Division I, Region 2

Huber Heights Wayne 37, Hilliard Darby 7

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HUBER HEIGHTS — The Hilliard Darby High School football team used a variety of defensive schemes and blitz packages to try to pressure and confuse Huber Heights Wayne quarterback D’Mitrik Trice in a Division I, Region 2 first-round playoff game Nov. 9.

But no matter what the Panthers threw at him, Trice was able to scramble free and make plays, leading the host Warriors to a 37-7 victory.

Trice was 19-for-31 passing for 251 yards and three touchdowns, as fifth-seeded Wayne improved to 10-1 and advanced to play Dublin Coffman in a second-round game Nov. 16 at a site to be determined.

Darby, whose offense managed only 51 total yards, finished 8-3. The Panthers were the 12th seed.

“(Trice) is a very mobile, very good passer,” Darby coach John Santagata said. “We gave him a lot of different defensive looks, but he’s very hard to get to and he has a lot of good receivers who get open and catch the ball well. They have some good backs, too, and we just didn’t have an answer for their offense.”

The Warriors outgained Darby 144-16 in the first quarter while taking a 14-0 lead.

Wayne scored on its first drive, as running back Kenny Bester capped a 13-play, 77-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. On the Warriors’ following possession, Trice tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tristan Davis.

Wayne outgained Darby 148-17 in the second quarter while taking a 21-0 lead, as Trice threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Davis.

Darby’s halftime deficit could have been worse, as the Warriors turned the ball over on downs at the Panthers’ 30-yard line and Trice lost a fumble at Darby’s 33 in the second quarter.

“We turned the ball over three times and that is unlike us,” Wayne coach Jay Minton said. “Our defense stepped up and was stout. Our offense has been electrifying all season, but our defense is what is catapulting us forward.”

Jacob Stacy returned the second-half kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown to give Darby a temporary lift.

Stacy later was tackled in the end zone by defensive back Tobias Gilliam for a safety with 3:59 left in the third quarter.

“Jacob gave us some momentum with his return, but they took it back with the safety,” Santagata said. “Their defense is very athletic and it’s the best we’ve seen all year.”

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Team 1 2 3 4 Final
HILLIARD DARBY 0 0 7 0 7
HUBER HEIGHTS WAYNE 14 7 2 14 37

W—Bester 1 run (Strong kick)
W—Davis 6 pass from Trice (Strong kick)
W—Davis 5 pass from Trice (Strong kick)
HD—Stacy 86 kickoff return (Kasprzak kick)
W—Safety, Stacy tackled in end zone
W—Swanson 13 pass from Trice (Strong kick)
W—Bester 1 run (Strong kick)

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