Darby scored two touchdowns in the second half to pull out to a 34-22 win.
HILLIARD — Springfield came up empty in Franklin County for the second time in two weeks in a 34-22 loss to Hilliard Darby.
Springfield ended the first half on a positive note. The Wildcats drove down the field in the last four minutes of the fourth quarter. Saalih Muhammad, who started at quarterback, found receiver Jeremiah Ward along the visitor’s sideline in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown. Though Darby blocked the extra point, Springfield pulled within one score at 14-6.
Whatever momentum Springfield gained disappeared in the mud in the second half. De’Sean Bradley recovered a Darby fumble early in the third quarter at Springfield’s own 40-yard line. But the Wildcats went three-and-out, and Darby pulled out to a 21-6 lead on its next drive after a three-yard run from quarterback Nick Powers.
The Panthers scored three touchdowns and milked the clock for much of the half. Springfield’s offense didn’t get going until late in the second half, after Darby had built a 27-6 lead. Springfield scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the game to narrow the score, and Darby added its own score as well.
Springfield dropped to 1-2 with the loss. Springfield lost to Dublin Coffman 41-7 to open the season two weeks ago and beat Shawnee 24-7 last week.
After Darby took a 7-0 lead early in the first, Springfield stopped the Panthers on their next two drives. Darby was looking to take a commanding lead before halftime and found the way in running back Jake Schnieder. Schnieder ran up the middle for a 17-yard score with 4:13 left in the second. The touchdown gave Darby a 14-0 lead.
Play of the Game
On Darby’s first play of the game, quarterback Nick Powers took the snap, ran to his left toward the visiting sideline, and past several Springfield defenders. Once he got to the sideline, Powers sprinted down the field for a 63-yard score. The touchdown gave Darby a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
- Nick McCaughey, who started at quarterback for Springfield in week one against Dublin Coffman, was back after missing last week’s game due to a concussion. McCaughey played wide receiver and handled Springfield’s kick duties.
- McCaughey missed a field goal in the first quarter and had an extra point attempt blocked by Darby.
- Danny Davis scored on a 22-yard touchdown reception and a 36-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. He has scored in all three of Springfield’s games.
- It rained the entire game.
Springfield plays at Evans Stadium for the next four weeks. The Wildcats start their home slate against Miamisburg in a GWOC Crossover game at 7 p.m. next Friday. The Vikings beat Springfield 42-12 last season.
Hilliard Darby hosts Westerville North next Friday.