The third Friday night time of the highschool soccer season is within the books and listed below are among the highlights from Central Ohio.
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Watterson 28, Prepared 7
Returning to the components that labored early within the sport helped Watterson draw back in the course of the second half in opposition to Prepared on Sept. 2 at Worthington Kilbourne.
The Eagles used the working of Treyton Mercer and quick passes from quarterback Ryan Rudzinski to place collectively a 67-yard opening drive, capped by Rudzinski’s 1-yard sneak on fourth-and-goal.
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These had been the one factors Watterson acquired in the course of the first half, nevertheless, because it had a landing known as again due to a penalty, misplaced a fumble and threw an interception.
On Watterson’s first drive of the second half, it went again to the extra conservative fashion of its opening drive and produced its second landing, serving to to regain the momentum that the protection added to by not permitting a primary down in the course of the third quarter.
“Within the first half, I believed we made errors that price us,” Eagles coach Brian Kennedy mentioned. “They play very laborious and so they took benefit of among the alternatives we gave them within the first half. We’ve acquired to be extra constant working the ball, like we did tonight.”
Whereas Prepared dropped to 1-1, Watterson improved to 3-0 and moved to 26-1 all-time within the sequence.
One of many Eagles’ miscues within the first half befell when Dom Theado caught a 20-yard cross from Rudzinski on the Prepared 14 however then fumbled.
Theado, a sophomore tight finish, redeemed himself with 48 seconds left within the third quarter when he scored his first varsity landing on an 7-yard cross from Rudzinski that made it 21-7.
“I used to be considering to myself within the locker room that I needed to get that (turnover) again, and it feels actually good to get it again,” Theado mentioned. “It’s a terrific sport for us to win.”
Mercer scored on an 11-yard run with 5:49 to go within the third quarter and added a 13-yard scoring run with 9:09 remaining.
It marked the second consecutive sport that Mercer topped 100 yards as he completed with 134 yards on 29 carries.
Brandon Trout added 11 catches for 72 yards, and Rudzinski had 79 yards passing, 59 yards dashing and intercepted two passes on protection.
“Our line within the second half was opening up holes, particularly on the left aspect with Cole Rhett and Franco (Kader),” Mercer mentioned. “I wouldn’t have had these runs in the event that they hadn’t opened up these holes. We simply have extra guys shopping for on this yr and we’re not being as egocentric this yr.”
Prepared acquired its solely landing on a 1-yard run by Kentrell Rinehart with 4:09 to go within the first half, finishing a 10-play, 86-yard drive that featured a 37-yard cross from Kaleb Schaffer to Brian Fitzsimmons on the play earlier than the landing.
Fitzsimmons was restricted to 30 yards on 12 carries, whereas Dalton Miller had six catches for 93 yards to guide Prepared’s offense.
“We have to execute higher throughout,” Prepared coach Michael Schaefer mentioned. “We had two takeaways within the first half and our youngsters performed laborious, each offensively and defensively. We’ve simply acquired to proceed to get higher.”
Watterson vs. Prepared
W—Rudzinski 1 run (Kessinger kick)
R—Rinehart 1 run (Craddock kick)
W—Mercer 11 run (Kessinger kick)
W—Theado 7 cross from Rudzinski (Kessinger kick)
W—Mercer 13 run (Kessinger kick)
Central Crossing 21, Westland 14
Abdul-Malik Kamara rushed for 142 yards and one landing, however the Central Crossing junior made his greatest contribution with a momentum-shifting 94-yard interception return for a rating on the ultimate play of the primary half.
“Coach (Trevor White) instructed me to look at the slant,” mentioned Kamara, whose crew improved to 2-1. “I noticed the ball coming, I made the play and there was nothing however inexperienced grass in entrance of me.”
Kamara had a 7-yard run and Anthony Whatley added a 5-yard run to spherical out the scoring for the Comets, who harm themselves with two fumbles and an interception in addition to 10 penalties for 95 yards.
