The Olentangy High School football team held on through the thunderstorms to defeat visiting Big Walnut 25-19 in the OCC-Capital Division opener Sept. 20.
The Braves, who improved to 4-0 overall, took a 25-24 lead in the all-time series between the long-time rivals, while the Golden Eagles fell to 0-4.
The teams sat through a 90-minute delay at the beginning of the second quarter waiting for thunderstorms to clear after Big Walnut took 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by Tyler Martin.
"We found a way," Olentangy coach Mark Solis said. "We didn't play well in the first. But our kids were resilient and came back in the second half. We made some good adjustments at halftime."
After the weather delay and halftime, the Braves took a 7-6 lead on Chris Crumb's 1-yard touchdown run.
Olentangy scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter on runs by Anthony Golden (2 and 55 yards), and the final points came on a 24-yard field goal by Jacob Bell.
The Braves were led by sophomore quarterback Deeb Haber, who made his varsity debut and was 7-for-10 passing for 168 yards and a touchdown and ran 10 times for 51 yards.
"We broke in a sophomore tonight," Solis said. "Boy, is he going to be a heck of a football player. I'm really proud of Deeb. He has a bright future here at Olentangy."
The Golden Eagles were led by quarterback Jordan Wall, who finished 16-for-22 passing for 240 yards and a touchdown and also added a 65-yard scoring run.
"It was a heck of a ball game," Big Walnut coach Joe Weaver said.
BW - Martin 1 run (kick failed)
O - Crumb 1 run (Bell kick)
BW - Muench 68 pass from Wall (pass failed)
O - Golden 2 run (Alloco pass from Haber)
BW - Wall 65 run (Satterfield kick)
O - Golden 55 run ( Bell kick)
O - Bell 24 FG