Liberty, Orange, Olentangy share OCC crown


By Ben Stroup - bstroup@aimmediamidwest.com



Mitchell Okuley threw for 110 yards and a couple touchdowns while Aidan Kenley had 51 yards on the ground and a pair of TDs of his own to lead the Olentangy Liberty football team to a lopsided 42-0 win over host Westerville North Friday night.

The win locked up a share of the OCC-Buckeye Division crown and a spot in next week’s state playoffs.

The game was never really in doubt as Liberty (6-4, 4-1) raced out to a 35-0 lead by halftime. Okuley had the two touchdown passes, both to Chase Miley, and a three-yard TD run to highlight the first-half outburst.

Ryan Ritter scored from 15 yards out to make it a 42-0 game and cap the scoring summary with 8:46 left in the third quarter.

Rondale Smith provided the lone bright spot for the Warriors (3-7, 0-5), finishing with 119 yards on 24 carries.

Olentangy Orange 17, Westerville South 0

The Pioneers clinched a share of the OCC-Buckeye Division title and a playoff spot thanks to Friday’s league win over the visiting Wildcats.

Orange’s (7-3, 4-1) defense limited South (3-7, 1-4) to just 168 yards of total offense while the offense racked up 232 of its own, with 217 of those coming on the ground.

Aidan Hill broke the scoring seal with a 27-yard field goal early in the second quarter. Orange quarterback Robbie Dayhuff scored on a one-yard keeper to make it a 10-0 game just before halftime and Jake Vanchieri, who finished with 135 yards on 35 carries, scored from 31 yards out to seal the deal with 2:12 left in the fourth.

Olentangy 42, Westerville Central 21

Justin Carter gave the Warhawks (5-5, 2-3) an early 7-0 lead with a 38-yard run in the first, but the Braves scored 21 points of their own before the quarter came to a close en route to a win in Friday’s regular-season final in Westerville.

With the win, Olentangy (5-5, 4-1) clinched a share of the OCC-Buckeye title with sister schools Orange and Liberty.

Ian Drummond and Jace Middleton had TD grabs of 23 and 13 yards, respectively, while Zach Shiblaq — who collected 250 yards on 40 carries — scored on a one-yard run to make it a 21-7 game.

The Braves rolled from there, finishing with 537 yards of total offense.

Canal Winchester 27, Big Walnut 7

Andy Van Houten plowed into the end zone from a yard out with 1:09 left in the game to account for the Golden Eagles’ lone touchdown in Friday’s regular-season finale against the host Indians.

Caleb Meade made good on the ensuing extra point to smooth out the scoring summary, which featured 27-unanswered points from OCC-Capital Division champion Canal (9-1, 5-0) to start the game.

Darren Davis powered the Indian offense, finishing with three touchdown runs in the win. Tyler Toledo had a good game as well, collecting 114 yards on 13 carries.

Tyler Crotinger led BW (3-7, 2-3) on the ground, finishing with 51 of the team’s 107 rushing yards.

Thomas Worthington 27, Olentangy Berlin 24

Jacob Moeller threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns, including a 26-yard strike to Jalen Weitzel to pull his team to within three with 9:10 left in the game, but neither team scored again as the host Cardinals held on for a season-ending win Friday night.

Thomas (3-7, 2-5) grabbed its biggest lead, 27-16, when James Gaiters hit Habib Bundo for a 45-yard TD with 55 seconds left in the third.

Weitzel finished with seven grabs for 169 yards and three TDs for the Bears (1-9, 0-7), who wrapped up their first season in program history with the loss.

Also: Galion 14, Buckeye Valley 7

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By Ben Stroup

bstroup@aimmediamidwest.com