The Olentangy Orange football team has been white-knuckling it for three games … but solid defense and special teams let the Pioneers take it to visiting Big Walnut 47-0 Friday night in non-league play.
Orange (2-2) scored on all six possessions in the first half, five of which started in BW territory.
Joe Metcalf hit a 20-yard field goal to cap an 11-play drive that started at the BW 49 to give Orange a 3-0 lead with 6:56 left in the first quarter.
J.D. Dayhuff scored from a yard out on the next possession after the Pioneers started at the BW 25 when Christian Albertini and Jimmy Sensibaugh snuffed out a fake punt. Orange led 10-0 at the end of the first.
Dayhuff scored on a scramble from 11 yards out on the next possession after it began at the BW 20. Trevor Collins blocked the BW punt attempt and Jayden Rodgers recovered.
Graham Starn capped an 11-play, 79-yard drive with a two-yard run with 7:23 left in the half. It was the only drive of the first half that Orange had to start in its own territory.
Dayhuff scored his third rushing touchdown on a 1-yard run that capped a drive that started at the BW 27 after a fumbled snap on a punt attempt.
Dayhuff then hooked up with Rodgers for a 23-yard touchdown, which was set up by a T.J. Coates fumble recovery at the BW 32. Orange led 37-0 at the break.
The Pioneer defense held Big Walnut (0-4) to 7 yards in the first half and forced one turnover.
Metcalf drilled a 46-yard field goal to push the lead to 40-0 with 5:18 left in the third quarter after the teams exchanged fumbles to start the second half.
Jack Applegate scored on a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring for the Pioneers.
Both the Pioneers and Eagles continue non-league play next Friday night at 7:30. BW hosts Westerville South and Orange travels to Newark.
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