On a night when the offenses looked unstoppable, the Reynoldsburg High School football team jumped on two fumbles that led to second-half touchdowns in a 41-31 victory over host Westerville Central on Sept. 22.
The Warhawks trailed 34-31 when Central quarterback Isaiah Healy fumbled and the Raiders’ Jomanee Harris recovered at the Warhawks’ 14-yard line with 2 minutes, 42 seconds left. Six plays later, Guy Cowans-Wright scored on an 8-yard run for his second touchdown.
“My team needed a play, so I just jumped on it,” Harris said. “It was a tough game, and there’s going to be many more.”
Reynoldsburg improved to 4-1 and opens OCC-Ohio Division play against Pickerington North on Sept. 29.
“We came here to get a win, and we got a win,” Reynoldsburg coach Buddy White said. “Now the real season starts. The OCC-Ohio is going to be a gauntlet.”
Reynoldsburg held a 27-17 lead in the third quarter after lineman Jay Amburgey fell on a fumble in the end zone. Raiders quarterback Justin Henry was hit and lost the ball around the 8-yard line, and the ball wound up in the end zone as players tried to recover it.
“They made big plays … and that was the difference,” said Central coach John Magistro, whose team dropped to 2-3 despite holding a 473-364 advantage in total yards. “I thought our kids played hard, but they just made more plays than we did.”
The Warhawks regained the lead, 31-27, when Healy scored on a 19-yard run with 7:13 left. He also scored on touchdown runs of 4 and 20 yards, rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries and completed 15 of 26 passes for 200 yards.
Central running back Allen Smith added 184 yards on 26 carries and scored on a 4-yard run that cut Reynoldsburg’s lead to 27-24 early in the third quarter.
Cowans-Wright finished with 165 yards on 22 carries to lead the Raiders.
“We have a couple guys who got hurt, so he had to carry more of the load than he’s used to,” White said. “But he responded well and did a great job.”
Henry, who’s been battling an injury, completed 11 of 23 passes for 179 yards and a 34-yard touchdown throw to Mershawn Rice. Rice finished with five catches for 91 yards and gave the Warhawks’ secondary fits in trying to cover him.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final REYNOLDSBURG 7 13 7 14 41 WESTERVILLE CENTRAL
10 7 0 14 31
WC—Borcilla 30 FG
R—Rice 34 pass from Henry (Philhower kick)
WC—Healy 4 run (Borcilla kick)
R—Cowans-Wright 7 run (Philhower kick)
WC —Healy 20 run (Borcilla kick)
R—Philhower 38 FG
R—Philhower 41 FG
R—Amburgey fumble recovery in end zone (Philhower kick)
WC—Smith 4 run (Borcilla kick)
WC—Healy 19 run (Borcilla kick)
R—Henry 2 run (Philhower kick)
R—Cowans-Wright 8 run (Philhower kick)