Scioto, Westerville South set for shootout
There's a good chance fans could be treated to a shootout when the Westerville South High School football team plays host to Dublin Scioto on Friday, Oct. 4, in an OCC-Cardinal Division game.
The Irish, who beat Westerville North 41-19 on Sept. 27 to improve to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the league, are averaging 31.8 points and giving up an average of 25.6. The Wildcats, who lost to Hilliard Bradley 52-48 on Sept. 27 to fall to 3-2 and 1-1, are averaging 35.4 points and allowing 23.4.
History also points to a high-scoring game, as Scioto beat the Wildcats 42-35 last season and South beat the Irish 45-42 in 2011.
"We've had some high-scoring games against each other and we've both already been involved in some high-scoring games this year, so there's definitely potential for another one when we meet on Friday," Scioto coach Karl Johnson said.
South coach Rocky Pentello is confident his spread offense can continue to move the ball and score, but he said the Wildcats need to avoid making costly mistakes.
Against Bradley, running back Darien Miller rushed for 306 yards and six touchdowns on 22 carries, quarterback Timmy Bates passed for 133 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 122 yards on nine carries and wide receiver Torrodd Carter had three catches for 78 yards.
Bradley's defense scored two touchdowns off South turnovers.
"Darien ran really well, Timmy made some good plays and our line did a good job of blocking, but we can't keep making the kind of mistakes we're making, where we're giving up touchdowns with our defense off the field," Pentello said.
"Dublin Scioto's a good team and we need to continue to make big plays while avoiding mistakes which are costing us points."
Scioto's defense limited North to 116 yards passing after struggling during a 41-38 league loss to Westerville Central on Sept. 20 and a 30-28 loss to Marysville on Sept. 13.
"We're improving defensively, but we still need to create more turnovers and shore up our pass defense," Johnson said. "South is similar to Central in that they're very athletic and they have athletes with a lot of big-play potential. For our defense, it's not about taking one guy away from them. They have a lot of weapons, so we'll have to defend the whole field."
Scioto quarterback Nathan Densel is coming off the most efficient game of his career, as he was 17-for-17 passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns against North. He threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to running back Darius McDonald and a 54-yard scoring pass to running back Nick Connor.
Connor also rushed for two touchdowns and Densel ran for a score.
"Our quarterback is throwing the ball well and making good decisions, and when we don't have any turnovers, good things happen for us," Johnson said. "Defensively, South is very athletic and they like to bring pressure, so we'll need to win the battle up front.
"We have good skill-position players who can score if they find space, so that's our job as coaches, to find ways to get them the ball with room to make plays."