Quarterback Kyron Rogers threw for 302 yards and five touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass on a trick play to lead the host Dublin Scioto High School football team to a 45-31 win over previously unbeaten Delaware on Sept. 21.
The Irish improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, while Delaware dropped to 4-1 and 1-1.
“It was an entertaining game,” Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. “I kept wondering who was going to be the first to blink or come up with a turnover or a big defensive play. We were able to get two key stops all game long and then there at the end when it was pretty much wrapped up we got the last one.”
Rogers was 12-for-17 passing and connected with Kenyon Pannell three times for scores, with Pannell finishing with four catches for 200 yards.
Leading 38-31 with 4 minutes, 27 seconds left, Scioto sealed the outcome when Pete Hrelec ran 56 yards to set up a 22-yard scoring toss from Rogers to Chad Ray.
Hrelec rushed 15 times for 151 yards, and Marty Neuhardt threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Rogers to give the Irish a 38-24 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Both teams punted once and there were no turnovers in the game.
The game was tied at 7 with 1:09 left in the first quarter when play was suspended for 70 minutes because of bad weather.
Delaware scored on its first possession, an 11-play drive covering 81 yards that was capped by Blake Eiland’s 9-yard run. Scioto tied the game on its second possession, which began on its own 47 after a long kickoff return. Three plays later, Rogers threw a short swing pass to Pannell, who raced 36 yards for the score.
After the weather delay, Scioto stopped Delaware short on fourth-and-1 and scored three plays later as Rogers and Pannell hooked up on a 52-yard touchdown pass. The Pacers answered when Eiland threw a 27-yard scoring pass to Nabil Abdus-Salaam, who leaped over a defender to reel the ball in and stayed on his feet to cover the last 12 yards to the end zone.
The Irish again responded quickly following a long kickoff return, as Hrelec ran 29 yards to set up a 19-yard touchdown pass from Rogers to Tobias Thomas.
Eiland tied the score at 21 with a 38-yard run that capped a seven-play, 79-yard drive, but Scioto took a 24-21 lead into halftime thanks to a 33-yard field goal by Griffin Crosa on the final play of the second quarter.
Eiland passed for 245 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 165 yards and two scores on 29 carries to lead the Pacers.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final DELAWARE HAYES 7 14 3 7 31 DUBLIN SCIOTO
7 17 7 14 45
DH—Eiland 9 run (Klumpp kick)
DS—Pannell 36 pass from Rogers (Crosa kick)
DS—Pannell 52 pass from Rogers (Crosa kick)
DH—Abdus-Salaam 27 pass from Eiland (Klumpp kick)
DS—Thomas 19 pass from Rogers (Crosa kick)
DH—Eiland 38 run (Klumpp kick)
DS—Crosa 33 FG
DS—Pannell 73 pass from Rogers (Crosa kick)
DH—Klumpp 31 FG
DS—Rogers 6 pass from Neuhardt (Crosa kick)
DH—Abdus-Salaam 1 pass from Eiland (Klumpp kick)
DS—Ray 22 pass from Rogers (Crosa kick)