Westerville Central looks to rebound from first loss
Westerville Central High School football coach John Magistro believes it's important to see how his team responds to adversity.
The Warhawks are coming off their first loss of the season, a 34-14 defeat at home against Dublin Scioto on Sept. 14.
Central (3-1 overall) visits Worthington Kilbourne (1-3) on Friday, Sept. 21, in a matchup of teams that lost their OCC-Cardinal Division openers. It's the first meeting between the programs.
"You would think that we would be very hungry this week in practice because these kids know that we have a chance to be a good football team," Magistro said. "We're not a bad football team. We're going to play good football teams. It's going to be a fight."
Scioto not only knocked the Warhawks from the ranks of the unbeaten, but it also denied Magistro his 200th career victory.
Magistro is 199-93, including a 181-76 record in 23 years at Bellaire. He is 18-17 in three-plus seasons at Central.
"I was just worried about win No. 4 (of this season)," Magistro said.
Against Scioto, Central led twice, 10-7 and 14-10, as Charlie Moushey caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Jared Drake and Drake scored on a 1-yard run.
Scioto (3-1) took control in the second half, scoring 24 unanswered points.
Central had an 82-yard scoring run by Drake nullified by a holding penalty in the second half.
Each team had 272 total yards.
Drake completed 14 of 30 passes for 143 yards with a touchdown and interception. He was sacked five times.
"We just didn't play well," Magistro said. "What disappoints you as a coach is when your good players don't play up to their expectations. Sometimes you know some average players are going to have a letdown every now and then, but we didn't get the performance we want out of our good players."
For the season, Drake has completed 52 of 100 passes for 546 yards with six touchdowns and one interception and has rushed for a team-high 541 yards and five touchdowns on 56 carries.
Running back Alex Fisher has rushed for 294 yards and two touchdowns on 58 carries.
Moushey has 16 receptions for 246 yards and five touchdowns.
"It's really important to come back and play well," Moushey said. "(This week) will change the whole mood about the rest of the season. (If) we come out hard and we smack them and just play our game, we should have a really good rest of the season. The loss will not change our goals. We definitely want to make the playoffs and go undefeated the rest of the season."
Kilbourne lost to Westerville South 28-7 on Sept. 14. The Wolves' offense struggled, finishing with 121 rushing yards on 38 carries and 20 passing yards.
As part of OCC realignment, Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby and Kilbourne moved to the OCC-Cardinal in place of Marysville, Olentangy and Olentangy Liberty.
Last season, Kilbourne was 2-5 in the OCC-Central and 3-7 overall.
The Wolves' win this season came against Thomas Worthington, 37-3 on Aug. 31.
"They're not a bad football team," Magistro said of Kilbourne. "They seem to be a very physical team.
"I told our guys we're not going to have easy games the rest of the season. We have to learn to fight. We have to learn to battle."