Both teams knew the play being called, but the execution of the Hilliard Darby High School football team made the difference.
Senior quarterback Nate Green went left between the guard and tackle on a 4-yard touchdown run in overtime, and the host Panthers defeated Hilliard Bradley 19-16 on Nov. 1 in an OCC-Cardinal Division game.
“That was one of our normal goal-line plays,” said Green, whose team finished the regular season 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the OCC-Cardinal and clinched a Division I, Region 2 playoff spot. “We (called timeout because we) wanted to make sure everyone had it down. I’m really proud of the way we did this. ... Bradley is a really good football team.”
The Jaguars finished 6-4 and 5-2.
“We knew what they like to do ... a kick-play to the left,” Bradley coach Mike LoParo said. “I don’t know if our two kids were squeezed out or they got washed down, or what. We talked about that play, and (the Panthers) did what they needed to do.”
Bradley had the opening possession in overtime and senior place-kicker Jeff Ireland made a 32-yard field goal.
The Jaguars took a 13-10 lead with 11 minutes, 17 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. Senior running back T.J. Martin scored on a 1-yard run, but the extra-point attempt was wide left. The touchdown was set up by senior defensive back Daniel Tepe’s interception at the Bradley 37-yard line.
Darby junior place-kicker Ryan Kasprzack made his second field goal of the game, a 28-yarder, with 3:15 left in the fourth to tie the game at 13.
“Both teams played so hard,” Darby coach John Santagata said. “Both teams brought it in the second half, and our kicking game really helped us. Bradley really came to play.”
Green rushed for 114 yards on 19 carries and was 5-for-13 passing for 57 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Bradley senior quarterback Tommy Horn, who suffered a bruised spinal cord in a 42-0 loss to Darby last season, rushed for 43 yards on 16 carries and was 5-for-16 passing for 94 yards and two interceptions.
Martin rushed for 31 yards on 12 carries, and senior wide receiver Matt Johnson caught two passes for 54 yards and rushed for 35 yards on two carries.
Senior defensive back Hunter McSweeney and junior defensive back Trevor Cox both had interceptions for Bradley.
D -- Kasprzack 33 FG
B -- Wall 1 run (Ireland kick)
D -- Stacy 12 pass from Green (Kasprzack kick)
B -- Martin 1 run (kick failed)
D -- Kasprzack 28 FG
B -- Ireland 32 FG
D -- Green 4 run