O'Hara stops Pembroke Hill and losing streak
By Richad Geimer Special to PrepsKC
The Archbishop O'Hara High School football team opened District play on with a 37-21 win over Pembroke Hill.
The Raiders trailed throughout the contest but kept the score close until the fourth quarter when the Celtics had two unanswered touchdowns.
The game's first scoring was in the first quarter on a fourth down play on a pass from the 20-yard line to Brandon Dennis from Jake Fortin.
A long pass play to D.J. Griffin brought the ball to the one-yard line at the start of the second quarter, but the Raiders kept O'Hara out of the endzone on three plays.
Julian Gidley, who kicked four of the five O'Hara extra points in the game, connected on a 21-yard field goal to increase the Celtic lead to 10-0.
Then the Raiders gambled on a fourth down situation around midfield and came up short.
It took just one long pass play for the Celtics to bring the score to 16-0, a pass play from Jake Fortin to Brandon Dennis.
Patrick Freitag put the Raiders on the scoreboard by breaking away with a 50-yard run and Ben Gallagher passed to Charlie Mueller for a two-pointer to bring the visiting team to within eight points.
With less than 10 seconds before halftime, the Raiders got a TD by Jak Kittoe who caught a 3-yard pass from Ben Gallagher.
However, the Raiders were not able to tie up the score with a two-point attempt for their extra point.
O'Hara scored first in the third quarter on a 17-yard run by Ronnie Sailer to make the score 23-14.
Pembroke Hill answered with a 5-yard TD run by Patrick Freitag and again only two points separated the two teams.
On the very first play of the fourth quarter, Jake Fortin completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Griffin, and near the end of the game D.J. Griffin picked up a Raider fumble and returned the ball 12 yards for the final score of the game.
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