Adam Booth of the Dublin Jerome football team scored three touchdowns and the Celtics’ defense recovered three fumbles and made a goal-line stand in a 24-6 victory over visiting Hilliard Darby on Sept. 27.
Booth finished with 116 yards on 25 carries and scored on runs of 2, 10 and 39 yards, helping Jerome improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.
“The whole team played well,” Booth said. “We were storming the ball getting turnovers, and the offensive line did their job. It just all played out.”
A mistake by Jerome quarterback Ryan Miller gave Darby a 6-0 lead midway through the second quarter, as Connor Jones intercepted Miller and returned the ball 75 yards for the score.
The Celtics answered with their longest drive of the game, going 80 yards in 12 plays, capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Booth that gave Jerome a 7-6 halftime lead.
From there, Jerome’s defense took over, forcing turnovers on Darby’s first two possessions of the third quarter.
“That’s what these games come down to when you play a really good program like that is mistakes,” Jerome coach Bob Gecewich said. “To be able to force mistakes and make some plays off those is humongous.”
The Celtics took advantage of both third-quarter miscues and the short field, with Booth scoring from 10 and 39 yards out.
“They beat us fair and square and, obviously, we didn’t help our cause with the turnovers and the poor execution,” said Darby coach John Santagata, whose team dropped to 3-2 and 1-1.
Darby totaled 178 yards rushing but had just 23 on the ground in the second half. Jones led the Panthers with 90 yards on 12 carries.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final HILLIARD DARBY 0 6 0 0 6 DUBLIN JEROME
0 7 17 0 24
HD — Jones 75 interception return (kick failed)
DJ — Booth 2 run (Gross kick)
DJ — Booth 10 run (Gross kick)
DJ — Booth 39 run (Gross kick)
DJ — Gross 39 FG