The Dublin Scioto High School football team dominated Worthington Kilbourne in the first half en route to a 34-21 win Oct. 6 in the Battle of Hard Road.
Even though the Wolves scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 10 minutes, the Irish had the game in control after Jaden Penn scored on a 5-yard run in the middle of the second quarter to give Scioto a 17-0 lead.
The Irish improved to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division and retained the hunk of asphalt that represents the Battle of Hard Road trophy. The Wolves fell to 3-4 and 2-1.
“I thought our offense did a nice job jumping up early and the defense was in charge most of the game until the end, but we’ll work those things out,” Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. “We hit them with a big play early and then the defense made two big stops to help us keep the lead.”
The Irish went 60 yards in eight plays on the game’s opening possession, capping the drive with a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyron Rogers to Jacob Jones on a sideline streak.
After Kilbourne went three-and-out on its first possession, Scioto capped a 12-play drive with a 24-yard field goal by Griffin Crosa for a 10-0 lead. The Wolves tried to respond, but Joey Laudermilch’s 42-yard field-goal attempt hit the crossbar.
Early in the second quarter, the Wolves were stopped short on fourth-and-1 at the Scioto 36. The ensuing drive by the Irish resulted in Penn’s 5-yard touchdown run.
“We had chances, especially in the first half, but we lost yardage on fourth-and-one,” Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti said. “We have to be able to get a tough yard like that when we need to. I think that was the big play in the game.”
Kilbourne cut its deficit to 17-7 when quarterback Grayson Timms threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Joey McQuade with 2:57 left in the third quarter.
But on the ensuing possession, Scioto covered 70 yards in seven plays with Rogers scoring on a 4-yard run to regain momentum with 43 seconds left in the quarter. Kenyon Pannell had a 44-yard run on the drive.
Scioto linebacker Gabe Wallace effectively sealed the outcome when he returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the third quarter to give the Irish a 31-7 lead. On the play, Wallace grabbed the ball out of the air after the pass was deflected by defensive back Jalyn Ware.
Rogers was 19-for-28 passing for 202 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score, and Jones caught nine passes for 106 yards.
“We hit them with the big play and that loosened them up a bit and made the short passes much easier,” Rogers said. “We just wanted to take what was there and Jacob makes things happen when I get the ball in his hands.”
Kilbourne had only 45 total yards and four first downs, including two by penalty, in the first half. The Wolves finished with 221 total yards, as Timms was 13-for-30 passing for 151 yards and led the team with 40 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Pannell had 100 yards rushing on 21 carries for Scioto.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final WORTHINGTON KILBOURNE 0 0 7 14 21 DUBLIN SCIOTO
10 7 14 3 34
DS—Jones 36 pass from Rogers (Crosa kick)
DS—Crosa 24 FG
DS—Penn 5 run (Crosa kick)
WK—J. McQuade 43 pass from Timms (Laudermilch kick)
DS—Rogers 4 run (Crosa kick)
DS—Wallace 32 interception return (Crosa kick)
WK—Wilson recovered fumble in end zone (Laudermilch kick)
DS—Crosa 37 FG
WK—Baker 35 pass from Timms (Laudermilch kick)