Westerville North football team starts season hot

Donovan Varney, Sports Editor

WNHS beat Franklin Heights 17-0 in the home opener.

Warriors football has had its struggles over the past three seasons, having only won six games within those three. The ‘20-’21 year for Warriors football has started off much differently as they began the season hot against Franklin Heights with a 17-0 victory at home. 

   Leading the Warriors were seniors Coby Darlington and Sylvester Bockarie with a touchdown each, and Hunter Weigand contributing with a field goal.

   The Warriors victory was their first conference win since 2014, a big turning-point for the program as they entered the season in the new OCC division. The victory being at home gave the Warriors their first chance to ring the victory bell after the game. 

  TJ Lomax is in his senior year and is a veteran linebacker for the team, 

   “ [It] felt great, especially with the crazy off season we had. It felt like a lot of hard work was finally paying off,” Lomax said on ringing the victory bell for his first time at North.

   The following week, the Warriors kept their foot on the gas with another big win against Delaware Hayes.

   Junior Wyatt Buxton is a quarterback for the team, and he largely contributes the team’s success thus far to the players. 

“[We have] a strong bond and [are] simply working well together,” Buxton said.

   It’s clear something is clicking out there for the Warriors this season as they are also fueled by a lot of senior leadership.

   The Warriors are in the new OCC Capital Division for their contests this season. 

Being in his third season as head coach at Westerville North, Bryan Johnson is largely aware of  the toughness of the old football schedule.

 “The schedule has been brutal the past two years. When programs win it just feels better,” Johnson said.

   Things are certainly feeling good for the Warriors right now as they hope to compete and stay hot this season.