The Pickerington High School Central football team went on the road and routed Grove City 34-0 in an OCC-Ohio Division game Friday, Oct. 21, to clinch a share of its sixth consecutive league title.
The Tigers won their sixth consecutive game to improve to 6-2 overall and 6-0 in the OCC-Ohio. Grove City dropped to 3-6 and 2-4.
“When we started 0-2 everybody was saying Pickerington Central was down, so it feels great to win our sixth straight OCC championship,” senior wide receiver/defensive back Roger Lewis said. “We came ready to play.”
The Tigers scored on their first five drives to build a 34-0 halftime lead. They gained 283 yards in the first half and started playing reserves late in the second quarter.
Jake Kincaid scored Central’s first two touchdowns on runs of 4 and 1 yard in the first quarter.
Nick Jensen-Clagg was 7-for-9 passing for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Jake Raymond and a 40-yard touchdown pass to Lewis in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, the Dawgs gained only 29 yards and three first downs in the first half.
“We were clicking early offensively and we tackled well,” Central coach Jay Sharrett said. “This is the time of year when you want to begin hitting your stride and peaking, and we looked pretty sharp. Winning six OCC titles in a row may be a league record. Either way, it’s pretty special.”
The Tigers passed only twice in the second half and managed to run out the clock utilizing mostly second- and third-string players.
Billy Eakins led Central with 67 yards rushing on eight carries, while Raymond had five receptions for 158 yards.
Grove City quarterback Nick Davis was 5-for-15 passing for 40 yards. The Dawgs rushed for minus-18 yards on 24 carries.
“We’ve seen two incredibly fast teams the last two weeks, and with our lack of speed, we’ve had a hard time getting to their second-level guys to block them,” said Grove City coach Matt Jordan, whose team lost to Gahanna 42-0 on Oct. 14. “That left their linebackers and backs free to come down and make plays on our (running backs). Their speed really made the difference.”
PICKERINGTON CENTRAL 13 21 0 0 — 34
GROVE CITY 0 0 0 0 — 0
PC--Kincaid 4 run (Raymond kick)
PC--Kincaid 1 run (kick failed)
PC--Raymond 15 pass from Jensen-Clagg (Raymond kick)
PC--Penick 8 run (Raymond kick)
PC--Lewis 40 pass from Jensen-Clagg (Raymond kick)