Delta struck first in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League opener Friday versus Patrick Henry, but it was downhill from there. The visiting Patriots scored 28 unanswered points for a 28-7 victory.
The Panthers struck first when a Patriot ball carrier coughed up the ball after picking up a first down, and J.D. Osborn scooped it up and took it 62 yards to paydirt. Tyler McCullough added the extra point, giving the Panthers a 7-0 lead near the end of the opening quarter.
However, 44 seconds later at the 11:31 mark of the second quarter, PH quarterback TJ Rhamy hit Kolton Holloway down the middle for a 51-yard touchdown strike. Place kicker AJ Healy missed the extra point as Delta held on to a one-point lead.
The momentum continued to swing in Patrick Henry’s favor. On a second-and-8 from their own 25, Delta QB Dawson Swicegood was sacked deep in the backfield, leading to a Patriot recovery at the nine yard line.
Jayden Schulze punched it in from two yards out, then a fade in the corner of the end zone to Holloway put the Patriots ahead 14-7 less than three minutes into the quarter.
Another Panther turnover led to yet another Patriot TD.
Swicegood scrambled for positive yards on a third down play; however, he was stripped, and PH hopped on the ball at the Delta 24.
They would be pushed into a third-and-22 from the 33, but Rhamy found Logen Schwiebert open down the middle for a score, extending the lead at 21-7 with 4:40 left in the half.
The Patriots scored once more in the second half on a three-yard run from Cade DeLong with 3:46 left in regulation. Delta drove down the field on the ensuing possession but McCullough’s 35-yard field goal came up short with 15 ticks to go.
Neither team had over 200 total yards as PH outgained the Panthers 194-106.
Max Hoffman led the Panther rushing attack with 47 yards on six carries. Osborn added 32 yards on 13 carries.
The Patriots were led through the air as Rhamy was 9 of 17 with 126 yards and two scores. Holloway had seven catches for 85 yards and a score.
Delta (2-2, 0-1 NWOAL) stays home this Friday when they welcome unbeaten Liberty Center.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010