Westerville South will ride defense; tough start awaits

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Westerville South Wildcats

Coach Rocky Pentello has three starters back on offense and nine
returning on defense. The Wildcats have a tough early schedule with
games against Hilliard Davidson at Ohio Stadium in the Herbstreit
Series as well as against Columbus Watterson and Clayton Northmont. Said Pentello: “We better get off to a good start.”


Westerville South (5-5)

* Players to Watch – QB John Jennings (6-0, 175, Sr.), WR Jack Tomlinson (5-9, 175, Sr.), WR Ryan Barber (6-0, 185, Sr.), LB Jamar Williams (6-0, 225, Sr.), LB Murtada Jabbie (6-2, 215, Sr.).

* Outlook – Coach Rocky Pentello has three starters back on offense and nine returning on defense. The Wildcats have a tough early schedule with games against Hilliard Davidson at Ohio Stadium in the Herbstreit Series as well as against Columbus Watterson and Clayton Northmont.

“We better get off to a good start,” Pentello said. “I think we’ve got some potential coming back. But it’s what the kids do with that potential.”

Jennings has limited experience at quarterback.

“He only played quarterback for two games after our starter broke his leg,” Pentello said. “But we think he runs well. If we want to run the quarterback on the option, we think he can do that. He can also throw it pretty good.”

The opener against perennial power Hilliard Davidson could be critical.

“Davidson has 15 starters back and they should be pretty good,” Pentello said. “Then, we also play Watterson and Northmont from down in the Dayton area. Watterson is going to be loaded and Northmont usually has a very good team as well. It is a tough schedule.”

Schedule

Aug. 29, vs. Hilliard Davidson, 3:30 p.m. (Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Series at Ohio Stadium)
Sept. 4, at Columbus Watterson
Sept. 11, Clayton Northmont
Sept. 18, at Westerville Central
Sept. 25, Dublin Scioto
Oct. 2, Dublin Jerome
Oct. 9, at Marysville
Oct. 16, Westerville North
Oct. 23, Lewis Center Olentangy
Oct. 30, at Powell Olentangy Liberty

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