Though his team has been impressive in opening 6-0, Hilliard Davidson High School football coach Brian White realizes its pursuit of the OCC-Central Division title will get into high gear Friday when Worthington Kilbourne visits.

It will be final regular-season game at Davidson, as its scheduled home game with Hilliard Darby on Oct. 24 has been moved to Crew Stadium.

The Wildcats are 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the league after beating Central Crossing 38-0 last Friday. Kilbourne is 5-1 and 2-1 after beating Westland 45-17 last Friday.

Davidson, Dublin Coffman (6-0 overall) and Upper Arlington (5-1) are tied for the top spot in the league. But Davidson's three league wins were over Westland (58-0 on Sept. 12, Thomas Worthington (35-7 on Sept. 19) and Central Crossing, and those teams are a combined 1-17 overall.

Davidson has games remaining against Kilbourne, Coffman, Upper Arlington and Darby, and those teams are a combined 20-4.

"Our kids are going to understand the importance of this game," Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti said. "You're talking about facing one of the big dogs in our division. It's not going to take a whole lot just for them to get fired up for a game like this."

"We know that we have played some good teams, maybe one great team in Brookhaven, but we know that we have the next month of the season, four more great teams that we have to play," White said.
Davidson and Kilbourne use similar triple-option offenses.

"You're going to have the night of the triple-option teams facing each other," Trombetti said.

"Obviously, they run the option like we do, and we feel that in high school the option is sometimes an equalizer between maybe great talent and a little bit lesser talent, but they don't have lesser talent," White said. "They're running the option with great talent."

The Wildcats, who are averaging 34.2 points a game, will look to solve Kilbourne's aggressive 6-1 base defense. That unit is allowing 17.3 points a game.

Running back Spencer Delande, who has rushed for 456 yards and six touchdowns, leads Davidson's run-first offense. Running back Ryan Meadows has added 376 yards and two touchdowns, and Rico Butler has 338 yards and five scores.

Quarterback Jake Trubiano has rushed for 319 yards and eight touchdowns.

"I'm impressed with their speed overall," Trombetti said. "They really attack offensively, defensively, special teams. Their kids really come off the ball. We're going to have to be ready to try to stave off those attacks because they really get after it."

Kilbourne quarterback Aaron Kingcade leads an offense that is averaging 28.7 points a game. He has rushed for a team-leading 356 yards and seven touchdowns, and completed 39 of 69 passes for 545 yards and six touchdowns.

Fullback Mike Johnson has rushed for 287 yards and five touchdowns.

"They have a quarterback who is extremely poised, makes great decisions," White said. "He's a great athlete. They're extremely big up front on both the offensive line and defensive front. They're one of the premier teams in central Ohio and have been for a while and have a lot of tradition. We know it's going to be an extremely difficult task for us."

"They are tough," Davidson senior defensive back Nick VanDyne said of Kilbourne. "A lot of people say they are like us. They run the ball, they have a good defense and they're hard nosed like us. It should be a pretty good game, pretty physical."

Davidson's 5-0 base defense is allowing 4.7 points game with four shutouts. White said his team will need a similar effort against Kilbourne if it plans on remaining perfect.

"Our defense has been playing very well," White said. "I was very pleased with our special teams (last Friday). Our punt return was able to get a couple blocked punts and set up one touchdown and score a touchdown. Tyler Backstrom had an interception return for a touchdown.

"It's part of the philosophy here at Davidson. We're going to try not to do anything offensively to beat ourselves and rely on our defense to put us in good field position to win games and see if our offense can take advantage of the field position that our defense gives us. Through attrition hopefully wear our opponents down and eventually rely on them to make a mistake in their option responsibilities."