The celebration erupted on Aug. 30 as the Warriors snapped a 45 game losing streak. The football team won comfortably against Franklin Heights, 48-21, seizing their first victory since 2008.
“It’s really breathtaking to see the progress of this team throughout my four years of cheering them on,” senior cheerleader Anna Maconachy said. “They never gave up and it’s finally paid off.”
The season opener consisted of high intensity, physical play, and plenty of school spirit. Franklin Heights traveled to Jim McCann Stadium fresh off a 2-8 season under former Westerville North head coach, Mike Owens.
North came out of the locker room ready to play as the score was 35-7 at the half.
“Everyone is focused. It’s the calm before the storm. Everybody knows the guy sitting behind him has their back,” senior captain Andy Struttmann said.
The second half was controlled by North as Struttmann rushed for 52 yards and three touchdowns including a scoop and score on defense. The Warrior defense held Franklin Heights to only 119 yards rushing.
The following week resulted in another Warrior victory as they overtook Newark 42-35. The team was lead by Senior John Taylor who rushed for 143 yards and four touchdowns.
These first two wins marked the first time North has gone 2-0 since 2004. Not only does this mean the world to this year’s team but the start to this season is what the whole program needed.
“There’s a huge improvement from last year to this year largely due to our coaching staff. Coach Elander and his staff have really motivated our group of kids to work hard in the offseason,” said Athletic Director Vicky Saunders. “The OCC is a premier league, but if we stay healthy we will be very competitive.”
Recently, the Warriors have fallen short to tough completion. They have lost a few key players due to injury and haven’t been able to get a win since the second week.
After beating Canal-Winchester, 30-28, the Warriors fell short to their cross-town rival, Westerville South, 48-19.
The Warriors finished their season 3-7, better than they have finished in four years.
According to the Westerville North Football Facebook page, Senior Jared Sroufe said, ”I was upset, but I know that I and the other Seniors left the program better than it was, so I am good with that.”