Westerville North High School coach Mike Owens learned from his first year on the job. After the Warriors finished 0-10 last season, Owens pointed to offensive struggles as a big reason why. North utilized a four-receiver spread offense and the results were not positive.

Westerville North High School coach Mike Owens learned from his first year on the job. After the Warriors finished 0-10 last season, Owens pointed to offensive struggles as a big reason why.
North utilized a four-receiver spread offense and the results were not positive.

"Typically wed lost 20 to 30 yards just on snaps over the quarterbacks head," said Owens, whose offense averaged 9.7 points per game last season. "We werent very consistent with that. We turned the ball over way too much. I wanted to get something were a little more comfortable with."

Owens ditched the spread offense and went to a triple-option attack, led by quarterback Kalen King. The goal is to keep the Warriors defense off the field and improve the ball security on offense by getting the ball into the hands of Norths athletic playmakers.

It is also the same offense Norths opening opponent on Friday, Worthington Kilbourne, has used since the programs inception in 1991.

"We have a good idea what we need to do to try and stop it," Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti said. "A lot of people ask us how, every time we play (Hilliard) Davidson its always close. Thats because they run the triple option and we both know each others offenses so well."

Trombetti was impressed with Kings abilities after watching film of Norths preseason scrimmages. His concern is heightened after the Wolves defensive performance in their own preseason scrimmages.

"We have not done a good job stopping people," Trombetti said. "Even against team like North, if we dont do a good job they can get people behind us. Theyre the kind of team, you might stop them, stop them, stop them, but theyre capable of popping a big play at any time."

While Kilbourne has struggled on defense, offensively the Wolves are clicking behind new senior quarterback Brandon Randolph (5-foot-10, 180 pounds). Entering the preseason, Randolph faced competition with Dan Eurich. In the end, Trombetti kept Eurich at running back and placed Randolph behind center.

"They battled it out all summer and right now Brandon is reading it a little better," Trombetti said. "The other thing is Danny is our fastest running back. Dan gives us more speed in the backfield and Brandon is very solid in reading his options."

Norths scheme changes did not end on offense. The Warriors also changed its defensive scheme from a 3-5 to a 4-3. This unit will receive a first-hand lesson in defending the triple-option.

"If we could have picked a worse opponent to have to play Week One besides Kilbourne, we would have picked Davidson," Owens said. "Those are two of the better programs in the area. At the same time its nice we have familiarity with (the triple option) defensively. We have to get off the ball and be physical on Friday."