The New Albany High School football team outlasted host Westerville Central 57-50 on Sept. 6 to improve to 2-0.
The Eagles opened a 49-21 lead in the third quarter and then held off late charge by the Warhawks, who fell to 1-1.
Joe Siegenthaler’s 61-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 27 seconds left in the game sealed the win. It was his only carry of the game; however, he caught seven passes for 188 yards, including touchdowns of 6, 17, 69 and 32 yards.
“That was a playoff team we played, and that was playoff football,” New Albany coach Pat Samanich said. “We’re trying to gauge ourselves right now on where we are. We’re 1-0 (this week) and we need to make sure we improve.”
New Albany quarterback Trevor Cline completed 11 of 13 passes for 223 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.
Central quarterback Jared Drake completed 28 of 43 passes for 308 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.
After a scoreless first quarter, the teams combined for 42 points in the second quarter, with the Eagles leading 28-14 at the half as they took advantage of three turnovers by the Warhawks.
Cline opened the scoring by connecting with Siegenthaler for the first time on the first play of the second quarter.
After Central tied the game on Drake’s 4-yard touchdown run with 8:46 left, the Eagles regained the lead on Trey Quillin’s 7-yard touchdown run with 7:59 left.
The seesaw contest continued when Central’s Alex Fisher scored on a 9-yard run to tie the game at 14 with 3:41 left.
Yet, the Eagles had time for two more scores as Obrempong Oppong took the ensuing kickoff 87 yards for a score and then Cline hit Oppong for a 9-yard touchdown with 1:43 remaining.
“We were down four touchdowns at one point,” Central coach John Magistro said. “I can’t say enough about our kids. Now it’s on me as a coach to go back and see what we can do to get us better.”
NA – Siegenthaler 6 pass from Cline (Rolwing kick)
WC – Drake 4 run (Robertson kick)
NA – Quillin 7 run (Rolwing kick)
WC – Fisher 9 run (Robertson kick)
NA – Oppong 87 KO return (Rolwing kick)
NA – Oppong 9 pass from Cline (Rolwing kick)
NA – Siegenthaler 17 pass from Cline (Rolwing kick)
WC – Lowe 21 pass from Drake (Robertson kick)
NA – Siegenthaler 69 pass from Cline (Rolwing kick)
NA – Siegenthaler 32 pass from Cline (Rolwing kick)
WC – Mansfield 19 pass from Drake (Drake run)
WC – Drake 9 run (Robertson kick)
WC – Frierson 24 pass from Drake (Robertson kick)
NA – Siegenthaler 61 run (Henze pass from Cline)
WC – Frierson 20 pass from Drake (Robertson kick)