 lead with 4:24 left.

The senior finished with 12 catches for 205 yards.

Quarterback Evan DeMars completed 23 of 27 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. William Houston added 107 yards on the ground on 22 carries.

"It was a fingers-crossing moment for us on the sideline," Shadoan said. "When it could've gone either way, we were just fortunate enough to have a little luck on our side."

Bradley held a 14-13 halftime lead after Martin scored on a 2-yard run with 28 seconds left in the second quarter. The junior finished with 48 yards on 17 carries and had touchdown runs of 2, 2 and 1 yards.

Horn was 11-for-19 passing for 153 yards and rushed for 64 yards on 15 carries.

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Team 1 2 3 4 Final
HILLIARD BRADLEY 14 0 0 13 27
DUBLIN SCIOTO 10 3 8 7 28

DS -- Shadoan 46 pass from DeMars (Crosa kick)
HB -- Martin 2 run (Bradley kick)
DS -- Crosa 35 FG
HB -- Martin 2 run (Bradley kick)
DS -- Crosa 30 FG
DS -- Shadoan 27 pass from DeMars (Shadoan pass)
DS -- Shadoan 10 run (Crosa kick)
HB -- Martin 1 run (Bradley kick)
HB -- Horn 16 run (pass failed)

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