The Upper Arlington football team again came up short of a win Sept. 20 when it fell to undefeated Westerville South 28-21, but the Golden Bears take some momentum into a Friday, Sept. 27, visit to another run-oriented team in Lancaster.
UA ran for a season-high 359 yards and had two 100-yard rushers for the first time this year as Chris Schweisthal ran for 136 yards on 17 carries and Carson Gresock added 20 carries for 131 yards. Both had one touchdown, with the Bears' third coming on a 9-yard run from Lucas Arce in the second quarter to tie the game at 14.
South scored 14 points in the third quarter to take the lead for good and drop UA to 1-3 for the first time since 2009.
"I'm not sure I've ever been a part of a game where a team has rushed for 359 yards and lost. We gave up the big plays and we didn't make them earn it all the way down the field," Bears coach Jeremey Scally said. "I'm really proud of our offensive line. That unit, specifically, had the best week of practice they've had all year. They've taken their coaching, grown up and improved every week."
Lancaster is 1-2 after a 51-20 win at Newark on Sept. 20.
The Golden Gales' two losses have come against 4-0 Watterson, 24-22 on Aug. 30, and 3-1 Hilliard Darby, 21-7 on Sept. 13.
Lancaster established its long-used wing-T offense against Newark, rushing for 393 yards on 47 attempts and scoring 24 points in the second quarter to take a 31-14 halftime lead.
Sage Hill ran for 113 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, Max Hamilton added 112 yards and a score on seven carries and Brock Thomas took two of his eight carries to the end zone and finished with 92 yards.
The Gales were held to 175 total yards Sept. 13 against Darby.
"I've coached against them four or five times and they're a carbon copy of what they've always been," Scally said. "They know their scheme, they know how to control time of possession and they know how to limit (opponents') opportunities. As good as they look on film, they're one of those teams that looks even better in person. Our philosophies are similar, but we do what we do in different ways."