Receivers Gary Brown and Kelly Carter gave the Westerville South High School football team too many options and Olentangy too many threats to cover.
The two combined for 12 receptions for 227 yards and three touchdowns as the host Wildcats pulled away in the second half to a 42-20 victory on Friday, Oct. 21.
Brown finished with eight receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown, and Carter caught four passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.
“We have two outstanding receivers to go to and their corners couldn’t deal with that,” said Brown, who also had an interception. “We did a good job in adjusting our routes. We had a lot of different things we could do.”
The Wildcats improved to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. The Braves, who haven’t beaten South since a 21-7 win in 2007, fell to 4-5 and 3-3.
South quarterbacks Marcus Ball and Nick Renzetti made big plays at the right time.
The Wildcats converted nine consecutive third-down situations before finally being forced to punt with 6 minutes, 58 seconds left in the game. South gained 226 yards on third down pass plays. Among the big plays in the second half were a 68-yard touchdown pass to Carter on third-and-14 on the opening drive of the third quarter, a 41-yarder to Carter on third-and-1 that set up Noah Prentiss’ 1-yard scoring run with 2:04 left in the third quarter and a 59-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Bell on third-and-11 that put the Wildcats up 42-20 with 10:20 left remaining.
“Our passing game was clicking very well,” South coach Rocky Pentello said. “Our quarterbacks made good reads tonight. Our receivers are always that way. Sometimes we have trouble getting the ball to them, but our line pass protected well tonight.”
Olentangy coach Ed Terwilliger said before the game that he didn’t want his team to get into “a track meet” with the Wildcats.
However, through the first half, the two teams traded touchdowns.
Olentangy’s Joshua Perry, an Ohio State recruit, ran for an 18-yard touchdown and later hit quarterback Andrew Horstman on a 14-yard halfback pass for a touchdown on fourth-and-4 to tie the game at 14.
South displayed a vast array of weapons in the first half with running back Daxton Cates (5-yard run), Prentiss (45-yard run) and Brown (a 35-yard pass from Renzetti) all scoring touchdowns.
“It came down to we couldn’t stop them in third-and-long situations,” Terwilliger said. “Their pass plays were well designed and well executed. We knew coming into this game we had to be perfect on offense, and it’s really hard to be perfect.”
OLENTANGY 7 7 6 0 -- 20
WESTERVILLE SOUTH 7 14 14 7 -- 42
O -- Perry 18 run (Baumbach kick)
WS -- Cates 5 run (Bonnell kick)
WS -- Prentiss 45 run (Bonnell kick)
O -- Horstman 14 pass from Perry (Baumbach kick)
WS -- Brown 35 pass from Renzetti (Bonnell kick)
WS -- Carter 68 pass from Ball (Bonnell kick)
O -- Perry 1 run (kick blocked)
WS -- Prentiss 1 run (Bonnell kick)
WS – Bell 59 pass from Renzetti (Bonnell kick)