The Gahanna Lincoln High School football team forced five turnovers against visiting Reynoldsburg en route to a 31-14 victory on Oct. 4 to stay unbeaten in the OCC-Ohio Division.
The Lions picked off Raiders’ quarterback Jordan Aekins four times — converting two of the interceptions into second-half touchdowns — as they improved to 3-3 overall and 3-0 in league play. Reynoldsburg dropped to 3-3 and 1-2.
Gahanna sophomore quarterback Mason Blancett led a balanced offensive attack, completing 17 of 28 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 74 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries.
His first touchdown pass was 6 yards to Vasean Davis on the first play from scrimmage of the second half, giving Gahanna a 14-7 lead. It was set up by an 85-yard kickoff return by Tank Davis.
Blancett’s other touchdown pass was for 49 yards to Floyd Lowe on the first play of the fourth quarter as the Lions extended their lead to 28-7.
“The kids have knuckled up every week and just keep getting better and better,” said Lions coach John Snoad, whose team posted its third consecutive leage victory following an 0-3 non-conference start. “Tonight was a complete team victory. The offense, the defense and the special teams, I’m just so proud of the team and the coaches.”
Reynoldsburg coach Buddy White said Gahanna turned in a strong performance.
“Gahanna outplayed us on offense, on defense and on special teams tonight,” White said. “I told our team after the game that most of the time in football the team that plays the hardest usually wins the game and that happened tonight. We prepared to execute better than we did, but they executed better and played harder.”
Lowe finished with eight receptions for 143 yards, while Vasean Davis gained 33 yards rushing on eight carries and caught five passes for 38 yards.
Moore led the Raiders with 113 yards rushing on 22 carries, but Aekins was 5-for-22 passing for 138 yards with one touchdown to go with his four interceptions.
Reynoldsburg scored the only touchdown in the first half on a 1-yard run by Aekins with 1 minute, 32 seconds remaining in the second quarter to lead 7-6 at the break.
The drive featured a pair of key plays. Aekins completed a pass to Andrew Callender for 41 yards to the Gahanna 36-yard line on the first play, and Moore gained 5 yards on a fourth-and-2 five plays later.
The Lions, who held a 342-336 edge in total yards, got field goals of 26 and 19 yards from Ethan Fernandes in the first half.
“Our team is on the rise,” Snoad said. “We also know we have to stay focused. The OCC-Ohio is a premier conference and we know we have to come to play every week.”
G--Fernandes 26 FG
G--Fernandes 19 FG
R--Aekins 1 run (Watkins kick)
G--Vasean Davis 6 pass from Blancett (Vasean Davis run)
G--Blancett 7 run (Fernandes kick)
G--Lowe 49 pass from Blancett (Fernandes kick)
R--Givens 46 pass from Aekins (Watkins kick)
G--Fernandes 30 FG