The Hilliard Davidson High School football team moved within a win of the outright OCC-Central Division title and also potentially securing the top seed in the Division I, Region 3 playoffs with a 28-7 win at Marysville on Oct. 19.
The Wildcats improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the league, while the Monarchs fell to 4-5 and 1-3.
“Hopefully, we can get a win next week (against Westland) and win the league outright because the last thing we want to do is share with any of those people who could potentially share with us,” Wildcats coach Brian White said.
Quarterback Carson Felicetty completed all four of his pass attempts for 149 yards and two touchdowns and Jordan Hicks rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats.
Davidson opened the scoring on Hicks’ 1-yard touchdown run with 26.2 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Felicetty’s 26-yard pass to Christian Sweet helped set up the score.
The Wildcats, who did not attempt a pass the previous two games, went to the air for their second score, as Felicetty hit Sweet over the middle with a short pass with Sweet doing the rest for a 75-yard touchdown and 14-0 lead with 3:35 left in the first half.
Davidson took over deep in Marysville territory on its next possession as punter Bodie Eberhart mishandled a low snap from center, leading to Hicks’ 2-yard touchdown run and 21-0 lead at halftime.
Felicetty connected with C.W. Hess for a 42-yard touchdown in the third quarter to cap the Wildcats’ scoring.
Quarterback Walker Heard teamed with Anthony Kessler for an 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to account for Marysville’s scoring.
Chase Kilgore rushed for 59 yards on 13 carries for the Monarchs.
“It’s Davidson and Brian does a great job over there year in and year out,” Marysville coach Brent Johnson said. “They’re going to be physical. We knew that coming in and that’s what we’re building here, a physical football team. I thought our kids battled the entire game, so we’re proud of them for that.”
Despite the win, White wasn’t totally pleased with his team’s performance. Hicks’ 55-yard run for an apparent touchdown was nullified because of a holding penalty in the second quarter, and Davidson was penalized nine times for 85 yards. Marysville had seven penalties for 75 yards.
“I’m extremely disappointed,” White said. “The penalties we had tonight, the behavior of our kids, I’m just extremely disappointed that this is what we came out here and did. Obviously, we’re happy to win the game, but if we do this in the playoffs, we’re going to be one and done and we’re going to be going home real fast. We have some things we have to deal with just in terms of the way our kids conducted themselves.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final HILLIARD DAVIDSON 7 14 7 0 28 MARYSVILLE
0 0 0 7 7
HD—Hicks 1 run (Carrier kick)
HD—Sweet 75 pass from Felicetty (Carrier kick)
HD—Hicks 2 run (Carrier kick)
HD—Hess 42 pass from Felicetty (Carrier kick)
M—Kessler 11 pass from Heard (Wolfe kick)