The Hilliard Davidson High School football team earned a spot in the Division I, Region 2 final following a 37-7 win over Huber Heights Wayne on Nov. 23 at Upper Arlington.
The top-seeded Wildcats improved to 13-0 and will play Cincinnati Moeller in a regional final Nov. 30 at a site to be determined.
The fifth-seeded Warriors finished the season 11-2.
“I would have never expected this,” Davidson coach Brian White said. “Our offensive line played better this week. D.D (Clark) ran extremely hard. We had a lot of desire. I don’t know if we did anything one thing or the other that was that special as much as our kids wanted to spend another week with each other.”
The win helped Davidson avenge a 28-14 loss to Wayne, which was led by current Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, in a Division I state semifinal in 2010.
Davidson spotted Wayne an early 7-0 lead before scoring the game’s final 37 points.
The Warriors scored on their first possession, as quarterback D’Mitrik Trice connected with Chad Swanson for a 12-yard touchdown with 6 minutes, 52 seconds left in the first quarter.
After Davidson’s defense held on downs at its 25-yard line late in the first quarter, the Wildcats went to their rarely used passing game to tie the game at 7.
Quarterback Nick Iske connected with Joe Bernard for a 67-yard gain to Wayne ‘s4-yard line. Two plays later, Iske scored on a 1-yard run to tie the game with 8:01 remaining in the second quarter.
Davidson took the lead for good at 14-7 on Phillipie Motley’s 15-yard touchdown run with 4:19 left in the first half. The Wildcats tacked on three more points, as Jack Johns made a 31-yard field goal as time expired for a 17-7 lead at the half.
Markus Bailey’s first of two interceptions in the game helped set up the field goal.
Bailey added touchdown runs of 6 and 4 yards in the second half.
Clark rushed for 119 yards on 27 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Motley finished with 83 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Trice completed 14 of 25 passes for 133 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.
“It wasn’t an easy win,” Bailey said. “Both teams played really hard. We just kept working hard. We managed the clock and played Hilliard Davidson football. We capitalized on mistakes when we needed to.”
W – Swanson 12 pass from Trice (Strong kick)
HD – Iske 1 run (Jack Johns kick)
HD – Motley 15 run (Jack Johns kick)
HD – Jack Johns 31 FG
HD – Clark 2 run (Jack Johns kick)
HD – Bailey 6 run (kick fails)
HD – Bailey 4 run (Jack Johns kick)