A blocked field goal in the waning moments of regulation and a missed two-point conversion attempt in overtime kept the Olentangy Orange High School football team from remaining unbeaten in the OCC-Buckeye Division.
In overtime, a low pass on the two-point conversion hit the Pioneers' Zach Harrison in the shin, falling incomplete to give visiting Olentangy a 35-34 win Oct. 5 in league competition.
The missed conversion attempt ended a see-saw affair between the rivals, giving the Braves a 7-3 edge in the all-time series. Orange had won the previous two matchups.
“When you win, it’s always about the kids, and when you lose, it’s all about the coaches,” said Olentangy coach Mark Solis, whose team improved to 3-4 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Buckeye. “This was all about the kids. They fought back and did what they needed to win.”
With the game tied at 28, Orange drove to the Olentangy 7-yard line with 14 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Aidan Hill attempted a 24-yard field goal, but Braves defensive back DeAnte Ables blocked the kick and teammate Luke Riedel fell on the loose ball to send the game into overtime.
“DeAnte was there to block it and I fell on it,” Riedel said. “I went to scoop it up but decided to fall on it. DeAnte had a huge play for us.”
The Braves had the first overtime possession and scored on a 3-yard run by running back Zach Shiblaq, his second touchdown of the game.
Orange, which fell to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the league, answered on its first play in overtime as Robbie Dayhuff connected with Zane Lattig on a 20-yard touchdown pass. The Pioneers opted to go for two points rather than attempt the extra point that would have sent the game to a second overtime.
“This game means everything,” Riedel said. “We had a slow start to the season, but we’re getting better. We’re 2-0 in the league and need to keep going from here.”
Olentangy quarterback Connor Haag was 12-for-17 passing for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and Shiblaq rushed for 94 yards and two scores. Caden Kaiser had four receptions for 93 yards, and Riedel had five catches for 19 yards and rushed four times for 28 yards.
Dayhuff led Orange, rushing for 88 yards on 17 carries and completing 16 of 22 passes for 174 yards and three scores. Sam Wyne had two catches for 60 yards and a touchdown, and Harrison caught five passes for 46 yards and one score.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 OT Final OLENTANGY 0 14 7 7 7 35 OLENTANGY ORANGE
0 21 7 0 6 34
OO—Harrison 5 pass from Dayhuff (Hill kick)
O—Riedel 85 kickoff return (Pethel kick)
O—Drummond 12 pass from Haag (Pethel kick)
OO—Wyne 48 pass from Dayhuff (Hill kick)
OO—Gifford 43 fumble recovery (Hill kick)
O—Riedel 11 pass from Haag (Pethel kick)
OO—Vanchieri 2 run (Hill kick)
O—Shiblaq 1 run (Pethel kick)
O—Shiblaq 3 run (Pethel kick)
OO—Lattig 20 pass from Dayhuff (pass failed)