Football roundup: Big Walnut picks up 2nd straight win


By Ben Stroup - bstroup@delgazette.com



Tyler Ronk hit Eli Myers for a 43-yard touchdown pass with 1:21 to play, lifting the Big Walnut football team to a 21-14 OCC win over visiting Franklin Heights Friday in Sunbury.

Big Walnut (2-5, 2-0 OCC) set the tone with a dominate 93-yard touchdown drive capped by an eight-yard TD run from Tyler Shuster with 4:04 left in the first quarter.

The Eagles added to their edge when Myers powered in from three yards out with 5:31 to play in the half.

Franklin Heights (3-4, 1-1 OCC) bounced back, getting back to even with a pair of touchdown runs from quarterback Cody Little — the first from a yard out late in the first half and the second from the doorstep with 2:34 to play in the third — but Ronk, Myers and the BW offense handled things from there.

Olentangy Liberty 34, Westerville South 14

The Wildcats led 7-0 after one, but the Patriots dominated the second and third quarters on the way to a lopsided league win Friday in Powell.

Liberty (5-2, 2-0 OCC) quarterback Mitchell Okuley hit Ben Roderick from two yards out and, after missing the PAT, it was a 7-6 game with 11:58 left in the second quarter.

Westerville South (3-4, 0-2 OCC) regained control when Malik Powell returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards to the house, but Okuley threw his second touchdown pass of the game, this time an eight-yard strike to Jake Sincek two minutes later to make it 14-12.

Mitchell Kershner hit a 29-yard field goal to give Liberty a lead it never relinquished with 6:47 left in the first half.

The Patriots added to their lead with a 10-yard TD run from Matt Webb with 4:42 left in the half. Webb had an eight yard touchdown run at the 5:19 mark of the third and Aiden Kenley smoothed out the scoring summary with a one-yard TD run in the final minute of the quarter.

Okuley completed 10 of his 17 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 141 yards on 13 carries. Webb also had a big game, closing with 124 yards on the ground.

Pleasant 42, Buckeye Valley 17

Pleasant (6-0, 4-0 MOAC) took advantage of five Buckeye Valley turnovers and rolled to a 42-17 win Friday.

Matt Chase led the Spartans with 140 yards rushing and a touchdown. He scored on the game’s first play, a 75-yard sprint. Chase also returned a interception 80 yards for a touchdown at the 3:21 mark of the fourth period.

Patrick Blubaugh enjoyed a big night for Pleasant, rushing for 116 yards and two scores on runs of 11 yards and 66 yards, respectively. He also took an interception back 25 yards for a touchdown with 2:58 left in the game.

Titus Douglas rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown for the Spartans.

BV’s Grant Owens completed 17-of-32 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted four times by the Spartans. Owens connected with Joey Verdes for a 32-yard scoring pass and found Tanner Hogg for 21 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Barons running back Trent Davies was held in check, rushing for 31 yards.

BV (4-3, 2-2 MOAC) led 17-15 at halftime, but committed all five turnovers in the second half as Pleasant rallied for the win.

Dublin Jerome 34, Hayes 13

Blake Eiland accounted for a pair of touchdowns, one through the air and another on the ground, but it wasn’t enough as the host Celtics picked up a league win over the Pacers Friday in Dublin.

Eiland’s first TD, a two-yard run, got Hayes on the board with 44 seconds left in the first half.

The Pacers (2-5, 0-3 OCC) trailed 27-7 at the break.

The Hayes defense held Jerome (5-2, 0-4 OCC) in check in the third quarter and Eiland found Isaiah Moore from five yards out to make it a 27-13 game with 46 seconds to go in the quarter, but the Pacers couldn’t complete the comeback.

By Ben Stroup

bstroup@delgazette.com