“A win is a win,” mentioned White, whose program has received all 12 conferences with the Cougars. “We’ve had some hard-fought video games with Westland, and this was no totally different.”
Westland quarterback Levi Estep was 11-for-17 passing for 150 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Central Crossing’s Ethan Alcantara had the pickoff with 3:38 to play.
“We made lots of errors that we’ve to erase,” mentioned Westland coach Rick Rios, whose crew dropped to 2-1. “We’re taking part in lots of younger youngsters, however we’re rising up and getting higher.”
Westland vs. Central Crossing
CENTRAL CROSSING: 7-14-0-0–21
CC—Kamara 7 run (Pauquette kick)
W—Gibbs 7 cross from Estep (Orahood kick)
CC—Whatley 5 run (kick failed)
CC—Kamara 94 return (White run)
W—Smoot 25 cross from Estep (Orahood kick)
Grove Metropolis 42, Thomas Worthington 26
Working again Jaeson Thrweatt ran for 3 touchdowns and the Grove Metropolis protection totaled 10 sacks to carry off a comeback try by host Thomas.
Thrweatt, who scored two of his three touchdowns within the first quarter because the Dawgs constructed a 21-0 lead, completed with 161 yards on 16 carries.
“(Thrweatt) is a tricky child to convey down,” mentioned Grove Metropolis coach Greg Waits, whose crew improved to 2-1 whereas the Cardinals fell to 2-1. “He performs laborious each single time he touches it. He’s not going to cease. He’s going to maintain driving and driving and driving. We love that child.”
Grove Metropolis’s protection additionally got here up massive, as Trevor Mills had 4 sacks, Christian Isaacs added three sacks and Xavier Rose and Braden Younger every had interceptions.
Matthew Papas was 16-for-29 passing for 214 yards with three touchdowns and one interception and ran for 57 yards on six carries for the Dawgs.
“Now we have an excellent offense,” Waits mentioned. “We knew (Thomas) had a fairly good offense, however we knew we may rating some factors, too.”
Luke Mullins was Papas’ important goal with 5 catches for 86 yards and a landing.
For the Cardinals, quarterback Will Cooper went 21-for-41 passing for 390 yards with 4 touchdowns and two interceptions. Simon Smith caught 4 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
A 70-yard reception by Smith within the third quarter with Thomas trailing 28-13 arrange the Cardinals deep in Grove Metropolis territory, however Isaacs and Mills every recorded sacks earlier than Tyler Poole broke up a fourth-down cross in the long run zone.
“We had been making an attempt to sack them on each single play,” Isaacs mentioned. “We knew once they acquired down there that we weren’t simply going to allow them to rating. We buckled down and stopped them. Ty was massive, too — chasing down (that cross). That’s what actually helped us.”
Thomas, which got here away with no factors after recovering a fumble on the Grove Metropolis 25 on the Dawgs’ first play from scrimmage, couldn’t bounce again from its gradual begin.
“We got here out tremendous flat and didn’t present up within the first quarter and couldn’t recuperate from that,” Thomas coach Mike Picetti mentioned. “We weren’t defending up entrance and that’s me. I coach the O-line, in order that’s on me.”
Grove Metropolis vs. Thomas Worthington
GROVE CITY: 21-0-7-14–42
THOMAS WORTHINGTON: 0-7-6-13–26
GC—Thrweatt 43 run (Kline kick)
GC—Reber 32 cross from Papas (Kline kick)
GC—Thrweatt 15 run (Kline kick)
TW—Simon 47 cross from Cooper (LaPrad kick)
GC—Mullins 53 cross from Papas (Kline kick)
TW—Simon 61 cross from Cooper (kick blocked)
GC—Thrweatt 29 run (Kline kick)
TW—Zalewski 19 cross from Cooper (cross failed)
GC—King 46 cross from Papas (Kline kick)
TW—Hern 27 cross from Cooper (LaPrad kick)
Harvest Prep 43, Eastmoor Academy 6
Harvest Prep quarterback Aidan Rodgers threw for 283 yards and 4 touchdowns, and Justin Batiste and Chris Brown every caught a pair of scoring passes because the Warriors cruised over host Eastmoor.
