The Canal Winchester football team scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to rally to defeat host Olentangy Berlin 24-21 on Sept. 6.
The Indians, who improved to 2-0, trailed 14-0 at halftime and 21-14 after three quarters.
But early in the fourth quarter, the Bears fumbled during a handoff exchange and Canal Winchester’s Jonathan Chandler scooped up the ball and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 21.
Then, with less than a minute left, Avery Musick made a 44-yard field goal to give the Indians the victory.
Canal Winchester coach Josh Stratton said “big plays and (a) defensive touchdown” were the difference-makers.
“We didn’t play very well,” Stratton said. “I told our kids all week that these guys are good, big and physical, also well-coached.”
Berlin’s Johnny Spinner opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run. The Bears’ Justin Rader then recovered a muffed punt at the Indians’ 1 to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dylan Reyes that put Berlin ahead 14-0.
The Indians opened the second half with a 1-yard touchdown run by Stephan Byrd to make it 14-7 and, two possessions later, Tyler Toledo scored on a 61-yard run to tie the game at 14.
Later in the third quarter, Berlin went ahead 21-14 on a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jacob Moeller.
Toledo led the Indians’ ground game with 94 yards on seven carries and Byrd added 76 yards. Spinner had 97 yards rushing to lead the Bears, who fell to 1-1.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final CANAL WINCHESTER 0 0 14 10 24 OLENTANGY BERLIN
0 14 7 0 21
OB—Spinner 3 run (Lewis kick)
OB—Reyes 1 run (Lewis kick)
CW—Byrd 1 run (Musick kick)
CW—Toledo 61 run (Musick kick)
OB—Moeller 7 run (Lewis kick)
CW—Chandler 50 fumble return (Musick kick)
CW—Musick 44 FG