Friday Night Live roundup: Week 4 scores and recaps
Watterson 35, DeSales 34 (2OT)
Cam Nickleson scored on a 2-yard run and then caught the winning two-point conversion pass from Jake Hoying as Watterson edged host DeSales 35-34 in two overtimes Sept. 18.
The victory not only avenged a 28-22 overtime loss to the Stallions on Aug. 28 but also marked the Eagles’ first win at DeSales in 15 seasons.
Watterson improved to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the CCL, while DeSales fell to 3-1 and 2-1.
“Our kids didn’t quit,” Watterson coach Brian Kennedy said. “You look back at that first game, and we made some mistakes that I thought cost us. Tonight, it was kind of going that way, but to our kids credit, they found a way.”
Hoying completed 15 of 26 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
His 9-yard touchdown to Andrew Bettendorf with 7 minutes, 30 seconds left made it 20-all, capping a drive in which the Eagles picked up a fourth-and-13 at the DeSales 28-yard line by inches.
Hoying threw a 4-yard touchdown to Davis Boone in the first overtime.
“I think it’s a testament to our team how mentally tough we’ve been,” Hoying said. “We’ve never lost our confidence. We stayed in the game.”
Watterson trailed 10-0 in the first quarter before Danny Siegel scooped up a fumble and scored on an 11-yard return.
Whit Hobgood led the Stallions, completing six of nine passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. He scored on runs of 5 and 13 yards in overtime.
Quintell Quinn finished with 90 yards on 21 carries.
“I felt like we had some mistakes that added up, and we couldn’t overcome them,” DeSales coach Ryan Wiggins said. “We needed to make a play, especially late in the game with the lead.”
D—Baughman 23 FG
D—Johnson 84 pass from Hobgood (Baughman kick)
W—Siegel 11 fumble return (Blank kick)
D—Baughman 33 FG
W—Boone 19 pass from Hoying (Blank kick)
D—Thompson 23 run (Baughman kick)
W—Bettendorf 9 pass from Hoying (kick failed)
W—Boone 4 pass from Hoying (Blank kick)
D—Hobgood 5 run (Baughman kick)
D—Hobgood 13 run (Baughman kick)
W— Nickleson 2 run (Nickleson pass from Hoying)
Harvest Prep 18, Ready 15
As was the case last season when Harvest Prep beat Ready in overtime, this year's matchup Sept. 18 had its share of drama.
The visiting Silver Knights got to within three points early in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Darius Parham.
Ready then had a chance to tie it with 46 seconds to go as it sent kicker Evan O'Connell in to attempt a 42-yard field goal.
Harvest Prep called three timeouts to freeze O'Connell, however, and his attempt was long enough but went wide left as the Warriors held on for an 18-15 victory.
Harvest Prep, which beat the Knights 21-15 last season, improved to 3-1 while Ready dropped to 2-2 in a non-league game.
The Knights are considered auxiliary members of the MSL-Ohio Division.
"Hard work pays off," said Warriors junior linebacker Chandler Burrell, who had five tackles for loss. "We've got a good scout team and they help us out a lot during the week. The defense has got heart."
The Warriors made it 18-8 when quarterback Aidan Rogers connected with Rahshaun Goines for a 15-yard touchdown with 1:55 left in the third quarter.
Goines finished with two catches for 93 yards, both for touchdowns, while Josiah Carroll had 4 rushes for 77 yards and one score and Jaylen Jennings had 68 yards on 21 carries.
"We had a good week of practice, so I feel like we came out and executed and got the win," Goines said.
Ready took an 8-0 lead on the second play of the second quarter when Parham ran for a 3-yard touchdown to cap a 12-play, 71-yard drive. After Harvest Prep was whistled for offsides on the extra-point attempt, the Knights instead went for 2 and Brian Fitzsimmons ran for the conversion.
On the Warriors first play of the ensuing possession, Rogers hit Goines for a 78-yard touchdown pass to cut it to 8-6.
The Warriors' Terrence Kee recovered a fumble with 9:25 left in the first half and Carroll broke for a 58-yard touchdown run on the next play to make it 12-8.
Edjay Sumo added a first-half interception for the Warriors, who limited Ready to 117 yards rushing on 42 attempts.
"(The field-goal attempt) gave us a shot," Ready coach Joel Cutler said. "They did a good job and we knew from watching film that they were going to be a good, physical matchup for us."