Rodgers, who was 9-for-11 passing and rushed for 63 yards on eight carries, had TD throws of 63, 43, 61 and 66 yards within the first half — three of them within the second quarter — to make it 31-6 at halftime.
“We’ve been so good at working the ball through the years, I believe some groups get heavy within the field,” mentioned Harvest Prep coach Milan Smith, whose crew improved to 3-0. “Aidan is an effective quarterback, and once you give a person like that 1-on-1 … it makes it extraordinarily powerful to defend us.”
Eastmoor (1-1), which had its Week 2 sport canceled due to the academics strike in Columbus, went 47 yards in 9 performs on its opening drive, ending with a 2-yard landing run by Marvals Hampton. The Warriors struggled after that, nevertheless, and completed with unfavourable yards dashing within the first half.
A punt snap that sailed over Aaron Dickson Jr.’s head within the second quarter gave Harvest Prep the ball on the Eastmoor 1-yard line.
Ernest Pierce, who completed with 59 yards on six carries, scored on the subsequent play to offer Harvest Prep the lead for good.
“We’d wish to see our protection play a bit of bit higher at first, however what we search for is how we reply, and so they responded effectively,” Smith mentioned.
Harvest Prep vs. Eastmoor Academy
HARVEST PREP: 6-25-6-6–43
EASTMOOR ACADEMY: 6-0-0-0–6
EA—Hampton 2 run (kick failed)
HP—Batiste 63 cross from Rodgers (cross failed)
HP—Pierce 1 run (cross failed)
HP—Brown 43 cross from Rodgers (kick failed)
HP—Brown 61 cross from Rodgers (Sharpe kick)
HP—Batiste 66 cross from Rodgers (kick failed)
HP—Cox 14 run (kick failed)
HP—Pierce 8 run (kick failed)
Clayton Northmont 31, Hilliard Davidson 0
Per week after holding off Grove Metropolis for a 7-3 win, Davidson trailed 21-0 at halftime and misplaced its first assembly in opposition to visiting Northmont, which improved to 3-0.
“They’re a extremely good crew,” Davidson coach Jeremey Scally mentioned. “That’s the primary time this crew and employees has taken a intestine punch. How we reply might be indicative of what it’s going to appear like, sound like and really feel like transferring ahead. Northmont is nice sufficient to be a 10-0 crew. We acquired outcoached, we acquired outexecuted, we acquired out-everything tonight.”
Deuce Cortner linked on a pair of lengthy first-half landing passes and Noah McClure scored on a 33-yard run to assist the Thunderbolts take management.
Davidson’s first half was highlighted by Nathan Hovest’s interception close to midfield. The Wildcats had been restricted to 36 yards within the half and completed with 72 for the sport, whereas Northmont completed with 263 yards.
Cortner accomplished solely six of 21 passes for 161 yards, and McClure rushed for 87 yards on 16 carries.
James Tarantine rushed for a team-high 25 yards for Davidson, which fell to 2-1.
Clayton Northmont vs. Hilliard Davidson
CLAYTON NORTHMONT: 7-14-7-3–31
HILLIARD DAVIDSON: 0-0-0-0–0
CN—Wilkins 79 cross from Cortner (Perkins kick)
CN—Brownlee 42 cross from Cortner (Perkins kick)
CN—McClure 33 run (Perkins kick)
CN—Schommer 12 fumble return (Perkins kick)
CN—Perkins 28 FG
Columbus Academy, Newark Catholic soccer sport canceled
Due to the dying of an Academy scholar, the sport between the host Vikings and Newark Catholic scheduled for Sept. 2 was canceled.
“Whereas we benefit from the camaraderie and group feeling that Friday nights like these generate, our power and focus should not on internet hosting a celebratory night time, however on caring for our group members who’re hurting after the lack of a fellow scholar,” Bob Lee, the varsity’s director of communications and advertising, mentioned in an announcement.