The Hilliard Davidson High School football team gained all of its 167 yards Oct. 6 at Upper Arlington on the ground, but it was the 134 yards provided by kicker Sean Carrier that rescued the Wildcats.
Carrier’s second 43-yard field goal of the game with 23 seconds left gave Davidson a 9-6 win over UA, its 11th consecutive victory in the rivalry.
Carrier’s first field goal came in the second quarter, and he made a 48-yarder with 6:18 to go to tie the game. He also missed a 39-yard try late in the third quarter.
“It’s really a team thing. They get as much as they can and I go out there and kick it,” said Carrier, a sophomore who also plays soccer and rejoined the football team this year after playing in middle school. “It’s a stressful job, but they got me to where I needed to be.”
The Wildcats improved to 3-4 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Central Division in winning consecutive games for the first time this season.
Carrier also made field goals of 46 and 52 yards in a 40-0 win over Central Crossing on Sept. 29.
“Our offense isn’t doing what it needs to do, but luckily our defense is playing lights out and doing a tremendous job,” Davidson coach Brian White said. “Sean’s a big weapon and he’s a really nice kid. He’s gotten better as the year has gone on, and he’s only going to get better. He’s still developing his footwork and his technique.”
UA, which fell to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Central, has not defeated Davidson since Oct. 17, 2008.
Josh Rushin caught seven passes for 102 yards to lead the Golden Bears, including an 11-yard touchdown catch from Sammy Sass with 6 seconds left in the first half. That gave UA a 6-3 lead.
“The Wildcats) just play very sound defense; they don’t over-pursue or mess up. They make you earn everything you get,” Bears coach Joel Cutler said. “Sometimes that can be tougher than anything. They eliminate your big plays.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final HILLIARD DAVIDSON 0 3 0 6 9 UPPER ARLINGTON
0 6 0 0 6
HD—Carrier 43 FG
UA—Rushin 11 pass from Sass (kick failed)
HD—Carrier 48 FG
HD—Carrier 43 FG