The Hilliard Darby High School football team jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter on its way to a 30-7 win over host Dublin Jerome in an OCC-Cardinal Division contest Sept. 27.
The Panthers, who held a 445-108 advantage in total yards, improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the league, while Jerome fell to 2-3 and 0-2.
“(Jerome) really moved the ball on everyone that they’ve played and to hold them to that (yardage total) is great,” Darby coach John Santagata said. “Our defensive staff did a great job of game-planning and our kids came out and executed at a high level. I’m very proud of them.”
Darby scored before its offense took the field, as an errant snap sailed over the head of Jerome punter Tommy Keller and rolled out of the end zone for a safety, giving the Panthers a 2-0 lead 1 minute, 35 seconds into the game.
The Panthers then scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, with quarterback Nick Green scoring on a 2-yard run and running back Anton Trapasso scoring on a 3-yard run, and led 16-0 after the first quarter.
Green's touchdown was set up by a 48-yard run by running back Lorenzo McLaurin.
Darby extended its lead to 23-0 lead with 3:22 left in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Green, but the Celtics scored with just 14 seconds left in the half on an 80-yard pass from quarterback Alex Cline to running back Zack Hazlett to make 23-7 at halftime.
The Panthers added a touchdown in the third quarter on a 5-yard run by McLaurin to close the scoring.
McLaurin finished with 123 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
“I told our guys on Monday that the most physical team is the team that is going to win this game,” Jerome coach Mark Hundley said. “If we come out and we match them physically, I said we’re going to be in the game, we’re going to give ourselves a shot. We didn’t do it until they scored their second touchdown and by that time it’s too late. We just weren’t good enough to bounce back from that.”
Jerome played without its leading rusher, Steve Kidwell, who sat out with a high-ankle sprain sustained in the first half of a 20-0 loss to Hilliard Bradley on Sept. 20. Kidwell has rushed for 444 yards and five touchdowns on 71 carries.
“I’m very happy with our play, but we have to get a lot better,” Santagata said. “We’re making mistakes that need to be cleaned up as we progress.”
HD – Safety, ball snapped out of end zone
HD – Green 2 run (Stacy kick)
HD – Trapasso 3 run (Stacy kick)
HD – Green 1 run (Stacy kick)
DJ – Hazlett 80 pass from Cline (Manos kick)
HD – McLaurin 5 run (Stacy kick)