For first-year Westerville Central High School football head coach Brent Morrison, the wait was worth it.
Morrison, a longtime assistant in the program, earned his first career win as head coach as the visiting Warhawks defeated Whitehall-Yearling 19-6 on Aug. 24.
Morrison replaced coach John Magistro, who stepped down last year after nine seasons and is now an assistant at Olentangy.
“I wish it wasn’t as sloppy as it was, but it’s always good to get that first win and now we can move on and hopefully get a lot more this season,” Morrison said.
Morrison was an assistant with the program since 2005, most recently serving as offensive coordinator
The game was tight throughout the first half with the teams trading first-quarter touchdowns. Central’s Tariq Stewart capped a 98-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, but Whitehall’s Raymell Byrd took the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 6.
Jacob Borcila’s 29-yard field goal late in the first half gave the Warhawks a 9-6 lead at halftime.
Central added to its lead in the third quarter as Borcila kicked a 20-yard field goal, and LaBronz Davis II connected with Luke Swaney for a 28-yard touchdown to make it 19-6 with 8:33 left in the third.
Davis completed 10 of 20 passes for 277 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
“We shot ourselves in the foot a lot,” Morrison said. “We had three turnovers in the first half. We gave up a special teams touchdown. Our defense played excellent tonight, especially with the quality of athletes that we went against.”
Whitehall’s Wayne Blackshear rushed for 105 yards on 17 carries.
Byrd completed 8 of 21 passes for 108 yards with one interception and rushed for 89 yards on 27 carries.
Whitehall drove deep into Central territory three times in the game, but came up empty each time.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final WESTERVILLE CENTRAL 6 3 10 0 19 WHITEHALL
6 0 0 0 6
WC—Stewart 2 run (kick blocked)
WH—Byrd 98 kickoff return (kick failed)
WC—Borcila 29 FG
WC—Borcila 20 FG
WC—Swaney 28 pass from Davis II (Borcila kick)