The Worthington Kilbourne and Olentangy high school football teams are looking to have bounce-back seasons, and their respective coaches know that winning the opener can go a long way toward accomplishing that.

The Worthington Kilbourne and Olentangy high school football teams are looking to have bounce-back seasons, and their respective coaches know that winning the opener can go a long way toward accomplishing that.

Olentangy plays host to Kilbourne on Friday, Aug. 24, in what will be the teams' first meeting since 2007.

"We need to re-establish our winning ways at Kilbourne," Wolves coach Vince Trombetti said.

Last season, Kilbourne finished 3-7 and Olentangy went 5-5.

"I would imagine the two of us are in the same situation, where this is a very early game to determine what kind of season we may have," Braves coach Ed Terwilliger said.

Junior Keaton Reinhart (6-foot, 147 pounds) will be making his first varsity start at quarterback for Kilbourne. The Wolves' running game will be led by senior Isaac Lumpkin (5-7, 165), who rushed for 569 yards and seven touchdowns on 127 carries last season.

Senior linebacker Ryan Maloney (5-10, 180), junior cornerback Chandler Bridges (5-9, 143), senior safety Matt Wylly (6-0, 177) and junior lineman D.J. Freer (6-3, 210) are among the Wolves' leaders on defense.

"They're fundamentally sound and well-coached," Terwilliger said of Kilbourne. "They looked good on film. They had a great scrimmage against Grove City (this preseason). They look good."

The Braves traditionally have been a run-heavy team, but Terwilliger wants his offense to be more balanced this season. Last year, senior quarterback Andrew Horstman (6-4, 208) was 20-for-34 passing for 357 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 145 yards on 32 carries while missing five games with a shoulder injury.

Senior Ramal Iverson (6-1, 164) leads the Braves' running attack, having rushed for 186 yards and one touchdown on 42 carries last year in a lesser role.

Among those expected to lead the Braves' defense are senior Garret Binkley (6-0, 180) at linebacker and seniors Christian Brett (5-11, 180) and Buchi Okafor (6-1, 185) in the secondary.

"They're very good," Trombetti said of the Braves. "Not real fancy and they're good at what they do. A lot of it's going to come down to who executes the best and who makes the least mistakes."

"It's a toss-up game," Terwilliger said. "We'll go head to head and see what happens."