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Pickerington North 45, Lancaster 14

Igwebuike sparks Panthers’ rout of Golden Gales

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

A pair of future Big Ten players stood out as the Pickerington High School North football team defeated host Lancaster 45-14 on Sept. 21.

Senior Godwin Igwebuike scored three rushing touchdowns and had two interceptions, including one that he returned for a touchdown, and classmate Jake Butt had six catches for 105 yards and one score to help the Panthers improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Ohio Division.

Quarterback Mason Olszewski added 73 yards rushing and 99 yards passing and one touchdown. He also intercepted a pass.

North is averaging 46.6 points and off to its best start in program history.

Igwebuike has verbally committed to Northwestern and Butt has committed to Michigan.

“I’m proud of the way we played because this was our first road test,” said Igwebuike, who finished with 84 yards rushing on 11 carries. “For the first time we always had 11 hats going to the ball (on defense).”

North made it 7-0 with 5 minutes, 2 seconds to go in the opening quarter on a 12-yard run by Igwebuike. The Panthers began the drive at the Lancaster 38 after an interception by Olszewski.

North committed a pair of turnovers late in the first quarter and Lancaster had the ball at the Panthers’ 24 with 10:53 to go in the second period, but Igwebuike intercepted Riley Theiss at the 2-yard line.

North made it 14-0 nine plays later on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Olszewski to Butt. The score was set up when Olszewski hooked up with Jamie Hence for a 54-yard reception on the preceding play.

Igwebuike added a 12-yard touchdown run with 4:06 left in the first half and Karch Holland kicked a 33-yard field goal with 2 seconds to go for a 24-0 lead.

In the third quarter, North quarterback Zeph Miller scored on a 12-yard run with 10:55 to go. Igwebuike intercepted a pass from Theiss on the next play and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown as North took a 38-0 lead.

The Panthers’ Trae Harris recovered a fumble at the Lancaster 36 with 9:04 left in the third quarter and Igwebuike scored three plays later on a 19-yard run.

“The receivers did pretty much everything,” Olszewski said of his team’s passing attack. “It was a team effort.”

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Team 1
2 3 4 Final
PICKERINGTON NORTH 7 17 21 0 45
LANCASTER 0 0 0 14 14

PN--Igwebuike 12 run (Holland kick)
PN--Butt 3 pass from Olszewski (Holland kick)
PN--Igwebuike 12 run (Holland kick)
PN--Holland 33 FG
PN--Miller 12 run (Holland kick)
PN--Igwebuike 33 interception return (Holland kick)
PN--Igwebuike 19 run (Holland kick)
L--Taylor 7 run (Daugherty kick)
L--England 2 run (Daugherty kick)

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