Franklin Heights at Dublin Scioto: Irish take ‘momentum’ into matchup with Falcons

FRANK DIRENNA
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Ed Worthen helped Dublin Scioto rally to defeat Canal Winchester 28-21 on Sept. 11. The Irish play host to Franklin Heights on Friday, Sept. 18.

Since an opening-week 42-28 loss to Westerville South, the Dublin Scioto football team has bounced back to win a pair of games.

The Irish will seek their third consecutive win when they play host to Franklin Heights on Friday, Sept. 18.

Scioto improved to 2-1 overall and in the OCC-Capital Division by rallying past Canal Winchester 28-21 on Sept. 11.

“Obviously, when you win back-to-back, that’s momentum,” Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. “The nice thing this season is it’s not a race for (computer) points, so you’re really building to try to build your best team for October and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re going to keep working our pieces and hope we stay healthy and hopefully keep the (COVID-19 coronavirus) away and keep building from there.”

Franklin Heights fell to 0-3 overall and in the league with a 35-6 loss to Big Walnut on Sept. 11. The Falcons have been outscored 116-20.

The teams have met twice previously, with Scioto winning 41-21 in 2006 and 58-7 in 2007.

Trailing Canal Winchester 21-7 at halftime, the Irish outscored the Indians 21-0 in the second half.

Ed Worthen rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries to lead Scioto, and his 3-yard touchdown run with 11 minutes, 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter was the winning score.

Amare Jenkins completed 16 of 21 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and Xavier Lopes had eight receptions for 109 yards.

Lesley Andoh’s 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to begin the second half pulled the Irish within 21-14 after Andoh and Jenkins had connected on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left in the second quarter for Scioto’s first points.

De’Andre Johnson rushed for 43 yards on 10 carries and Tommy McGeehan added 39 yards and a touchdown on seven carries to lead Franklin Heights against Big Walnut.

“Our focus as a program has to be to continually get better each day and eliminate our mistakes,” Franklin Heights coach Cory Fenner said. “We won't be able to win football games unless we give ourselves a chance.”

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WEEK 4

FRANKLIN HEIGHTS at DUBLIN SCIOTO

•When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18

•Last meeting: 2007, Scioto 58-7

•Franklin Heights (0-3 overall, 0-3 in OCC-Capital) to date: Lost to Westerville North 17-0; lost to Canal Winchester 64-14; lost to Big Walnut 35-6

•Scioto (2-1 overall, 2-1 in OCC-Capital) to date: Lost to Westerville South 42-28; defeated Worthington Kilbourne 21-3; def. Canal Winchester 28-21

•Top Falcons: Jeffery Beverly (QB), Adrian Bowers (RB/LB), Jacob Prince (OL/DL), Sam Rush (RB/DL), Artrell Saunders (WR/DB) and Bobby Watt (OL/DL)

•Top Irish: Lesley Andoh (RB/DB), Tysen Boze (WR/DB), Amare Jenkins (QB), Maxwell Martin-Lee (OL/DL), Xavier Lopes (WR/DB), Mason Salvator (RB/LB/K/P), Koel Shaw (OL/DL), Joe Trent (TE/DL), Vernon Williams (TE/DL) and Ed Worthen (RB)