The Dublin Jerome High School football team turned seven Westerville North turnovers into 35 points and the Celtics’ power rushing attack dominated in the Celtics’ 49-2 victory on Friday, Sept. 16.
Jerome, which lost all three non-league games, handed the Warriors their 29th consecutive loss in the OCC-Cardinal Division opener.
The Jerome offense couldn’t have been more efficient. The Celtics scored touchdowns on all five of their first-half possessions to lead 35-0.
Jerome gained 417 yards of total offense, including 266 yards rushing.
Jerome coach Mark Hundley said the Celtics played their most complete game of the season.
“I told the guys at halftime, that is one of the best halves of football we’ve played since we’ve been open,” Hundley said. “When it came to executing the blocking scheme and the defensive scheme, it was one of the best halves we had. If we had played like that the first (three) games, we wouldn’t be 1-3 right now.”
Running back Donovan Wilson pounded the North defense for 145 yards on 20 carries and four touchdowns. He said the victory was important because it’s a good start toward achieving their goal of winning the league title.
“We wanted to win, and we want to keep on winning,” Wilson said. “We want to win the conference and hopefully we can do that, we just have to stay focused.”
Following a fumble by North running back Kory Watson, Jerome didn’t take long to capitalize. Jerome quarterback Joe Bano delivered a 28-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Wilson to cap a five-play 50-yard drive. Wilson had 10 receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Watson fumbled the ensuring kick, and Jerome once again took advantage. Donovan Wilson scored on a 1-yard run to make it 14-0. He added touchdown runs of 20 and 16 yards in the opening half. Donovan Wilson also had a 9-yard scoring run in the third quarter.
It was a struggle for North all night but the turnovers and mental mistakes prevented the Warriors from staying competitive. North gained 116 yards of total offense but totaled just 29 yards in the second half.
“It was pitiful but that’s what happens when you don’t come ready to play,” North coach Mike Owens said. “The score speaks for itself. The turnovers hurt but you have to be able to fight adversity, and we’re not very good at overcoming adversity.”
NORTH 0 0 2 0 -- 2
JEROME 21 14 14 0 -- 49
J – C. Wilson 28 pass from Bano (Keller kick)
J – D. Wilson 1 run (Keller kick)
J – D. Wilson 20 run (Keller kick)
J – Romanelli 10 run (Keller kick)
J – D. Wilson 16 run (Keller kick)
J – D. Wilson 9 run (Keller kick)
J – C. Wilson 39 pass from Bano (Keller kick)
N – Safety, punt recovered in end zone