Quarterback Joey Longhino threw three touchdown passes and running back Myles Robinson rushed for 171 yards to lead the Olentangy Liberty High School football team to a 36-7 win over host Westerville North in an OCC-Cardinal Division contest on Friday, Oct. 7.
Liberty improved to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the OCC-Cardinal, while North fell to 0-7 and 0-4. The loss was the Warriors’ 32nd in a row.
Longhino completed 10 of 14 passes for 148 yards and rushed for 57 yards on nine carries. Robinson gained his yardage on 17 carries, including one for a 65-yard touchdown.
“I thought (North) came out, threw the ball around and had a great game plan tonight,” Liberty coach Steve Hale said. “(North) came out and executed it well in the first half. It kept us on our heels a little bit. Fortunately, we had some guys step up and make some big plays.”
Liberty’s Tyler Welch blocked a punt by Kevin Schaublin on the Warriors’ opening drive, setting up a 19-yard field goal by Sam Vucelich to give the Patriots a 3-0 lead.
Robinson scored early in the second quarter to put Liberty ahead 10-0. Also in the quarter, Longhino capped a 93-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Phil Osolinski and connected with A.J. Motika on a 45-yard touchdown pass, as the Patriots went into halftime with a 24-0 lead.
“I thought a couple drives there, our offensive line really established themselves and opened some holes for our backs,” Hale said.
North, meanwhile, struggled to finish drives. A first-quarter drive ended when Motika intercepted Warriors quarterback B.J. Campfield at the Patriots’ 12-yard line. North twice got inside the red zone in the second quarter but was unable to take advantage of those scoring opportunities.
With the Warriors trailing 10-0, Campfield was flushed out of the pocket and ran 29 yards to the Patriots’ 14. An option run by Kory Watson moved the ball to the 7, but Campfield followed that play with a run for no gain and then threw two incomplete passes, as North turned the ball over on downs.
Campfield again put the Warriors in position to score after passes of 16 and 29 yards in the final seconds of the second quarter, but Campfield was sacked by Liberty’s Paul Campbell on the final play of the first half.
In the third quarter, Longhino connected with Osolinski again on a 24-yard touchdown pass to make it 31-0.
Liberty added two more scores in the fourth quarter. Campfield was called for intentional grounding in the end zone for a safety and Vucelich kicked a 23-yard field goal.
Watson scored on a 1-yard run with 1:12 remaining.
“We moved the ball really well and had our opportunities,” North coach Mike Owens said. “It was nice to score there at the end. We’re just not making the breaks that we need to make and, in order to get breaks, you’ve got to make them. … We’ve just got to find a way to execute better.”
Campfield, who at halftime was crowned homecoming king, completed 18 of 37 passes for 177 yards with three interceptions and rushed for 133 yards on 24 carries.
OLENTANGY LIBERTY 3 21 7 5 -- 36
WESTERVILLE NORTH 0 0 0 7 -- 7
OL--Vucelich 19 FG
OL--Robinson 65 run (Vucelich kick)
OL--Osolinski 3 pass from Longhino (Vucelich kick)
OL--Motika 45 pass from Longhino (Vucelich kick)
OL--Osolinski 24 pass from Longhino (Vucelich kick)
OL--Safety, North called for intentional grounding in end zone
OL--Vucelich 23 FG
WN--Watson 1 run (Watson kick)