Worthington Kilbourne High School football coach Vince Trombetti has no clue as to what offense Grove City will run Friday when the teams meet at Kilbourne.

Worthington Kilbourne High School football coach Vince Trombetti has no clue as to what offense Grove City will run Friday when the teams meet at Kilbourne.

"We've seen three different offenses from Grove City in their two scrimmages and opening game," Trombetti said. "We've seen the traditional wing-T, we've seen an I-formation attack and a shotgun with a little pistol mixed in."

Matt Jordan doesn't know, either. After his first game as Grove City coach ended with a 27-0 loss to Dublin Scioto last Friday, the Dawgs are working to find an identity on offense.

It didn't help that starting fullback Brandon Sharron broke a leg midway through the first quarter last Friday. He is out for the rest of the season.

"We need to focus on what we're doing and get better as a team," Jordan said. "Getting confidence in our offense is something we haven't had."

A preseason quarterback battle between juniors Mike Mayars and Vinnie Williamson continues for the Dawgs. Jordan doesn't see the situation resolving itself anytime soon.

"Neither kid did anything that deserved being the starter over the other," he said. "We'll make a decision on who starts in practice this week."

Grove City totaled 96 yards and four first downs. The Dawgs gained seven yards in the first quarter and went three-and-out in their first seven possessions. They also committed three turnovers.

"The mistakes we made are all fixable," Jordan said. "They are the things we talked about and worked on. We just have to keep reinforcing what is the right thing to do in certain situations."

After watching the film, Trombetti noticed Grove City had its most success passing against Scioto. That has him concerned as Kilbourne did not defend well against the pass last Friday in a 35-25 win over Groveport. The Cruisers threw for 331 yards.

"A lot of that was overzealousness of the kids," Trombettisaid. "We're disappointed with our secondary play. You've got veteran kids back there making mistakes you would expect a first-year kid to do, not a third-year kid. We weren't reading our keys properly and mentally we did not play a good game in the secondary."

Groveport scored three touchdowns passing, including 43- and 77-yard scores as Cruisers quarterback Aaron McKenzie finished 14-for-18 for 331 yards and two touchdowns.

"They didn't pick apart (Kilbourne's) defense," Jordan said. "The receivers somehow got behind the secondary."

Kilbourne's defense did contain Grove City last season 28-0 as the Wolves returned five starters led by middle linebacker Dan Sprague (6-foot-3, 255 pounds), who verbally committed to Cincinnati.

Wolves quarterback Aaron Kingcade is in his third season on varsity, but last Friday the offense was led by Josh Burton's 150 yards rushing on 12 carries.

"He's a great, hard-working kid," Trombetti said. "It was a great confidence-booster. He missed last season with a knee injury. He did an awesome job running the ball."

Kilbourne's option offense will give Grove City a different look than Scioto, which featured Bradley McDougald. The Dawgs limited the Ohio State recruit to 41 yards on 15 carries.

"That 27-0 score was misleading," Trombetti said. "Grove City's defense is very good and they did a great job holding Scioto in check. With the size of some of their kids, we're going to need to be very good at executing the offense and getting yards on the ground."

Jordan was impressed by Kilbourne's athleticism in its backfield and at quarterback. In order to slow the Wolves' offense, the Dawgs must continue to be sound defensively, according to Jordan.

"Scioto's athletes can kill you if you're not disciplined," Jordan said. "We did a great job containing Scioto's athletes and we have to continue to play assignment football and be sound against Kilbourne."