Michael Mansaray’s second act wasn’t much of a letdown from the first.
The senior running back for the Westerville South football team scored six touchdowns as the host Wildcats jumped out to a 35-point lead en route to a 49-6 win over Worthington Kilbourne on Sept. 6.
Nobody would have blamed South football coach Matthew Christ for riding Mansaray heavy from the first play. After all, Mansaray ran all over the New Albany defense a week ago.
Instead, Christ and the Wildcats came out slinging. Quarterback Peter Pedrozo completed all five of his passes for 85 yards, including a 4-yard toss to Kaden Saunders to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead.
“(Kilbourne runs) a 4-4 (defense),” Christ said. “So, they’ve got a lot of guys in the box trying to stop the run. We feel like – offensively – we’re very balanced.”
Mansaray followed with touchdown runs of 4 and 5 yards – the latter of which was set up when Jaelon Gordon recovered a muff on a kickoff at Kilbourne’s 22.
Mansaray finished with 141 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 17 carries and added 57 yards and score on two catches to lead the Wildcats, who improved to 2-0.
Pedrozo was 15-for-24 passing for 272 yards and two touchdowns with Jesse DeVore as his main target with seven catches for 132 yards.
“We have a lot of weapons and I think our guys know that,” Christ said. “They’re blocking for each other and they’re very unselfish, which is exciting to see.”
Kilbourne was held to minus-5 yards on six plays on its first two possessions and turned the ball over on the kickoff on its third. The Wolves finally got going on their next possession, which went 45 yards on six plays. However, that drive ended with an interception by South’s Justin Roberts.
“Obviously, not the way we’d ever dream that we’d start that football game,” Kilbourne coach Mike Edwards said. “Hats off to those guys. They’ve got one heck of a running back and some skill players and we didn’t do a good job of tackling them in space and they made big plays and we just didn’t. We didn’t have the ammo to keep up with them.”
Mitchell Tomasek was 9-for-15 passing for 76 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Wolves, who dropped to 0-2.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final WORTHINGTON KILBOURNE 0 6 0 0 6 WESTERVILLE SOUTH
28 14 0 7 49
WS–Saunders 4 from Pedrozo (Bame kick)
WS–Mansaray 4 run (Bame kick)
WS–Mansaray 5 run (Bame kick)
WS–Mansaray 55 from Pedrozo (Bame kick)
WS–Mansaray 15 run (Bame kick)
WK–Scott 22 from Tomasek (kick blocked)
WS–Mansaray 1 run (Bame kick)
WS–Mansaray 34 run (Bame kick)