Week 3 football news, notes: Wildcats again find right combo

One thing that's interesting to watch every year is in regards to what buttons Westerville South coach Rocky Pentello will push regarding his team's offense.

The Wildcats always seem to be one of the best in the area at scoring points regardless of who they lose to graduation, and this year is no exception.

The biggest recruits who helped South average more than 26 points during its first three games are tight end Darryl Long, who has committed to Kentucky, and junior offensive lineman Rob Dowdy, who has offers from numerous Division I programs.

Pentello plugged in Timmy Bates at quarterback after he was a standout defensive back last season and he has thrown for 562 yards through three games.

Long has averaged 16.3 yards on 10 catches to complement wide receiver Torrodd Carter, who has 23 catches for 301 yards. Running back Darien Miller has rushed for 357 yards.

Wow, what an offensive factory ...

*Ready senior running back Akili Taylor has a central Ohio-best 598 yards rushing through three games.

I had an opposing coach tell me earlier this fall that Taylor is the most improved player he's seen at Ready this year.

At 5-foot-9, Taylor has added 15 pounds of muscle since last season to get up to about 190.

He landed an offer from Kent State a few months ago and should join senior teammate and offensive lineman Brady Taylor, who is not related to Akili and has verballed to Virginia Tech, as a Division I recruit on national signing day next February.

*Newark Catholic senior Chayce Crouch has the size and speed to be a college quarterback, as his verbal commitment in May to Illinois proves.

He also probably could make a fine Division I college punter if he finds himself not getting playing time as the Illini's signal caller over the coming years.

Crouch was the Division VI first-team all-district punter last year and should be well on his way to that honor again this fall considering he's averaging 42 yards after his first seven punts.

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By: Jarrod Ulrey

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