Friday Night Live: 5 things we learned in Week 3

JARROD ULREY
julrey@thisweeknews.com
Westerville South's Javi'er Wills (left) and Peter Pedrozo celebrate Wills' game-winning touchdown catch against Westerville North on Sept. 11.

While it might seem hard to believe, the regular-season games that will be played before the playoffs begin are halfway over.

Not surprisingly during a season in which teams throughout Ohio had limited scrimmages and many had inconsistent practice routines, there seem to be more questions than answers at this point.

The uncertainties caused by a roller-coaster offseason might continue to carry over until the postseason begins during the second weekend of October.

Here are five things we learned in Week 3:

1. Westerville South continues to find a way offensively.

After scoring 50 points to win in Week 2, the Wildcats rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat rival Westerville North 32-28 on Sept. 11.

The win was the 14th in a row in the series and improved South to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Capital Division, while further showcasing quarterback Peter Pedrozo as he threw three touchdowns to continue an outstanding season.

It also showed the progress made by North, which dropped to 2-1 but looks vastly improved after going 1-9 last season.

2. DeSales took a big step toward the CCL title by beating Hartley.

There is a long way to go in the CCL race considering DeSales, Hartley and Watterson all will finish with five league games and St. Charles has three to play, but the Stallions improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the league by edging the Hawks 24-21 on Sept. 11 at home.

Those teams will meet again Oct. 2 at Hartley, which is 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the league.

Running back Quintell Quinn rushed for 111 yards on 17 carries and quarterback Nicky Pentello had 101 yards rushing, but a pair of second-half touchdowns by Jonathan Thompson helped decide the outcome for the Stallions.

3. There are few offenses in central Ohio that can match Olentangy Berlin.

After losing a pair of high-scoring contests to begin the season, Berlin beat Hilliard Darby 48-41 to improve to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal.

Quarterback Jacob Moeller threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score to Bennett Lawrence with 6 minutes, 38 seconds remaining.

Darby dropped to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the league, but its victory came in Week 2 over a Marysville team that is 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the league.

4. Hilliard Bradley used a big first half to earn win No. 1.

In a matchup with Hilliard Davidson, Bradley got a pair of touchdowns and 126 yards rushing on 11 carries from A.J. Mirgon on the way to a 22-17 victory.

The Jaguars improved to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Central, while the Wildcats fell to 1-2 and 0-2.

Bradley, which had lost the last two matchups against Davidson, didn’t score in the second half and held the ball for just 16 minutes overall but made a 22-10 halftime lead stand.

5. Ready and Harvest Prep both look on track for their Week 4 showdown.

Ready defeated previously unbeaten Columbus Academy 33-7 and Harvest Prep blew past Grandview 64-13 on Sept. 11, setting up what looks to be an intriguing matchup Sept. 18 on the Warriors’ home field.

Tyrese Hudson rushed 14 times for 151 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Darius Parham had 144 yards and two scores on 11 carries to lead the Silver Knights as they improved to 2-1.

Harvest Prep was coming off a Week 2 loss to Academy but led 56-7 by halftime against Grandview to also improve to 2-1.

Last season, Harvest Prep beat Ready 21-15 in overtime.

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