HARVEST PREP: 0-12-6-0--18
R—Parham 3 run (Fitzsimmons run)
HP—Goines 78 pass from Rogers (pass failed)
HP—Carroll 58 run (run failed)
HP—Goines 15 pass from Rogers (pass failed)
R—Parham 6 run (O'Connell kick)
Westerville Central 43, Gahanna Lincoln 0
Westerville Central took command early in a 43-0 win over visiting Gahanna on Sept. 18.
With the Warhawks leading 36-0 at halftime, the second half was played with a running clock.
Central improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division, while Gahanna fell to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the league.
“I thought we prepped for the week and our guys showed up and played one of our best games of the season,” Central coach Brent Morrison said. “We challenged the kids to play to their potential because we’ve known about this (senior) class since they were in middle school.
“Everyone talked about how great they were going to be. This season we haven’t proven that and that was the challenge to them, and they definitely did it tonight.”
The Warhawks set the tone early on Michael Ross’ 60-yard gain on his team’s first play from scrimmage, setting up Luke Swaney’s 8-yard touchdown run.
Ross rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
Judah Holtzclaw passed for a touchdown and also ran for a score.
Dylan Harris returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Central outgained Gahanna 333-104. The Lions, who were limited to 14 yards rushing, also committed five turnovers.
“We didn’t show up tonight,” Gahanna coach Bruce Ward said. “Not to take anything away from Westerville Central, but I would have bet my house we wouldn’t lose 43-0. We didn’t show up ready to play. We got beat in every facet of the game.”
WESTERVILLE CENTRAL: 15-21-7-0--43
WC—Swaney 8 run (Robertson run)
WC—Holtzclaw 2 run (Robertson kick)
WC—Swaney 9 pass from Holtzclaw (Robertson kick)
WC—Ross 2 run (Robertson kick)
WC—Ross 3 run (Robertson kick)
WC—Harris 45 interception return (Robertson kick)
Big Walnut 31, Worthington Kilbourne 0
Big Walnut started fast and never let up on defense as the Golden Eagles defeated visiting Worthington Kilbourne 31-0 on Sept. 18.
Caden Williams rushed for touchdowns of 3 and 4 yards and Jagger Barnett threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Grant Coulson in the closing seconds of the second quarter for a 20-0 lead.
The Golden Eagles extended their lead to 28 points early in the third quarter when Williams rushed for an 8-yard touchdown and Barnett completed a two-point conversion pass to Cam Gladden.
Zach Willoughby-Neal added a 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles finished with 427 total yards of offense while holding the Wolves to just 74 yards.
“I’m proud of how we played together as a team, and we did it as a unit,” said Big Walnut coach Rob Page, whose team improved to 3-1 overall and in the OCC-Capital. “Offensively, we knew that for us to be successful we needed to be able to run the football and win the line of scrimmage, and the offensive line did that. We were also opportunistic in the passing game.
“And defensively, we shut the door.”
Williams rushed for 189 yards on 40 carries and caught three passes for 42 yards. Coulson caught nine passes for 114 yards, and Barnett completed 19 of 26 passes for 212 yards.
Kilbourne quarterback Mitchell Tomasek completed seven of 21 passes for 60 yards and two interceptions. Willoughby-Neal and Garrett Stover had the interceptions for Big Walnut.
Cayden Dougherty caught two passes for 50 yards for the Wolves.
“They jumped on us pretty quick. (They are a) very physical football team,” said Kilbourne coach Mike Edwards, whose team dropped to 2-2 overall and in the league. “We couldn’t get our offense going. In the first half, we never once got their defense on their heels.
“We came back and fought hard in the second half, but it just wasn’t enough. That’s a pretty good football team, and they were definitely better than us tonight.”
WORTHINGTON KILBOURNE: 0-0-0-0--0
BIG WALNUT: 7-13-8-3--31
BW—Williams 3 run (Willoughby-Neal kick)
BW—Williams 4 run (Willoughby-Neal kick)
BW—Coulson 37 pass from Barnett (kick failed)
BW—Williams 8 run (Coulson pass from Barnett)
BW—Willoughby-Neal 24 FG
Central Ohio scores
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Sept. 18: Pickerington Central 43, Groveport 3
Sept. 17: Week 4 roundup