Braves sail past Wildcats in season opener


Staff Report

Olentangy opened what many believe will be one heck of a season with a dominate performance on the road, cruising past host Westerville South 41-17 Friday night.

Jimmy Elmurr made it 38-7 with a pick-six from 60 yards out and Jacob Bell hammered home his second field goal of the game to make it a running clock … something the Braves did on more than several occasions during their march to a Division II state semifinal game last fall.

Bell hit a long field goal just before halftime, too, connecting from 46 yards out to make it a 24-7 game at the break.

Olentangy was next to unstoppable in the early going, covering 61 yards in nine plays on its first possession of the season — a drive capped by a 10-yard TD pass from quarterback Deeb Haber to Jake O’Donnell on a fourth-and-six play.

After the defensed forced a three-and-out, something it did fairly frequently, the offense put more points on the board in a hurry. Haber found Sam Durst for a 28-yard TD with 4:39 left in the first quarter, capping a six-play, 78-yard drive.

South’s Jaelen Gill put the Wildcats on the board with an 80-yard TD run early in the second, but the Braves answered with another long drive, this time a 60-yarder punctuated by a one-yard touchdown run from Cam Kennedy, to balloon the margin to 21-7.