The visiting Watterson High School football team used strong special teams play and an opportunistic defense to beat Westerville South 15-3 on Friday.
Watterson improved to 1-1 and South dropped to 0-2.

It was a big night in particular for Seth Willoughby, who made a career-best 55-yard field goal and had field goals of 31 and 40 yards in the first half to help the Eagles build a 9-3 lead.

Willoughby, who also pinned South at its own 5 with a 42-yard punt with 3 minutes, 53 seconds remaining, added an interception in the second half playing defense.

His interception was one of four turnovers committed in the second half by the Wildcats, who have been limited to three points over their first two games.

"Our offense had a couple glitches, but they got us down there (into field-goal range)," Willoughby said. "We played good team defense and got it done in the end."

South opened the second half by having one of its most successful drives end in a turnover. After moving from its own 31 to the Watterson 25, Cortez Fleming tried to throw a swing pass to Ryan Barber but Watterson's Ben Rossi anticipated the play and found an open field as he returned the interception 76 yards for what ended up being the game's final
score.

"We played really well," Watterson coach Dan Bjelac said. "Our pride was hurt a little bit last week when we gave up a lot (in a 29-23 loss to Willoughby South on Aug. 22)."

Watterson also committed two turnovers in the second half, including a fumble at the South 9-yard-line that was recovered by Joe Zebbs, but the Wildcats ventured into Eagles territory one one other time over the final two periods.

Jordan Gelhaus rushed for 28 yards and quarterback Pat Nester passed for 59 yards for Watterson. Fleming led the Wildcats with 84 yards rushing.

For South, it was another rough game offensively after it lost to Hilliard Davidson 35-0 in its opener Aug. 22.

"You just can't have turnovers and expect to win," South coach Rocky Pentello said. "It was 9-3 and we're driving in to score the go-ahead touchdown and then instead they go in for a touchdown. It was the turning point of the game. Offensively we just bogged down too much in the first half. It's coming but it's coming slow. It was good to see our defense do better this week."