Olentangy made quite a statement in its final OCC-Cardinal Division game of the season, running past visiting Westerville North 56-12 Friday in Lewis Center.
The Braves (5-5, 4-3 OCC) completed just one pass all night, but it hardly mattered as they covered better than 400 yards on the ground. The defense, meanwhile, allowed the Warriors (0-10, 0-7 OCC) just 51 yards of total offense.
Olentangy started the scoring early, getting three first-quarter touchdown runs — a five-yard effort by Derrick Rodgers, a one-yard Rodgers run and an 11-yard scamper by Joshua Perry — to make it a 21-0 game.
Westerville North answered with a long TD run from Logan Hansford, a 50-yard sprint, but the extra point attempt missed and the hosts pretty much ran away with things the rest of the way.
Christian Brett scored the Braves’ lone receiving touchdown, catching a 20-yard pass from quarterback Jonathan Seymour, making it a 28-6 game early in the second quarter, and Perry scored on a 56-yard run later to balloon the margin to 35-6 by halftime.
Olentangy’s second-half scores belonged to Perry, who scored on a one-yard run; Luke Hartline, who scored via a two-yard run; and Ramal Iverson, who ran into the end zone from four yards away. All three came in the third quarter.
Perry led all runners with 198 yards and three touchdowns in just 18 carries. Iverson was also steady, closing with 77 yards and a TD in six carries.