The Whetstone High School football team will look to bounce back this week when it visits the Columbus Crusaders on Friday, Oct. 19.
The Braves' offense was unable to finish drives in a 19-0 loss to Beechcroft on Oct. 12, as they fell to 2-6 overall and 2-3 in the City League-North Division. That same night, the Crusaders improved to 2-6 with a 30-20 win over KIPP Columbus.
"We did everything but score against Beechcroft," said coach Tom Jones, whose team beat the Crusaders 34-7 last season. "We had 230 total yards in the rain and they had 161. The difference was we had three turnovers and they had one. (Beechcroft) took advantage of our mistakes and we didn't convert our scoring chances."
Whetstone continues to search for other options on offense to complement quarterback Rashaun Broomfield and running back Dorian Jordan.
Against Beechcroft, Broomfield rushed for 91 yards and passed for 31 yards and Jordan ran for 82 yards.
"They were spying on Rashaun and we've got to find some more guys to help offensively," Jones said. "Defensively, we played a very strong game. We gave up two big plays. I thought Ben Paugh had a great game at linebacker. He put pressure on their quarterback and helped eliminate their passing game."
Jones said some of the team's goals are still attainable.
"We went into the season with the main goal of at least matching last year's record," Jones said of the Braves' 3-7 finish last year. "We also wanted to finish in the top three in the league and we can do that, too."
That would require a win at Centennial in the regular-season finale Oct. 26.
Girls runners place second in City meet
Harper Daniel and Elizabeth Cobbs helped lead the girls cross country team to a second-place finish in the City League meet Oct. 10 at Walnut Ridge.
The Braves scored 51 points to finish behind Northland (29) in a five-team field.
Daniel placed third of 52 runners in 23 minutes, 9.8 seconds and Cobbs was sixth in 23:57.2, followed by Anya Ramey (15th, 25:20), Micah Stromsoe Delorenz (17th, 26:01.8) and Megan Sharp (25th, 26:50.1).
The top seven finishers made first-team all-league, the next seven made second team and Nos. 15-21 made honorable mention.
The boys team finished third (84) of 12 teams in the City meet, behind Centennial (60) and International (79).
The Braves were led by Mathew Conroy, who placed third (18:09.2) of 101 runners, and Thaine Nederveld, who placed seventh (18:30.7). Also scoring were Emil Adams (20th, 19:43.8), Collin Ramsby (21st, 20:20.2) and Hassan Sesay (34th, 21:03.4).
Both teams will compete in the Division I district meet Saturday, Oct. 20, at Hilliard Darby. The boys are in district 2, where the top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to the regional meet Oct. 27 at Pickerington North. The girls are in district 3, where the top six teams and top 24 individuals advance to regional.
Girls soccer team falls in City final
The girls soccer team gave up a pair of goals in the last 10 minutes of the first half and lost to Centennial 4-1 in the City championship game Oct. 11 at Mapfre Stadium.
The Braves, who lost to the Stars 1-0 on Oct. 1 in a regular-season contest, also lost in the City final last season. They had won six consecutive City championships before losing to Centennial 2-1 on penalty kicks last year.
The Braves were 5-8-1 before playing at ninth-seeded Upper Arlington in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 15. The winner plays 43rd-seeded Mifflin in the second round Thursday, Oct. 18, at the home of the better seed. The Braves are seeded 36th of 44 teams.
The second-round winner plays 12th-seeded Darby or 44th-seeded Westland in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 27.
Volleyball team earns share of league title
The girls volleyball team earned a share of the City-North title with Centennial by beating Northland 25-16, 25-17, 25-19 on Oct. 9.
The Braves improved to 15-4 overall and finished 13-1 in the City-North.
Whetstone is seeded 35th of 49 teams in the Division I district tournament and played at 14th-seeded Hamilton Township in the first round Oct. 15.
The winner played sixth-seeded Pickerington Central or 38th-seeded Reynoldsburg in the second round Oct. 17. That winner faces eighth-seeded Watterson, 16th-seeded Gahanna or 39th-seeded Westerville South in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Whitehall. The district final is Oct. 27 at Whitehall.
Boys soccer team builds momentum
The boys soccer team won its final three games of the regular season to improve to 7-7-1 and hoped to use that momentum in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 17 against host and 23rd-seeded Delaware.
The winner plays at top-seeded Olentangy Liberty in the second round Saturday, Oct. 20. That winner likely would play 12th-seeded Darby in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 27.
The Braves are seeded 41st of 48 teams.
Girls tennis team sweeps City titles
The girls tennis team closed its season Oct. 8 by completing the City League Coaches Tournament at West.
Both finals pitted Whetstone players against their teammates.
In the singles final, freshman Stella Thompson defeated classmate Alysia Swinehart 8-3. In the doubles final, junior Emma McAdams and sophomore Maizy Pratt defeated junior Sally Brackville and sophomore Melia Loar 8-1.
All six players earned first-team all-City honors.
The Braves, who do not have any seniors, won their ninth consecutive City championship by beating West 5-0 in the final on Oct. 1 but did not have any players advance from a Division I sectional Oct. 5 and 6 at Hilliard Bradley.
Whetstone finished 10-4 overall and 4-0 in the City-North.
"The season exceeded my expectations," coach Bucky Walters said. "We had one returning player with experience. That proves that dedication, desire and being coachable pays dividends. It was also a close-knit group with Emma leading the way. We're already planning how to capture our 10th straight City title next year."