This game is one of the top games in Ohio each year. This is the 11th meeting between Hilliard’s two eldest high schools. Last season, Davidson won 13-10. Davidson comes into this crosstown rivalry game at 1-0, while Darby comes into the matchup at 0-1. Davidson holds a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series. In the 2007 showdown the quarterbacks Connor Dietz (Davidson) and Jeremy Ebert (Darby) ran for a combined 307 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries. Davidson outscored Darby 79-0 from 2009-2011 and has shut the Darby offense out one other time in a 21-0 win in 2013. Though the all-time score (167-84) might not indicate it, this game is generally a hard fought defensive battle. The average score is 17-8, with the nearly 1/3 of those points coming in the 2009 meeting.
Jacob is a two-year letterman on the varsity football team. He plays linebacker and tight end and is a team player who values the importance of both athletics and academics.
Benton is a four-year member and a two-year letterman of the Davidson football program. Additionally, Benton is a four-year member of the Davidson lacrosse program. His commitment to Davidson’s athletic programs is matched by only his character and academic success.
Keith was a three-year starter in this rivalry game from 2008 to 2010, winning all contests. By his senior year, Keith was a two-way starter for Davidson. In his three seasons Keith played in a regional final in 08’, a state championship in 09’ and a state semi-final in 2010. After high school, Keith went on to play and graduate from the University of Michigan. Keith’s contribution to the Rivalry in his three years as a player was immeasurable.
Caleb Day was a major contribution in Darby’s 2012 defeat of Hilliard Davidson. Caleb played offense, defense, and mostly special teams. Caleb’s talents and leadership helped the panthers defeat Davidson 17-3, win an OCC championship for the second time in school history, get a birth in the state playoffs, and finish 11-1 overall. Caleb went on to play football at the University of Illinois.