The Dublin Scioto High School football team won the Battle of Hard Road for the third consecutive season, defeating host Worthington Kilbourne 24-7 in an OCC-Cardinal Division contest Oct. 26.
The Irish finished the regular season 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the OCC-Cardinal, placing second to undefeated Hilliard Darby (10-0, 7-0). The Wolves, who lead the all-time series with Scioto 11-8, finished 3-7 and 2-5.
Scioto already had clinched a berth in the Division I, Region 3 playoffs. The Irish were fifth in the region entering week 10 and were expected to finish fifth or sixth, with the top eight teams in each region making the playoffs.
“I thought our kids played hard,” Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. “They came to play and that’s what we talked about all week. The only focus for us this week was the Battle of Hard Road and nothing else mattered. Our kids really bought into that this week.”
The Irish opened the scoring on their first drive, getting a 42-yard field goal from Sam Crosa. The score was set up by Cody Steffy’s 62-yard return on the opening kickoff.
The Wolves had a chance to take the lead on their first possession, as they drove to the Scioto 19-yard line. However, quarterback Matt Wylly was intercepted by Spencer Talentino at the 1 to end the threat.
Scioto added to its lead in the second quarter, as Tim Shadoan capped a 13-play, 61-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run with 6:22 left.
The Irish threatened to score again late in the first half, as they moved the ball to the Kilbourne 35 before quarterback Evan DeMars was intercepted by Wylly at the goal line with 19 seconds remaining.
Kilbourne had the ball for the first 8:06 of the third quarter, but turned the ball over on downs at the Scioto 6. The Irish responded by capping a 94-yard drive with a 22-yard touchdown run by Shadoan to extend their lead to 17-0.
Running back Isaac Lumpkin, who finished with 73 yards on 21 carries, scored on a 4-yard run to cut the Wolves' deficit to 17-7 with 8:56 left in the fourth quarter. Kilbourne then attempted an onside kick, only to see Talentino return the ball 48 yards for a score to make it 24-7 with 8:50 remaining.
“I’m real proud of the kids,” Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti said. “They played hard. I’ve seen kids with a record like this give up about week seven, maybe week eight. These guys have played hard for 10 weeks and I’m very proud of them.”
Scioto had 202 yards rushing on 41 carries. Running back Will Houston led the way with 112 yards on 21 carries.
DS -- Crosa 42 FG
DS -- Shadoan 4 run (Crosa kick)
DS -- Shadoan 22 run (Crosa kick)
WK -- Lumpkin 4 run (Watson kick)
DS -- Talentino 48 kickoff return (Crosa kick)