Michael Mansaray rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns, powering the Westerville South football team to a 35-21 victory at Thomas Worthington on Sept. 13.
The speedy senior scored on runs of 43, 1, 66 and 3 yards, helping the Wildcats start 3-0 for the first time since 2012.
“I have speed, but really it’s the line, and I know that’s cliché and everybody says that, but honestly, they’ve been blocking their butts off,” said Mansaray, who has 15 touchdowns through three games.
He also had an apparent touchdown on a 31-yard run in the second quarter, but a holding call erased the score, while another holding penalty wiped out a 51-yard run.
“Mansaray may be the best back in all of Ohio,” said Thomas Worthington coach Matt Zingery, whose team dropped to 1-2. “I mean, he’s the real deal … and he’s hard to stop. I thought we did a good job of slowing him down, but he hit a couple on us that hurt.”
Mansaray’s 3-yard touchdown run with 11 minutes, 56 seconds left ended a five-play drive that went 78 yards and put South up 35-14.
Thomas quarterback Nathan Borghese, who took over for an injured James Gaiters in the second half, scored on a 10-yard run with 6:29 left and finished with 86 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Gaiters sustained an upper-body injury, according to Zingery, and will be evaluated for next week.
The Cardinals’ offense looked its best on the opening drive, going 80 yards in eight plays. Sheron Phipps broke free up the middle for a 40-yard touchdown run, giving Thomas a 7-0 lead.
From there, the Wildcats scored 21 unanswered points, including Peter Pedrozo’s 21-yard touchdown throw to Matthew Bame that evened the score at 7.
Pedrozo completed 14 of 21 passes for 137 yards.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final WESTERVILLE SOUTH 7 14 7 7 35 THOMAS WORTHINGTON
7 0 7 14 21
TW—Phipps 40 run (Graham kick)
WS—Bame 21 pass from Pedrozo (Bame kick)
WS—Mansaray 43 run (Bame kick)
WS—Mansaray 1 run (Bame kick)
TW—Mitchell 2 run (Graham kick)
WS—Mansaray 66 run (Bame kick)
WS—Mansaray 3 run (Bame kick)
TW—Borghese 10 run (Graham kick)