After a heartbreaking 27-26 loss at Centerville a week ago, the Pickerington High School North football team bounced back with a dominating performance against visiting Westerville Central on Sept. 15.
The Panthers took command early on their way to a 42-3 win to improve to 3-1.
The Warhawks saw their two-game winning streak end as they fell to 2-2.
“Special teams, defense, we just came out and we told our kids they had to play relentless,” North coach Nate Hillerich said. “It was a great effort. We set the tone right from the start.”
North set the tone on the game’s opening possession, as Marlyn Hill blocked a punt by Jacob Borcila and Ben Johnson recovered at the Central 1-yard line. Larry Martin scored on the next play to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead.
North took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter when Johnson blocked a field-goal attempt and Hill scooped up the ball and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.
The Panthers turned to their high-powered offense for their remaining first-half scoring, as quarterback Jimmy Weirick connected with Ty Wiley for a 46-yard touchdown pass and Weirick (1 yard) and Kevaughn Robinson (3 yards) scored on short runs late in the first half as North took a 35-3 lead into halftime.
The second half was played with a running clock.
Weirick passed for 196 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 54 yards and two scores as the Panthers had a 350-66 advantage in total yards.
Borcila accounted for Central’s lone points with a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter.
“Special teams started it off,” Central coach John Magistro said. “Defensively, we played well for a while and then just (made) too many mistakes. We just couldn’t get anything going.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final WESTERVILLE CENTRAL 3 0 0 0 3 PICKERINGTON NORTH
14 21 7 0 42
PN—Martin 1 run (Shalawylo kick)
PN—Hill 45 blocked FG return (Shalawylo kick)
WC—Borcila 23 FG
PN—Wiley 46 pass from Weirick (Shalawylo kick)
PN—Weirick 1 run (Shalawylo kick)
PN—Robinson 3 run (Shalawylo kick)
PN—Weirick 5 run (Shalawylo kick)