The Pickerington High School Central football team finally got the opening it was looking for with 16.4 seconds remaining in the third quarter against visiting Reynoldsburg on Sept. 25.

The Pickerington High School Central football team finally got the opening it was looking for with 16.4 seconds remaining in the third quarter against visiting Reynoldsburg on Sept. 25.

That's when punter Cole Mathias couldn't handle a poor snap and kicked the ball out of the end zone for a safety that cut the Raiders' lead to nine points.

Then, as has been the case every year since 2001 in this rivalry, the Tigers found a way to win.

Central rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat the Raiders 29-21, marking its 15th consecutive victory in the series.

Both teams are 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division.

"It's the craziest game I've ever played in in my life," Central senior linebacker Scott Pierce said. "It feels so good to come out with this victory in a close game like this. I'm so proud of our guys."

Pierce played a big role in sealing the win for the Tigers, but that came after senior kicker Devon McMillin had a moment to shine.

After the safety cut its deficit to 21-12, Central scored with 9:15 to go on a 2-yard run by Jeremiah Wood.

The Tigers then forced the Raiders to punt on the ensuing possession and took over at their own 31.

On the sixth play of the drive, quarterback Seth Currens hit Danny Foster for a 29-yard reception on third-and-23 from the Tigers' 31.

Central moved to the Reynoldsburg 29 but got pushed back to the 35, and on fourth-and-17, McMillin made a 52-yard field goal with 2:20 left to give the Tigers a 22-21 lead.

According to coach Jay Sharrett, that tied the program record.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit nervous, but I've been in situations like that before," McMillin said.

On the third play of Reynoldsburg's ensuing drive, quarterback Nathan Barko was hit by Kieren Douglas and Drew Hawley and Pierce picked up the loose ball and ran 8 yards into the end zone to make it 29-21.

The Raiders got 238 yards rushing and one touchdown from Cameron Young.

"We've got to finish the game," Reynoldsburg coach Buddy White said. "It's a tough one. These kids were really counting on this. I'm proud of our kids' effort."

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Team 1 2 3 4 Final REYNOLDSBURG
7 7 7 0 21 PICKERINGTON CENTRAL
0 7 5 17 29

R-Chatman 9 run (Mathias kick)
PC-Currens 6 run (McMillin kick)
R-Young 8 run (Mathias kick)
PC-McMillin 22 FG
R-Chatman 2 run (Mathias kick)
PC-Safety, punter kicked fumbled snap out of end zone
PC-Wood 2 run (McMillin kick)
PC-McMillin 52 FG
PC-Pierce 8 fumble return (McMillin kick)