One of the Pickerington High School North football team's biggest focuses on offense heading into its game Friday against Reynoldsburg was figuring out a way to get more people involved in the offense.

That's exactly what the Panthers did, and the result was one of their best offensive performances of the season.
On the way to a 27-13 victory over the Raiders, three receivers made catches and five players carried the ball.

"We put a lot of focus this week on our running game," North coach Tom Phillips said. "We need to spread the ball around and we need to keep getting other receivers in the game."
North, which improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division, overcame a turnover at a critical time to pull away over the game's final quarter.

On third-and-13 from the Panthers' 22 and with North leading 14-3 in the third quarter, quarterback Sean Flaherty's pass to Matt Ferguson was ruled a lateral and the Raiders recovered.

Three players later, Reynoldsburg quarterback J.C. Gibson hooked up with Darien Bryant for a 24-yard touchdown with 8:07 to go in the third period.
After both teams exchanged punts over the next two possessions, North turned to the play-making ability of Bayer and Flaherty to rebuild a comfortable lead.

Bayer rushed for 25 yards on first down from the Raiders 41, Flaherty then lined up in the backfield, took a handoff from Bayer and sprinted down the left sideline from 16 yards to make it 20-10 with 1:22 left in the third quarter.

North scored its final touchdown on an 11-yard touchdown from Flaherty to Justin Young with 3:50 remaining.

Flaherty finished with 20 yards rushing and 66 yards passing. Bayer made four catches for 23 yards, completed a 39-yard pass to Young on North's second scoring drive and rushed for 39 yards. Gianni Lynch had his best game to date, rushing nine times for 52 yards, and Ferguson added 40 yards and one touchdown.

"Our wide receivers and running backs were all running hard and our line did a better job in the second half," Flaherty said. "Our passing game was going pretty well tonight. I'm reading things a lot better and just starting to come along."

North's Tim Smart returned the opening kickoff 72 yards to the Reynoldsburg 24-yard line. Four plays later, Flaherty hooked up with Eric Phillips for a 20-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0.
The Raiders cut it to 7-3 with late in the quarter when kicker Taylor Gustavson made a 23-yard field goal.

The Panthers took a 14-3 lead with 4:52 to go before halftime when Ferguson scored on a 3-yard run.

"We're obviously still in the process of learning a new offense, but it's not really new to them anymore," Raiders coach Steve Evans said. "They know what they're doing, but when you're not completely sure about everything, you can't play as fast. We'll take two steps forward and then take two steps back."

REYNOLDSBURG 3 0 7 3 - 13
PICKERINGTON NORTH 7 7 6 7 - 27
PN-Phillips 20 pass from Flaherty (Flaherty kick)
R-Gustavson 23 FG
PN-Ferguson 3 run (Flaherty kick)
R-Bryant 24 pass from Gibson (Gustavson kick)
PN-Flaherty 16 run (kick blocked)
PN-Young 11 pass from Flaherty (Flaherty kick)
R-Gustavson 23 FG