The Pickerington High School North football team took down one of its biggest nemeses to secure a .500 season.

The Pickerington High School North football team took down one of its biggest nemeses to secure a .500 season.

Grove City was 6-2 all-time against North heading into this season, including beating the Panthers in regular-season finales in both 2012 and 2013 to spoil North's hopes of going 10-0 in those seasons.

The Panthers, though, made it two in a row over the Dawgs with a 40-7 win Oct. 30 at home as they finished 5-5 overall.

Freshman quarterback Michael Lowery completed 11 of 20 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns for North, which placed fifth (3-4) in the OCC-Ohio Division.

Grove City finished 3-7 overall and tied Groveport for sixth (2-5) in the league.

Pickerington Central went 6-1 to win the title, with Gahanna, Lancaster and Reynoldsburg all going 5-2. Newark (0-7) rounded out the standings.

North finished with 360 yards of offense and gave up 162 to the Dawgs.

Jayvonta Tolliver rushed 13 times for 62 yards, Kevaughn Robinson rushed for 23 yards and one touchdown and Jamir Jackson added a touchdown run.

In the first quarter, Lowery hit Austin Hence for a 61-yard touchdown and Hence threw a 34-yard touchdown to Connor Gessells.

Nathan Maziarz then caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Lowery with 3 minutes, 8 seconds to go in the opening quarter to give his team a 21-0 lead.

Julien Turner, Morgan Conkel, Aric Lewis, Jack Grundey and Trezden Johnson led the defense with 1.5 tackles for loss each.