Olentangy played even with host Westerville South through the first quarter and a half, but the Wildcats got lose late, pulling away for a 42-20 OCC-Cardinal Division win.
The Braves (4-5, 3-3 OCC) struck first, getting an 18-yard touchdown run from Joshua Perry early in the first.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Wildcats (6-3, 5-1 OCC) scored a first quarter TD on a five-yard run from Daxton Cates and another touchdown thanks to a Noah Prentiss 45-yard scamper early in the second, giving South a 14-7 advantage.
Olentangy got back to even when quarterback Andrew Horstman connected with Perry from 14 yards out.
South dominated the action the rest of the way, however, getting a 35-yard TD pass from Nick Renzetti to Gary Brown just before the break; a 68-yard Marcus Ball-Kelly Carter connection to make it 28-14 in the third; a Prentiss one-yard run; and a 59-yard scoring strike from Renzetti to Jalen Bell in the fourth to smooth out the scoring summary.
The Braves’ lone second half score came in the third, when Perry crossed the goal line from one yard out.
The teams were fairly even in terms of first downs, with Olentangy holding a 21-20 edge by game’s end, but South had the best of the yardage battle, out-gaining the Braves 517-259. Olentangy had the better rushing night, holding a 185-140 advantage, but South amassed 377 passing yards compared to the Braves’ 77.
Horstman completed five of his nine passes for 60 yards to go with his touchdown while Perry covered 84 yards in 17 rushing attempts in the setback.
Olentangy’s main problem was slowing down the passing duo of Ball and Renzetti. Ball finished by completing 11 of his 14 passes with 215 yards and a touchdown while Renzetti, who connected on six of his 12 passes, had 162 yards and two TDs.