Week 8 Recap

Hilliard Davidson 28, Olentangy Liberty 7


The Hilliard Davidson High School football team survived a scare against visiting Olentangy Liberty on Oct. 18.

The Wildcats trailed 7-0 at halftime before rallying for a 28-7 win to improve to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Central Division. Liberty dropped to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the league.

“Liberty is a phenomenal team and this is a great win for us tonight,” said Davidson coach Brian White, whose team is seventh in the Division I state poll. “We were down 7-0 and we knew we were going to face adversity. I thought our kids reacted to it pretty well. We made a couple of adjustments at halftime.”

Davidson was held in check offensively for most of the first half before taking control after the break

The Wildcats scored on their first two possessions of the second half, as they got touchdown runs from Markus Bailey (1 yard) and Phillipie Motley (10 yards).

Davidson’s game-tying drive included Bailey’s 9-yard gain on fourth-and-1 from its own 44-yard line.

The Wildcats then pulled away in the fourth quarter, as Bailey scored on a 1-yard run and running back D.D. Clark added a 10-yard touchdown run.

Clark rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, and Motley finished with 86 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.

Liberty dominated the first half, but led by just 7-0 at the half.

The Patriots opened the scoring on the game’s first possession as they drove 80 yards in 10 plays, capped by running back Daryian Davies’ 10-yard touchdown run with 8 minutes, 21 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Quarterback Matt Kessler was 4-for-4 passing on the drive, including a 21-yard completion to wide receiver Dan Rhinehart for a first down at the Davidson 10. Davies scored on the following play.

The Patriots drove near midfield on their next possession, but Davidson defensive back Joe Bernard intercepted wide receiver Jacob Wiseman’s option pass to end the threat.

The Wildcats drove into Liberty territory three times in the first half, but were forced to punt twice and time ran out in the half on the other possession.

The Patriots had advantage 200 total yards and held Davidson to 106 yards in the first half.

Davies rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, and Kessler completed 15 of 28 passes for 192 yards with an interception.

“They beat us,” Liberty coach Steve Hale said. “Fundamentally they were better than us. They were a little more sound than us. They outplayed us and they beat us.”


Team 1 2 3 4 Final

OL – Davies 10 run (Spencer kick)
HD – Bailey 1 run (Johns kick)
HD – Motley 10 run (Johns kick)
HD – Bailey 1 run (Johns kick)
HD – Clark 10 run (Johns kick)