Senior running backs Jack Applegate and Graham Starn both rushed for more than 100 yards to lead the Olentangy Orange High School football team past visiting Westerville Central 35-10 on Oct. 12 in an OCC-Buckeye Division contest.
Starn rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries and Applegate added 106 yards and a touchdown on 15 attempts as the Pioneers improved to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the league.
“Coach (Zebb Schroeder) preached tenacity all week and our offensive line really came out and stepped things up,” Starn said. “We wouldn’t have been able to get the yards without them.”
The Pioneers led 14-7 at halftime and added three second-half touchdowns, and the Orange defense forced three turnovers and limited the Warhawks to 31 yards rushing in the second half after surrendering 120 in the first two quarters. Central’s only score in the second half was a 25-yard field goal by Jacob Borcilla with 1 minute, 24 seconds left in the third quarter.
“The defense really played strong and really made things easy for the offense,” Starn said. “They had three interceptions and came up big to help us stay unbeaten.”
The Pioneers’ interceptions were by Garrett Runyon, Joel Sarpong and Jimmy Sensibaugh.
Allen Smith led Central with 122 yards rushing and one touchdown on 21 carries, and Ashton Gilkey caught four passes for 44 yards.
“We just didn’t tackle,” said Warhawks coach John Magistro, whose team dropped to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Buckeye. “It would look like we had their running backs stopped, and they would break through for eight or nine yards. They were excellent up front.”
Orange quarterback Luke Schmeling was 3-for-5 passing for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Manny Anderson caught all three passes for the Pioneers, including touchdowns of 35 and 21 yards.
Dontay Hunter had a fumble recovery for the Warhawks.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final WESTERVILLE CENTRAL 7 0 3 0 10 OLENTANGY ORANGE
7 7 7 14 35
OO—Starn 1 run (Simon kick)
WC—A. Smith 3 run (Borcilla kick)
OO—Anderson 35 pass from Schmeling (Simon kick)
OO—Applegate 14 run (Simon kick)
WC—Borcilla 25 FG
OO—Starn 2 run (Simon kick)
OO—Anderson 21 pass from Schmeling (Simon kick)