Senior running back Noah Prentiss rushed for a career-high 260 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Westerville South High School football team to a 42-20 win over visiting Grove City on Sept. 7.
The Wildcats improved to 3-0 and the Dawgs dropped to 1-2.
“They were giving us the run by bailing seven guys back to cover the pass, so we just took what they gave us,” South coach Rocky Pentello said. “Noah was a little tired in the second half, but he ran hard and did a good job for us.”
Grove City’s defense forced five turnovers, but the Dawgs scored on their ensuing possession only once after the Wildcats gave the ball away.
South quarterback Nick Renzetti completed 16 of 29 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
“I think we did a great job on defense for four quarters and we forced a lot of turnovers,” Grove City coach Matt Jordan said. “It would have been nice to capitalize on more of the opportunities we had after their turnovers, but South’s defense is real good and they deserve credit for stopping us.”
A Grove City turnover set up the Wildcats’ first touchdown, as Timmy Bates intercepted a pass by Cameron Meece at the Dawgs’ 36-yard line.
Two plays later, Prentiss broke loose for a 36-yard scoring run.
South put together a 10-play, 63-yard touchdown drive, which was capped by a 3-yard pass from Renzetti to Jalen Bell, early in the second quarter to take a 14-0 lead.
The Dawgs answered South’s drive with a 10-play, 70-yard touchdown drive, which was capped by a 1-yard run by Jake Norbut. Meece rushed for 54 yards on five carries on that possession, as Grove City cut its deficit to 14-7 going into halftime.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 21-7 just 3 minutes, 47 seconds into the third quarter when Prentiss broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and ran 18 yards for a touchdown.
Prentiss fumbled and Drew Nankivell scooped up the ball and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown to pull Grove City within 21-13.
But Prentiss redeemed himself on the next play from scrimmage, scoring on a 65-yard run.
The Wildcats then blew the game open, as Renzetti tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Ball as time expired in the third quarter to make it 35-13.
Meece led the Dawgs by rushing for 104 yards and a score on 17 carries.
“Our defense did a good job of stepping up and stopping their run for the most part,” Pentello said.
WS--Prentiss 36 run (Linzell kick)
WS--Bell 3 pass from Renzetti (Linzell kick)
GC--Norbut 1 run (Nankivell kick)
WS--Prentiss 18 run (Linzell kick)
GC--Nankivell 85 fumble return (kick failed)
WS--Prentiss 65 run (Linzell kick)
WS--Ball 18 pass from Renzetti (Linzell kick)
GC--Meece 1 run (Nankivell kick)
WS--Bell 18 pass from Renzetti (Linzell kick)