UNION MILLS | Whiting capitalized on four South Central turnovers Friday night and won 40-6 in a Greater South Shore Conference showdown.
After the Oilers (4-0, 2-0) scored on their opening drive, South Central fumbled the kickoff. Whiting scored on a three-play, 47-yard drive, punctuated by a Ethan Young 4-yard touchdown run, to take a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Young and Justin Jendreas each had two rushing scores for Whiting.
“The offensive line did a good job blocking," said Young, who rushed 14 times for 130 yards. "There were holes to run through, and they were on top of their blocks basically the whole game."
It was Young’s first game back getting his hand on the ball after tearing a thumb ligament three weeks ago.
“I felt more comfortable with the ball," Young said, "and I think this is the game where I’ve gotten the most carries."
Whiting had 230 yards on the ground, including 96 from Jendreas.
“Last week it was the pass, this week it was the run," Whiting coach Jeff Cain said. "(Quarterback) A.J. (Velez) threw well early in the game, and sometimes that will open the run a little bit.
“The guys ran hard; we just have to keep getting better. We’re not playing our best football right now, and hopefully we can keep getting better each week.”
The Oilers went into halftime with a 27-0 lead, which included Patrick Petruf's 39-yard interception return.
South Central (3-1, 1-1) was limited to one passing completion in the first half and only had 35 total passing yards.
“With our passing game, we missed some open receivers and had some drops," South Central coach Dan Klimczak said. "When that happens, you’re not going to do well."
South Central had 116 yards rushing, with more than half of that coming from brothers Alec and Kyle Sturdy.