The 2010 season hasn't played out the way Ohio State
commitment Nick Vannett thought it would. After a strong off-season,
Westerville Central opened the year with four straight losses.
"We didn't expect that to happen," Vannett said. "We
came off two great wins on scrimmages and to lose four straight in the
beginning was rough, but we played three teams that are undefeated or lost
just one game."
Westerville Central's first four opponents
have a combined record of 22-2.
With Friday's 23-20 win over Marysville,
the Warhawks now have won back-to-back contests to improve to 2-4 on
Vannett's team isn't mathematically eliminated from reaching
the Ohio Division I playoffs, but the road to travel to the post-season
is now a lot longer. For Vannett, he's just happy to see his team
respond to the negative start.
"We just changed our attitude on the field," he said. "After
a mistake is made, we would pick each other up and celebrate when good
plays were made so we became more of a team."
As one of the senior
leaders, Vannett sets the example by working hard in practice and playing
hard in games.
"Talking doesn't really do anything because trying to encourage
my teammates didn't really work out so I just kept my mouth shut
and went into practice with the mindset of working hard every play and
becoming a better player," he said. "I noticed people starting
to follow my lead."
That hard work has started to pay off in wins.
Central's remaining opponents have a combined 13-11
record, leaving the door slightly ajar for the WarHawks to win out and
keep alive their post-season dreams.
In Friday's win over Marysville,
Vannett had two receptions for 65 yards and also flattened a couple
of Marysville defenders.
On his 45-yard reception, Vannett took advantage of
a hole in Marysville's
"They split me out in the slot and I ran a 12-yard and out and found
a hole in the coverage so I picked up like 30 yards after the catch," he
So far this season, Vannett has attended every Ohio State
game, with the exception of the Buckeyes' win over Ohio.
While on campus
he spends times with other OSU recruits.
Vannett said he's impressed by Ohio State's performance thus
far, but he'd like to see the tight ends more involved.
"I'm a little disappointed about Jake (Stoneburner) not getting
the ball as much as he should," he said. "I think that will
change later this season."
In a game featuring two future Buckeyes, Steve Miller and the Canton McKinley Bulldogs improved to 4-2 with an 8-6 victory over GlenOak
and standout running back Bri'onte Dunn.
McKinley's defense held Dunn, who already has rushed for over 1,000
yards this season, to just 108 yards on 28 carries, just 3.7 yards per attempt.
It's the second straight game the Bulldogs have shut Dunn down.
year in the playoffs, the Bulldogs held Dunn to just 71 rushing yards.
led this game 8-0 when GlenOak scored with just over two minutes left to
play. Again, the Bulldogs defense came up with a big play when they
snuffed out GlenOak's two-point conversion attempt to seal the victory.
Braxton Miller and his Huber Heights Wayne teammates suffered
another loss on Friday when they fell to Springfield, 28-21. The loss ended
Wayne's three-game winning streak.
Springfield led 21-0 before Miller
led the Warriors to three scores in three minutes to tie the game with just
over seven minutes left to play.
Wayne's special teams gave up a 92-yard
kickoff return for touchdown to put Springfield back on top, 28-21.
engineered a drive that could have tied the score but his last pass of the
game was intercepted in the end zone.
For the game, Miller completed just
9-of-30 passes for 156 yards and was intercepted three times. He rushed for
54 yards, which included two one-yard touchdowns,
but was sacked six times.