Westerville South at Delaware Hayes: Wildcats look to stay perfect against winless Pacers
The Westerville South football team stayed unbeaten by rallying from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter in Week 3, and the Wildcats will look to move to 4-0 when they travel to Delaware for an OCC-Capital Division matchup Friday, Sept. 18.
South trailed Westerville North 28-17, but scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull out a 32-28 victory on Sept. 11 and improve to 3-0 overall and in the league.
Wildcats quarterback Peter Pedrozo connected on a 28-yard touchdown pass to Javi’er Wills with 1 minute, 7 seconds remaining to cap a 98-yard drive for the winning score.
It was the Wildcats’ 14th consecutive win over the Warriors.
The Pacers, who lost to Worthington Kilbourne 31-17 on Sept. 11, are still seeking their first victory after falling to 0-3 overall and in the OCC-Capital.
South had 370 yards of total offense as Pedrozo completed 18 of 23 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He also ran for 33 yards on six carries.
Kaden Saunders led the Wildcats in receiving with six catches for 91 yards. Matthew Bame (4 catches for 70 yards), Wills (3 catches for 51 yards) and Jesse DeVore (3 catches for 32 yards) each caught a touchdown.
Brandon Armstrong led the Wildcats in rushing with 82 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
After struggling on offense during their first two games, the Pacers scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter against Kilbourne to take a 17-14 lead. The Wolves scored 17 points in the second half, however, and their defense shut out the Pacers after halftime.
Delaware quarterback Austin Dowell completed 13 of 27 passes for 86 yards and rushed for 53 yards on 12 carries.
Ty Gillman led the Pacers with 85 yards rushing and a touchdown on 20 carries, while Elijah Burton rushed for 10 yards and a touchdown on two carries.
The Wildcats and Pacers have not played since 2005, when South won 56-0.
WESTERVILLE SOUTH at DELAWARE HAYES
•When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18
•Last meeting: 2005, South 56-0
•South (3-0 overall, 3-0 in OCC-Capital) to date: Defeated Dublin Scioto 42-28; def. Big Walnut 50-41; def. Westerville North 32-28
•Delaware (0-3 overall, 0-3 in OCC-Capital) to date: Lost to Big Walnut 14-6; lost to North 24-7; lost to Worthington Kilbourne 31-17
•Top Wildcats: Brandon Armstrong (RB/DB), Matthew Bame (WR/K/P), Zane Boszor (LB), Jesse DeVore (WR/WB), Elvis Gyabeng (H-back/DL), Tyler O’Reilly (OL/DL), Devin Oteng-Achamfour (HB/DL/LB), Peter Pedrozo (QB), Kaden Saunders (WR/DB) and Javi’er Wills (WR/DB)
•Top Pacers: Alex Blevins (WR), Austin Dowell (QB), Blake Eiland (QB), Logan Eubanks (RB), Ty Gillman (RB), Matt McGeath (OL/DL), Logan Gibson (OL), Gavin Kenney (OL), Braeden McGrady (WR), Kaleb Shaw (LB) and Orion Ward (DB)