Thomas Worthington is looking to bounce back from a loss in its opener and Whetstone may be just what the Cardinals need.

Thomas Worthington is looking to bounce back from a loss in its opener and Whetstone may be just what the Cardinals need.

The teams will play Friday, Sept. 2, at Whetstone.

Last year, in the midst of finishing 3-7 for their 11th consecutive losing season, the Cardinals beat the Braves 28-6 in Week 2 after opening with a 24-0 loss to Jonathan Alder.

On Aug. 26, Thomas opened with a 37-0 loss to Jonathan Alder.

The Cardinals are the second consecutive opponent from the OCC for Whetstone, which is looking to bounce back from a 4-6 finish a year ago. The Braves lost to Hilliard Darby 41-12 in their opener Aug. 26.

"It's a good challenge (facing OCC teams)," Braves senior fullback and punter Kyle Radabaugh said. "It gets us ready and gets our heads right for the whole season. We might get knocked around, but we'll get right back up. We had that loss (to Thomas Worthington last season), but we put it behind us. We're just a family and we try to pick each other up."

The Cardinals' plan defensively this season centers on taking advantage of their quickness. Senior Nana Kyeremeh, who has several Division I scholarship offers, is leading their defense from his safety position.

Whetstone will contend with what should be a quick Cardinals defense with a sophomore quarterback in Rammy Finnegan, who began to be groomed at the position late last season. In addition to Radabaugh in the backfield, senior Jevon Henry is back at wide receiver for a Whetstone offense that averaged more than 27 points but gave up 24.4 a year ago.