The Whetstone High School football team will be seeking its third consecutive win when it plays host to Northland on Friday, Oct. 7, in a City-North game.

The Whetstone High School football team will be seeking its third consecutive win when it plays host to Northland on Friday, Oct. 7, in a City-North game.

The Braves received a spark from the addition of four players who saw their first action in a 34-6 league win over Linden on Sept. 30 after having to sit out the first five games because of the Ohio High School Athletic Association's transfer rule.

"Marlon Curry, a sophomore who moved in from out of state and had to sit out the first half of the season, has some impressive special teams plays and was aggressive as a sub on defense," coach Don Poff said. "He had two sacks and returned a fumbled 25 yards to set up a score.

"We also had three other transfers who saw their first action in senior quarterback Will Buckland, senior receiver and defensive back Brian Battle and junior free safety Franklin Fuentes."

Whetstone, which is 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the City-North, had three interceptions against Linden, with Ibrahim Sesay returning one 50 yards for a touchdown and Lawrence Dean returning another 20 yards for a score. Miles Poff had an interception and made five tackles, as did Sesay.

Offensively, quarterback Jack Staggs was 9-for-20 passing for 162 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Jerrimi Williams (64 and 15 yards), while Poff ran 16 times for 70 yards.

"Our defense played aggressively and, on the interceptions, did a great job blocking to turn them into pick sixes," coach Poff said. "We'll have to continue to play well against Northland, because I'm sure we fueled their fire by beating them (24-14) last year."

Whetstone will face a former teammate in J.J. Branham, a running back who transferred to Northland and played his first game with the Vikings during their 32-15 win over Mifflin on Sept. 30.

The Vikings are 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the league.

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