The Westerville Central High School football team bounced back from its first loss of the season to defeat host Worthington Kilbourne 29-17 and give coach John Magistro his 200th career victory.
The game began Sept. 21 but was suspended with 5 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter because of bad weather. The game was completed Sept. 22.
Magistro improved his career record to 200-93. He was 181-76 in 23 seasons at Bellaire and is 19-17 in three-plus seasons at Central.
“I wish this was win No. 5 (this season),” said Magistro, whose team improved to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. “There’s so many players and coaches that I have to thank over the years. Someone told me once if you surround yourself with good people, good things happen. I try to practice that.”
Central, which lost to Dublin Scioto 34-14 on Sept. 14, again was led by junior quarterback/defensive back Jared Drake, who had a 67-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and sealed the win with a 40-yard interception return for a score with 1:06 remaining.
Drake rushed for 80 yards on 19 carries and completed six of 17 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown to Charlie Moushey, who caught seven passes for 81 yards.
Kilbourne’s Isaac Lumpkin rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Keaton Reinhart completed six of 17 passes for 126 yards with a touchdown and interception.
After Kilbourne’s Jon Watson kicked a 34-yard field goal to give his team its only lead at 3-0, Drake broke free for a 67-yard touchdown on the next play from scrimmage midway through the first quarter.
Drake then connected with Moushey for a 25-yard touchdown on a third-and-goal, giving the Warhawks a 14-3 lead.
Lumpkin’s 4-yard touchdown run pulled the Wolves (1-4, 0-2) within 14-10 with 9:22 left in the second quarter.
Central answered on its next possession, as Alex Fisher capped a 54-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown run for a 22-10 halftime lead. Fisher rushed for 86 yards on 19 carries.
The Warhawks were unable to generate a consistent offense in the second half, and when Reinhart connected with Alex Rayis for a 19-yard touchdown, Kilbourne trailed just 22-17 when play was suspended.
But Drake’s interception return put the game out of reach for the Wolves.
We didn’t finish the game,” Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti said. “When you’re in a fight like that, you’re both going to be throwing punches. … What we’re doing is when the punches are getting thrown we’re covering up and taking instead of countering with some haymakers of our own.”
WK -- Watson 34 FG
WC -- Drake 67 run (Robertson kick)
WC -- Moushey 25 pass from Drake (Robertson kick)
WK -- Lumpkin 4 run (Watson kick)
WC -- Fisher 20 run (Alexander pass from Ulliman)
WK -- Rayis 19 pass from Reinhart (Watson kick)
WC -- Drake 40 interception return (Robertson kick)