A turnover and a big play helped the Upper Arlington High School football team build a halftime lead in its opener against visiting St. Charles Preparatory School on Aug. 26, but the two-point margin didn't provide much comfort.

A turnover and a big play helped the Upper Arlington High School football team build a halftime lead in its opener against visiting St. Charles Preparatory School on Aug. 26, but the two-point margin didn't provide much comfort.

Golden Bears coach Joel Cutler was determined to intensify his rushing attack led by E.J. Caldwell and Avery Heath, and the result was a 26-14 victory.

"We talked about making it a four-quarter battle because we felt very good about our strength and conditioning," said Cutler, whose team was up 16-14 at halftime. "We wanted to come out and make it a slugfest and grind it out in the second half."

Caldwell carried five times on UA's opening drive of the second half, which was capped by a 12-yard touchdown pass from Riley Cooper to Will Robbins.

Jack Schoedinger added a 33-yard fourth-quarter field goal, and the Golden Bears' defense held the Cardinals scoreless over the final 30 minutes.

"I think what it came down to in that second half was that our strength and conditioning was better than theirs," said Caldwell, who finished with 60 yards on 18 carries. "We just kind of overpowered them and the holes were there because of that."

Caldwell's 11-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion ended a first-quarter drive that started at the St. Charles' 29 yard line following a fumble. Late in the quarter, Caldwell scored on a touchdown pass from Cooper that covered 88 yards and rushed for the two-point conversion to make it 16-0.

Heath was the rushing leader with 89 yards on nine carries.

New St. Charles coach Bob Jacoby watched his team rally with two second-quarter touchdowns, including a 1-yard run by Matthew Gibbons that ended a 16-play, 80-yard drive with 24 seconds left in the first half.

The junior converted two fourth downs during the drive, including the touchdown.

Davionn Johnson, who suffered a broken hand but continued to play, scored on a 1-yard run to open the Cardinals' scoring. Starter Jordan Burkey also went out several series with an injured knee.

"Once we got those guys back in the lineup, we made a little bit of a surge, but it just wasn't enough," Jacoby said.

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Team 1 2 3 4 Final ST. CHARLES
0 14 0 0 14 UPPER ARLINGTON
16 0 10 0 26

UA-Caldwell 11 run (Caldwell run)

UA-Caldwell 88 pass from Cooper (Caldwell run)

SC-Johnson 1 run (Lohiser pass)

SC-Gibbons 1 run (run fail)

UA-Robbins 12 pass from Cooper (Schoedinger kick)

UA-Schoedinger 33 FG

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