Hilliard Davidson wins despite ejection of head coach; Wildcats improve to 4-1

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Davidson 28, T. Worthington 6
Hilliard Davidson used another strong performance from senior
quarterback Connor Dietz to turn back visiting Thomas Worthington on
Friday. Dietz led a second-half attack, rushing for three touchdowns, to power
the host Wildcats (4-1) to a 28-6 win. The Cardinals remain winless at
0-5. Dietz scored on runs of 5, 47 and 56 yards, and finished with 203 yards rushing on 13 carries.


HILLIARD – Hilliard Davidson used another strong performance from senior quarterback Connor Dietz to turn back visiting Thomas Worthington on Friday.

Dietz led a second-half attack, rushing for three touchdowns, to power the host Wildcats (4-1) to a 28-6 win. The Cardinals remain winless at 0-5.

Dietz scored on runs of 5, 47 and 56 yards, and finished with 203 yards rushing on 13 carries.

Thomas Worthington took advantage of a penalty-filled first half to take its lone lead of the game early in the second quarter when Brett Hoffman connected with Thomas Senessie for a 7-yard touchdown. The scoring drive was aided by nearly 40 yards in penalties whistled against Davidson. Following a roughing the punter call against his team, Wildcat coach Brian White was ejected for excessive arguing 30 seconds into the second quarter.

An illegal block and two holding penalties helped stall two earlier Davidson drives.

White’s ejection and Senessie’s touchdown appeared to ignite the Wildcats as they drove 63 yards on 12 plays on their next possession. A 1-yard run by Jake Trubiano with 4:10 remaining in the first half capped it. Colby Catlett’s extra point gave the hosts the lead for good.

With its head coach in the locker room, Davidson came out motivated in the second half, scoring on its first three possessions to take command. Dietz’s two long touchdown scampers capped the scoring and sealed the non-league win.

“We just saw it as a thing of adversity,” Dietz said of the wild second quarter. “Good teams face adversity well. Obviously, (White) is a great coach, he prepared us. He doesn’t even have to be on the field and we can do it. The assistant coaches are unbelievable. It was a great job by our offensive coaches to step up for coach White even though he couldn’t be on the field.”

Davidson’s defense also rode the momentum, limiting the Cardinals to 12 yards in their first three possessions of the second half.

“Our kids just stepped up and rose to the occasion,” assistant coach Chip Abele said. “We didn’t play the best game, but obviously we’ll take a win anytime we can get it.

“We told them they were trying to take away some stuff inside. We told our kids we were going to try and hit them on the outside a little bit. We did that for the most part. Hats off to the defensive coaches and what they were able to do in the second half. Hopefully we’ll get some things cleaned up. We have to eliminate the personal fouls and the holding penalties because it only gets tougher from here on out.”

Davidson will open OCC-Buckeye Division play next Friday at Upper Arlington. The Bears suffered their first loss of the season Friday 22-7 against Hilliard Darby. Darby handed Davidson its lone loss of the season 21-10 on Aug. 24.

Thomas Worthington opens OCC-Central play at Central Crossing.

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