The Westerville North High School football team hoped to end its 25-game losing streak when it played host to Worthington Kilbourne on Friday, Aug. 26, but the Warriors will have to wait at least another week to break back into the victory column for the first time since 2008 after a 21-7 setback.
"We missed opportunities," North coach Mike Owens said. "We had guys wide open in the first half and just didn't capitalize on it. We needed to score, and the fact that we didn't score in the first half hurt us. "
The North offense suffered a blow when quarterback B.J. Campfield was shaken up on his team's second possession while running the ball up the middle. Although he would return later in the first quarter, he was not at full strength.
"When he went down it was devastating," Owens said. "He was not the same the rest of the night. We run the ball with him a lot and use his legs a lot, and to not have him was devastating."
Kilbourne opened the scoring on a 4-yard run by Isaac Lumpkin in the second quarter.
"We tried to bring a little bit more pressure, and when we were able to do that, that was our ticket to success," Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti said. "Once we got the running game going we felt pretty confident."
The Wolves' Cody Larocelle ended the first half with an interception to keep the lead at 7-0, and Kilbourne extended its lead to 21-0 on third-quarter scoring runs by Lumpkin (35 yards) and Brian Miller (67 yards).
"In the first quarter it was tough because they do a lot of different stuff on film, so we didn't know what to expect," Kilbourne senior running back Danny Shiblaq said. "But our line pulled through and we did what we had to do."
B.J. Campfield connected for a 20-yard touchdown pass with Norris Freeman to make the score 21-7, but neither team scored in the final quarter.
"We put up a struggle and came up on top," Shiblaq said.
KILBOURNE 0 7 14 0 -- 21
NORTH 0 0 7 0 -- 7
WK--Lumpkin 4 run (J. Watson kick)
WK--Lumpkin 35 run (J. Watson kick)
WK-- Miller 67 run (J. Watson kick)
WN--Freeman 20 pass from Campfield (K. Watson kick)