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DUBLIN, Ohio – Nearly one year ago, the Dublin Scioto football team was celebrating a 30-13 win over rival Dublin Coffman at home. Fast forward 364 days and the roles have been reversed, as Dre Kendrick rushed for 138 yards and CJ Saunders caught two touchdown passes, leading the Shamrocks to a big 35-7 win over Dublin Scioto on Friday night.
Kendrick’s lone score on the night came 1:29 into the game, as linebacker Chase Granlund picked off Irish quarterback Nathan Densel on the second play from scrimmage, returning the ball inside the Scioto 5.
The score would stay the same until the second quarter, but the Irish surely had chances in the early-going. Holding penalties stalled two drives, negating two long third down conversions. Scioto’s optimal chance for points in the first quarter was all for naught as well, as a fumble inside the Coffman red zone ended their best drive of the night.
Coffman would break through for their second score of the game on a nifty trick play, a double pass from Gunnar Hoak to Kyle Marcinick, who then threw downfield to multi-sport star CJ Saunders. The 41-yard pass would give the Rocks a double digit lead they would not relinquish. The lead would balloon to 21-0 going into halftime as Hoak found Shaun Rankin for a 9-yard strike.
Despite throwing two interceptions, Irish signal caller Nathan Densel had a solid performance, throwing for 178 yards on 14/26 passing. A possible turning point in the third quarter was all for nothing, as a 48-yard touchdown pass from Densel to Cutchember was called back due to a hold. Scioto would score later in the quarter to pull back within 14.
The comeback was on after a three-and-out by Coffman gave the Irish the ball back and it seemed as if the momentum had turned. A third and short pass by Densel fell directly into the hands of Isaac McKinney, returning it 23 yards to the house to quash the rally early in the fourth quarter.
|DC||Kendrick 1 yard run (Granlund kick)|
|DC||Saunders 41 yard pass from Marcinick (Granlund kick)|
|DC||Rankin 9 yard pass from Hoak (Granlund kick)|
|DS||Penn 31 yard run (Crosa kick)|
|DC||McKinney 23 yard INT return (Granlund kick)|
|DC||Saunders 7 yard pass from Beckett (Granlund kick)|
GROVE CITY, Ohio – Defense may win championships, but for now Grove City will be content with just using it to win the season-opener. The Dawgs (1-0) held the vaunted Hilliard Davidson rushing attack to just 81 yards on 39 carries, pulling off a tough 6-0 victory over the Wildcats (0-1). The only score of the night came just minutes into the second half, as running back Peyton Bowyer dashed in from 20 yards out to give Grove City the lead, despite missing the extra point.
Bowyer and the Dawgs were stymied all throughout the first half by Davidson, and only gained a total of 57 yards in the opening two quarters. That all changed after the opening possession of the second half, as a Wildcat fumble would give Grove City the ball inside the Davidson 40. On the second third down of the drive, Bowyer dashed through the line, weaving his way to the end zone for the Dawgs first and only score of the night.
The Dawgs defense matched the intensity of the offense, continuing to come up with one big play after another. Davidson would struggle on their next two possessions as Grove City pressured offensively with Bowyer leading the way. The senior finished the game with 71 yards on 18 carries, including the second-half touchdown.
Hilliard Davidson would get one more chance late in the fourth quarter to take the lead, and after converting two early fourth downs, the momentum seemed to shift in their favor. The Wildcats had moved the ball to the Grove City side of the field for the first time since the opening quarter, and on 3rd & 3 had a chance to move even farther into Dawg territory. The protection for quarterback Jack Klein broke down quickly on the rollout play, and was sacked before he could throw.
The ensuing fourth down pass was off the mark, and the Dawgs held on and ran out the clock to seal the victory.
2016 point guard Xavier Simpson had quite the summer, picking up multiple high major offers thanks to his play with his King James 16u team, leading them to the Elite 8 of Nike’s Sweet 16, and the Final Four of the AAU Super Showcase. Simpson will be playing for his dad, Quincey, in his junior year at Lima Senior HS, after leading cross-town Lima Central Catholic to a Division III state championship last season.
Special thanks go out to Daren Scarberry as well as Johnny Hines from Courtside Films.
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2015 G Elijah Pughsley scorched the nets during the final live period of the 2014 season at the AAU Nationals in Louisville. Pughsley had a 30-point game and also hit six threes in one half for his Queen City Prophets squad. Next year, Pughsley will be attending Lima Senior HS.
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2015 G Jaevin Cumberland scored the rock in many different ways over the weekend in Louisville at the AAU Nationals and Super Showcase, leading his King James Running Rebels squad to a comeback win over the Queen City Prophets in double OT.
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2015 forward Lamont West showed off his bounce on Friday, throwing down a huge dunk at the AAU Nationals in Louisville. West and his Queen City Prophets squad knocked off Kessel Heat 63-47 to finish 3-0 in pool play.
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With a win over in-state rival VCC Ohio Warriors and a hard-fought victory over UA Grind, the King James Shooting Stars are two steps away from defending their championship in Louisville at the AAU Nationals/Super Showcase.
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Point guard Xavier Simpson came through in the clutch today for his King James Shooting Stars squad, nailing a deep three point shot at the end of the third quarter. Simpson and King James fought off UA Grind 55-48 on Friday to advance to the Final Four.
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Xavier Simpson hits a HUGE three at the buzzer, and King James opens their lead up to 45-35 going into the fourth over UA Grind. #AAUSS
— Jason Morrow (@JasonJMorrow) July 25, 2014
Led by Xavier Simpson, Willie Jackson and company, the King James Shooting Stars 16U squad cruised to a perfect 3-0 record in pool play, setting themselves up for a run at the 16U Super Showcase title over the weekend in Louisville.
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2016 big man Derek Funderburk showed off his bounce on Thursday at the AAU Super Showcase, dunking over top of a defender in their third game in Louisville. Funderburk and his King James Shooting Stars squad rolled to a perfect record in pool play, finishing with a 66-34 win over Illinois Future.
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