It was an uphill battle for the Worthington Kilbourne High School football team at Olentangy Orange on Aug. 26.

It was an uphill battle for the Worthington Kilbourne High School football team at Olentangy Orange on Aug. 26.

In the end, it was a Hill that tripped up the Pioneers, as the Wolves won 29-28 in overtime.

A defensive pass interference penalty against Kilbourne senior slotback and defensive back Nick Hill in overtime helped set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Orange's Jack Applegate that staked the Pioneers to a 28-21 lead.

But Hill redeemed himself, scoring on a 5-yard run on the Wolves' overtime possession and then tacking on a two-point conversion run to end the contest.

"I told the (offensive) line and (tackle Carson Van Lynn) to just give me the smallest of holes and I would score (on the conversion run), and that's what they did," Hill said. "All praise to them. I really felt like I needed to make a play after the (interference) penalty I made in the end zone."

Orange, which outgained the Wolves 372-243 in total yards, then jumped offside as Kilbourne was lining up to kick the extra point, which would have sent the game to a second overtime. The penalty gave the Wolves the ball just outside the 1.

"We made many more good plays than we did bad ones, but the mistakes we made were really costly," Orange coach Zebb Schroeder said. "I felt like we outplayed them but never got a knockout punch."

Orange muffed a punt that Kilbourne recovered at the 1-yard line and scored on the next play for a 14-7 lead midway through the second quarter. But a 5-yard touchdown pass from J.D. Dayhuff to Zach Harrison tied the game before halftime and the Pioneers took a 21-14 lead on Bobby Eleyet's 9-yard run in the middle of the third quarter.

Joe Metcalf made a 41-yard field goal, but the Pioneers took it off the board in favor of a first down as the result of Kilbourne being called for a penalty on the play. Minutes later, Metcalf missed a 29-yard field-goal attempt. On its next possession, Orange had a 35-yard field-goal attempt blocked.

Hill's 13-yard touchdown run capped a 12-play drive with 5:14 left in regulation.

"I told the kids we need to win in two of three phases of the game and we won in special teams and costly turnovers," Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti said. "The kids never gave up and Nick Hill showed what type of character he has. If we made mistakes, we moved on to the next play."


7 7 7 0 7 28

WK-Stewart 1 run (Skillman kick)

OO-Almond 47 pass from Dayhuff (Metcalf kick)

WK-Hill 4 run (Skillman kick)

OO-Harrison 5 pass from Dayhuff (Metcalf kick)

OO-Eleyet 9 run (Metcalf kick)

WK-Hill 13 run (Skillman kick)

OO-Applegate 4 run (Metcalf kick)

WK-Hill 5 run (Hill run)