The Westerville South High School football team wrapped up its season on a high note Nov. 1 by routing host Westerville North 48-19 in an OCC-Cardinal Division game.
The Wildcats finished 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the league, while the Warriors finished 3-7 and 1-6.
"North-South is the original rivalry and it was big for us to win it," South senior quarterback Timmy Bates said. "Beating North at their place is the biggest highlight of the season for us."
Bates was 12-for-18 passing for 290 yards with a career-high five touchdowns and one interception. Wide receiver Torrodd Carter had five catches for 185 yards and three touchdowns, and running back Devan Wade ran for 104 yards and a score on six carries.
With that performance, Bates, who was a first-year starter at quarterback, surpassed 2,000 passing yards and 2,500 all-purpose yards for the season.
"That's something I'm proud of and our entire offense is proud of because I wouldn't have those statistics without my teammates," he said.
On the second play of South's second possession, Bates threw a 64-yard scoring pass to Carter. On the first play of the Wildcats' third drive, Bates tossed a 48-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Joshua Wilson to make it 14-0.
"We quieted their big crowd in the first quarter, and after we scored that second touchdown, the game was pretty much over," Bates said.
In the second quarter, quarterback Jake Downs scored on a 3-yard run and running back Andy Struttmann scored on a 33-yard run to pull the Warriors within 21-13.
But Bates threw touchdown passes of 39 and 69 yards to Carter in the second quarter to extend South's lead to 35-13 at halftime.
Running back Darien Miller scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter and Bates threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Curtis Mitchell early in the fourth to give the Wildcats a 48-13 advantage.
Struttmann rushed for 122 yards on 16 carries. Downs rushed for 67 yards on 15 carries and was 3-for-12 passing for 31 yards.