The Olentangy High School football team took advantage of big plays from its special teams to close the season with a 44-12 victory over host Westerville North on Friday.

The Olentangy High School football team took advantage of big plays from its special teams to close the season with a 44-12 victory over host Westerville North on Friday.

Will Brett returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown and Bryce Cheek had a 79-yard kickoff return as the Braves finished 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.

North, stuck in a 24-game losing streak, fell to 0-10 and 0-7.

"It was all blocking tonight," said Brett, who had 114 yards in punt returns and a 38-yard kickoff return. "Everyone was in the right place and I just ran right through. On that punt, I said to myself, 'I have to get the ball no matter what.' When I picked it up, I saw a huge seam and I just ran right through it."

"Special teams are special for a reason," Olentangy coach Ed Terwilliger said. "You need to find a play that's going to help you and that's why we've always emphasized special teams."

Olentangy also got strong performances from running backs Joshua Perry (106 yards on 10 carries) and William Greathouse (117 yards on 13 carries), and six Olentangy players scored touchdowns.

Defense helped keep the Warriors in the game in the first half as linebacker Kory Watson returned a fumble 87 yards for touchdown and stopped another Olentangy drive with a fumble recovery in the end zone.

"We fought hard the whole game but we were definitely undermanned and undersized," North coach Mike Owens said. "A lot of times it came down to the law of physics. We got pushed around a lot and they created some seams and hit it."



OLENTANGY 14 7 7 16 -- 44

WESTERVILLE NORTH 0 6 0 6 -- 12


O--Greathouse 9 run (Culbertson kick)

O--Rogers 1 run (Culbertson kick)

O--W. Brett 78 punt return (Culbertson kick

WN--Watson 87 fumble return (kick failed)

O--Foy 10 run (Culbertson kick)

O--Staum 37 pass from Gadd (Culbertson kick)

O--Safety, punt snapped out of end zone

O--Cheek 79 kick return (Culbertson kick)

WN--Curran 4 run (kick failed)