Dublin Jerome career rushing leader on 2-3 start: “I take it personally.”

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Wilson is the career rushing leader at Jerome with 3,350 yards. (Andrea Kjerrumgaard/ThisWeek)

Dublin Jerome High School senior running back Donovan Wilson is
winding down what has been a record-setting prep football career, one
he’s hoping to cap with a postseason berth. But the Celtics face an uphill climb…


Dublin Jerome High School senior running back Donovan Wilson is
winding down what has been a record-setting prep football career, one
he’s hoping to cap with a postseason berth.

But the Celtics face an uphill climb to what would be their third playoff appearance and first since 2008.

“Hopefully we can win the rest of our games,” Wilson said. “We can do it, we just have to keep working hard.”

The Celtics fell to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division
with a 20-7 loss to Hilliard Darby on Sept. 22. The game began Sept. 21,
but was suspended because of bad weather.

Wilson rushed for 103 yards with a 1-yard touchdown on 33 carries, but Jerome was limited to 130 total yards.

“We have to start playing better and I need to start playing better,”
Wilson said. “I take it personally. I know I’m supposed to make plays
for the team and I didn’t do that in last week’s game.”

Jerome will look to bounce back on Friday, Sept. 28, when it visits
Westerville North, which will try to snap a 40-game losing streak.

The Celtics defeated North 49-2 last season and lead the series 4-0.

“I’m definitely not happy,” coach Mark Hundley said. “It’s not so
much the record as much as we’re just not playing smart football and
that upsets me. The record is probably the result because we’re not
playing smart football, but if we were playing smart and had a 2-3
record, I’d probably be OK with it.”

Scioto, Darby and Westerville South are tied for first in the league at 2-0. Jerome and Westerville Central are both 1-1.

The Celtics play host to Scioto on Oct. 5 and South on Oct. 19.

“The rest of the teams on our schedule better get ready for Donovan because he’s getting ready for them,” Hundley said.

For the season, Wilson has 802 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 155 carries.

The 6-foot-1, 212-pound Georgia Tech recruit holds program records
for career rushing yards (3,530), career rushing touchdowns (41),
rushing yards in a season (1,420 in 2011) and rushing touchdowns in a
season (16 in 2011).

His six touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Delaware on Sept. 7 also is a program record.

Wilson is following in the footsteps of his brother, Cam, a 2012
Jerome graduate who holds program records for receptions in a game (13),
season (77 in 2010) and career (175), along with receiving yards in a
game (258), season (1,079 in 2010) and career (2,625).

Cam Wilson has been redshirted for his freshman season at the University of Iowa.

Donovan Wilson selected Georgia Tech over Boston College and Purdue.

“It’s real cool,” he said of being able to join his brother as a Division I college player. “It’s exciting. We both really have…READ COMPLETE STORY HERE

 

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