After heavy rainfall and lightning suspended play for more than 30 minutes, the Worthington Kilbourne High School football team rushed its way to victory over visiting Grove City 22-7 on Friday.

A 60-yard touchdown run by Kilbourne quarterback Aaron Kingcade with 1:20 left in the third quarter gave the Wolves a 16-7 lead and all but ended a shot at victory for Grove City.

Kingcade was quick to credit his offensive line with the success of the running game.

"It all starts up front," he said. "I'm so proud of our offense and we really picked it up in the second half and started beating Grove City down."

Both teams put a heavy emphasis on the ground game, especially with the wet field conditions.

"We wanted to make sure we ran the ball against these guys. They had some big guys and we knew it was humid," Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti said. "We wanted to try to wear them down and the best way to do that was to run the option and keep the ball on the ground."

Grove City got the scoring started early when running back Cody Funk ran 54 yards for a touchdown on the third play from scrimmage, giving the Dawgs a 7-0 lead. It served as the only advantage for Grove City.

On the ensuing possession, Kilbourne capped a 12-play drive with a 32-yard field goal by Kingcade. A 33-yard pass from Kingcade to Ryan Richardson set up the field goal.

As both teams struggled to develop success through the air, Kilbourne went back to the ground two drives later. A 31-yard run by Mike Johnson highlighted a nine-play, 68-yard drive that resulted in a 2-yard touchdown pass from Kingcade to Richardson.

Kilbourne running back Sheldon Tillman closed the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.

After accumulating only 96 total yards of offense and four first downs in its opener, the Grove City offense could not find its rhythm. First-year coach Matt Jordan admitted the Dawgs have a long way to go, yet he sees improvement.

"It's a young football team that's trying to get better and working hard to get better," he said. "We're making young mistakes and that's what is holding us back.

"We've got to find a little extra bit inside of us to get us over that edge. You're taking a team that last year in situations laid down in the second half and didn't play four quarters of football. We've got to have a little extra fight, especially when (the score) is 9-7."