In what was expected to be its first test of the season, the Westerville Central football team turned in another dominating performance Sept. 20 at Pickerington North.
Rickey Hyatt rushed for 210 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries to lead the way in a 41-6 victory for the Warhawks, who improved to 4-0 while the Panthers dropped to 1-3.
“There’s been a lot of rumors out there that we haven’t played anyone and our guys came out to prove a point that we’re as good as we think we are,” Central coach Brent Morrison said. “That’s been the motto the whole season, that we’re out to prove something.”
For the fourth time this season, Central built such a large lead that the game was played with a running clock in the second half.
With the Warhawks up 7-0 late in the first quarter, the game was delayed more than two hours because of lightning.
Hyatt scored on runs of 24, 12 and 2 yards and Jace Jarvis pulled in a one-handed 12-yard touchdown catch from Judah Holtzclaw to help Central build a 34-0 lead in the third quarter.
North avoided the shutout on Jack Sawyer’s 7-yard scoring pass to Chris Scott in the fourth quarter.
Sawyer, an Ohio State recruit at defensive end, completed 10 of 27 passes for 155 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
“We played a very good team,” North coach Nate Hillerich said. “It’s making sure our kids stay together. It was just one of them weird nights. We turned the ball over. We just didn’t make the plays we had to. We had some dropped passes. Their kids made more plays than we did.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final WESTERVILLE CENTRAL 7 13 14 7 41 PICKERINGTON NORTH
0 0 0 6 6
WC—Hyatt 2 run (Giammarco kick)
WC—Williamson 20 run (Giammarco kick)
WC—Jarvis 12 pass from Holtzclaw (kick failed)
WC—Hyatt 24 run (Giammarco kick)
WC—Hyatt 12 run (Giammarco kick)
PN—Scott 7 pass from Sawyer (kick failed)
WC—Swaney 22 pass from Holtzclaw (Giammarco kick)