Christian Sweet has seen time all over the field for the Hilliard Davidson High School football team, starting as a cornerback his sophomore year before working his way into a starting role in the backfield.
During a recent practice, he even played strong safety when another player had his helmet knocked off and had to briefly sit out.
Special teams have remained a constant for the senior, however, and that is where he made arguably his biggest impact Oct. 5 against Upper Arlington.
After scoring on a 20-yard run in the final minute of the first quarter, Sweet returned a punt 51 yards for a touchdown 23 seconds into the second quarter for what turned out to be the game-winning score as the host Wildcats again knocked off the Golden Bears 17-7 in OCC-Central Division play.
“Their punter (Ben Krimm) is by far the best punter we’ve gone up against. I just got behind their coverage, I made the first guy miss and took advantage of some good blocks,” Sweet said. “I just like to get my opportunity to make a big play. My teammates did all the work and I was able to find the end zone.”
Davidson, which attempted only one pass, improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the league and won its 12th consecutive game in the rivalry dating to 2008. The Wildcats lead the all-time series 20-5.
UA, which fell to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Central, has been held to a touchdown or less in all but one of those games.
“Christian is such a big playmaker for us, a jack of all trades. He could play anywhere in our secondary right now, but he does so much offensively and that takes a lot out of him,” Davidson coach Brian White said. “Nobody wants to be in the senior class that has this streak end. It’s something they are proud of.”
The Bears did not score until the final 90 seconds. After a fumble recovery, Josh Rushin caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Leve.
“Our defense played lights out; it was outstanding. They defended a good, complex team and did a lot of great things,” UA coach Joel Cutler said. “We just have to get healthy and take care of us.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final UPPER ARLINGTON 0 0 0 7 7 HILLIARD DAVIDSON
7 7 3 0 17
HD—Sweet 20 run (Carrier kick)
HD—Sweet 51 punt return (Carrier kick)
HD—Carrier 44 FG
UA—Rushin 32 pass from Leve (Raish kick)