Whatever Westerville South High School football coach Rocky Pentello told his team during halftime undoubtedly worked, as the Wildcats outscored host Westerville Central 29-0 in the second half to turn a seven-point halftime deficit into a 50-28 win in the OCC-Cardinal Division matchup Oct. 12.
South ended a two-game losing streak and improved to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Cardinal. The Warhawks dropped to 6-2 and 3-2 and saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.
The Wildcats improved to 6-0 all-time against Central.
“We just made adjustments (at halftime),” Pentello said. “We had some guys doing the wrong things. It was really a mental halftime. There wasn’t much yelling. It was just making corrections. Guys were just doing silly things.”
Central led 28-21 at halftime as the teams alternated touchdowns in the first half. Warhawks quarterback Jared Drake threw three touchdown passes (29, 7 and 30 yards) to wide receiver Charlie Moushey and scored on a 5-yard run.
South quarterback Nick Renzetti also had three touchdown passes in the first half, connecting with wide receivers Torrodd Carter (50 yards), Jalen Bell (73 yards) and Marcus Ball (24 yards).
Renzetti, who completed 17 of 32 passes for 412 yards with an interception, added three more touchdown passes in the second half, connecting with tight end Darryl Long (61 yards), Bell (22 yards) and Ball (4 yards).
“It was a good night overall,” Pentello said of Renzetti's play. “He made some good reads. This was an effort by the offensive and defensive coaches and the players. It was just a great effort by all of them.”
South running back Noah Prentiss added 132 yards rushing and a touchdown (1 yard) on 26 carries.
Drake finished 7-for-22 passing for 138 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, and running back Alex Fisher had 16 carries for 119 yards.
According to Central coach John Magistro, South's size advantage created matchup problems for the Warhawks.
“To be honest, I feared that,” Magistro said. “They turned it into a basketball game. They threw the ball up and made some nice catches. I thought we stopped their run game (early) and everything else.
“They made all the big plays. They have size and their quarterback was right on the money. He played well and they protected him.”
WC--Moushey 29 pass from Drake (Robertson kick)
WS--Carter 50 pass from Renzetti (Linzell kick)
WC--Drake 5 run (Robertson kick)
WS--Bell 73 pass from Renzetti (Linzell kick)
WC--Moushey 7 pass from Drake (Robertson kick)
WS--Ball 24 pass from Renzetti (Linzell kick)
WC--Moushey 30 pass from Drake (Robertson kick)
WS--Long 61 pass from Renzetti (Daramy pass from Bates)
WS--Bell 22 pass from Renzetti (Linzell kick)
WS--Prentiss 1 run (Linzell kick)
WS--Ball 4 pass from Renzetti (Linzell kick)