The Worthington Kilbourne High School football team rolled to a 34-0 win over host Westland in an OCC-Central Division game on Friday, Sept. 30.
The Wolves improved to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Central, while the Cougars fell to 1-5 and 0-3.
Kilbourne finished with 330 yards rushing on 52 carries. The wet and muddy conditions seemed to favor such a game plan, as the Wolves kept the ball on the ground and away from the Cougars while holding a time of possession advantage of 27 minutes 31 seconds to Westland's 20:29.
Led by senior running back Danny Shiblaq, the Wolves were able to build a 21-0 lead by halftime and play fundamental football to keep the ball away from the Westland offense. Shiblaq rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
Shiblaq scored on runs of 35 and 36 yards in the first quarter and sophomore quarterback Keaton Reinhart scored on a 6-yard run with 5:34 remaining in the second quarter to give the Wolves a 21-0 lead.
Senior quarterback Brian Miller threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Evan Nordengren in the fourth quarter to put the Wolves up 28-0. Junior quarterback Matt Poe closed the scoring with a 17-yard run with 4:33 left.
It was the type of team effort Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti was hoping for after a 56-21 loss to Upper Arlington on Sept. 23.
"The focus for us tonight was us,” Trombetti said. “We told the kids that we're not in any position to take anybody lightly. With the mistakes we made at UA last week, we had to focus on getting back to fundamentals this week, and I thought our kids did a pretty good job of that tonight."
Trombetti figured the rain and muddy field would level the playing field.
"I thought our kids handled the moisture pretty well and we did a pretty good job of holding onto the ball,” he said.
Westland junior quarterback Korey Browning was 4-for-10 for 25 yards and sophomore running back Nick Green rushed for 41 yards on nine carries.
"I believe we played a lot better, a lot more physical ... a lot more ‘assignment football,’” Westland coach Steve White said. “We did a little bit better job of that. We've just got to keep getting better and working on our fundamentals. With the conditions, we ran spread the entire game and with a wet ball, it's tough to throw. But they (Kilbourne) had the same conditions and they did all right."
WORTHINGTON KILBOURNE 14 7 0 13 -- 34
WESTLAND 0 0 0 0 -- 0
WK--Shiblaq 35 run (Watson kick)
WK--Shiblaq 36 run (Watson kick)
WK--Reinhart 6 run (Watson kick)
WK--Miller 52 pass to Nordengren (Watson kick)
WK--Poe 17 run (kick failed)