The third time wasn’t the charm for Olentangy Friday night.
After two straight runs by senior Joshua Perry cut the Braves’ deficit to just one — 14-13 in triple overtime — his third run in a row, which came on a two-point conversion attempt, was snuffed out by the visiting Monarchs, giving Marysville the OCC-Cardinal Division win.
After the Monarchs (4-1, 2-0 OCC Cardinal) started the triple OT session with a short touchdown run, Perry, who finished with 31 carries and 145 yards, followed a 13-yard scamper with a 12-yard TD run on the Braves’ ensuing possession (2-3, 1-1 OCC) to set up the frantic finish.
The rest of the game was equally as thrilling … and frustrating from the Olentangy perspective.
The Braves couldn’t have asked for a better start, as the defense forced the Monarchs to a three-and-out before the offense scored on its first possession of the game — tallying a TD via a seven-yard pass and catch between quarterback Jonathan Seymour and receiver Buchi Okafor. Joshua Baumbach then capped the impressive 70-yard drive with a perfect extra point, giving his team a 7-0 edge with 6:49 to go in the first quarter.
Olentangy had a chance to add to the lead just before the half, but, after authoring a methodical 90-yard drive all the way to the doorstep of the goaline, a fumble in the half’s final seconds squashed the Braves’ hopes of padding their lead.
The miscue would prove to be the dagger.
Marysville wasted no time knotting the game at seven, recovering an onside kick to start the second half before Kody Davisson ripped off a 40-yard run and scored on a one-yard run with 9:54 remaining in the third.
The teams traded possessions until the overtime sessions, when things really got crazy.
Marysville started with the ball in the first OT, getting to the two-yard line before failing to complete a pass on a fake field goal call on fourth down. Olentangy, though, missed a 22-yard field goal on its ensuing possession to extend the game.
The Braves then stared the second OT with the ball, but, after a penalty set up a third-and-long situation, Perry threw an interception on a halfback pass. Marysville, though, turned the ball right back over, fumbling on its first play of the second OT, extending the game to the third extra session — a period which saw tailback Joseph Boyd score from a yard out to seal the deal.
Olentangy outgained Marysville 281-183, out passing the Monarchs 90-46 while out rushing them 191-137.
Seymour finished with eight completions in 14 attempts for 73 yards and the TD. Marysville, meanwhile, was led by Davisson, who picked up 101 yards on the ground.