After spotting Westerville North an early lead, the Westerville Central High School football team continued its domination of the rivalry with a 48-12 win Oct. 5 at home.
The Warhawks improved to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Buckeye Division, while North fell to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the league.
After losing to the Warriors 21-17 in the first game of the series in 2008, the Warhawks have won 10 consecutive meetings.
“They came out ready to go and we expected that with a rivalry game,” Central coach Brent Morrison said. “They came out and played hard and we just wore them down as the game went on.”
North took its only lead at 6-0 when Rondale Smith capped a 17-play, 80-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run with 4 minutes, 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Central took the lead for good on Myles Williamson’s 21-yard touchdown run with 1:13 left in the quarter and then used a defensive stand to add to its lead early in the second.
Faced with a fourth-and-1 from his team’s 29-yard line, Smith couldn’t handle a snap out of the wildcat formation. Smith recovered the fumble, but Central took over on downs at the 23.
Rickey Hyatt scored on a 10-yard run four plays later for a 14-6 lead with 9:33 left in the second quarter.
Hyatt capped the first-half scoring when he grabbed an inside screen from LaBronz Davis II and raced 60 yards for a score and a 21-6 lead.
Auri Dover connected with Jahi Glass for a 76-yard touchdown to account for North’s scoring in the second half.
Williamson scored on a 37-yard run to highlight a 27-point fourth quarter for Central.
“We tried to set the tone early,” North coach Bryan Johnson said. “We tried to run the ball. We got a couple fourth-down conversions. The (opening) drive was probably our best drive of the year. We’re a work in progress. We’re trying to get better every day. We have to lick our wounds a little bit and get better because we have Westerville South next.”
Central maintains possession of the Curt Jackowski Throwdown Across Maxtown trophy. Jackowski, who died in July 2014, was a former school administrator and supporter of Westerville prep sports.
“I love this game, especially with the Curt Jackowski trophy,” Morrison said. “We were pretty close with him, so it means a lot.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final WESTERVILLE NORTH 6 0 0 6 12 WESTERVILLE CENTRAL 7 14 0 27 48
WN—Smith 3 run (kick failed)
WC—Williamson 21 run (Borcila kick)
WC—Hyatt 10 run (Borcila kick)
WC—Hyatt 60 pass from Davis II (Borcila kick)
WC—Hartley 6 run (kicked failed)
WN—Glass 76 pass from Dover (kick failed)
WC—Williamson 37 run (Borcila kick)
WC—Davis 23 run (Borcila kick)
WC—Madison fumble recovery in end zone (Borcila kick)