Football Week 5 Recap

Westerville South 45, Dublin Scioto 42

Ball has hand in five touchdowns as Wildcats beat Irish


Marcus Ball did it all for the Westerville South High School football team in a 45-42 victory over visiting Dublin Scioto on Friday, Sept. 23.

Ball was 13-for-19 passing for 216 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Gary Brown. He also made the play of the game as a free safety, intercepting a pass by Evan DeMars and returning it 33 yards for a score to give South a 45-35 lead with 5 minutes, 22 seconds remaining.

The Wildcats improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, while the Irish dropped to 1-4 and 0-2.

“In my head I was thinking I was going to pick it off for a touchdown before the play even began,” Ball said. “We were in cover-2 and their receiver was running a slant. I was going for a big hit, but the ball went off his hands right to me, and I just grabbed it and took it to the house. I had a big game throwing the ball, but this game wasn’t about statistics for me. I’m just glad we won.”

After falling behind 20-7 early in the second quarter, Scioto rallied to take a 21-20 halftime advantage.

The Irish expanded their lead to 35-26 with 10:18 left in the fourth quarter after William Houston scored on a 9-yard run.

The Wildcats answered with two touchdown drives to take a 39-35 lead with 7:13 remaining, as Daxton Cates scored on an 8-yard run and a 38-yard run.

After Ball scored on his interception return, Scioto cut its deficit to 45-42 when Houston had a 2-yard touchdown run with 2:07 left.

The Irish drove to South’s 24-yard line on its final drive, but their 41-yard field-goal attempt fell short as time expired.

“Our defense did a good job of making them drive the ball against us, but their kids made some good plays,” Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. “Our kids did an awesome job of getting the ball down the field on that last drive, but we just ran out of time and had to go for a long field goal.”

Houston rushed for 132 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries, and DeMars was 19-for-36 for 265 yards and a touchdown.

Cates rushed for 106 yards and two scores.

“Our team is young, but that’s no longer an excuse, and I’m really pleased with the way our guys responded after falling behind by 10 points late in the game,” South coach Rocky Pentello said. “Marcus is a fantastic athlete and he made some big plays on both sides of the ball to help us win this game.”


DUBLIN SCIOTO 7 14 7 14 — 42

WESTERVILLE SOUTH 14 6 6 19 — 45

WS—Brown 11 pass from Ball (Bonnell kick)

DS—Houston 1 run (Duncan kick)

WS—Brown 15 pass from Ball (Bonnell kick)

WS—Carter 40 pass from Ball (kick failed)

DS—Houston 1 run (Duncan kick)

DS—Hawkins 34 pass from DeMars (Duncan kick)

DS—Houston 1 run (Duncan kick)

WS—Brown 25 pass from Ball (pass failed)

DS—Houston 9 run (Duncan kick)

WS—Cates 8 run (kick failed)

WS—Cates 38 run (Bonnell kick)

WS—Ball 33 interception return (kick failed)

DS—Houston 2 run (Duncan kick)