On a night when the senior class of the Thomas Worthington High School football team was honored, many of those players came up big in a 40-13 victory over Central Crossing on Friday, Oct. 21.
Touchdowns by seniors Nana Kyeremeh, Eric Monfort and Chris Borders along with a pair of field goals from Will Shary helped propel the Cardinals, who improved to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the OCC-Central Division.
“It’s great seeing these guys go out (at home) with a victory like this,” Thomas coach Scott Gordon said. “It’s really a special group of seniors. They’ve been so close for four years and they’re a very talented group. We’ve had some tough losses this year.”
The Cardinals took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on field goals of 32 and 34 yards by Shary, but Central Crossing — which fell to 0-9 overall and 0-6 in the OCC — tied the score on a 4-yard run by Tory Clark. The touchdown was set up when Isaac Guitierrez recovered a fumble on the Thomas 18-yard line. Clark led the Comets in rushing with 84 yards.
After another fumble recovery by Central Crossing’s Michael Huffman at the Thomas 47-yard line, Kyeremeh intercepted a pass by Comets quarterback Dylan Simpson on the next play and returned it 60 yards for a score to put the Cardinals ahead 12-6.
“I knew the quarterback was going to throw it,“ Kyeremeh said. “I was baiting the quarterback a little bit and jumped it and then just ran hard.”
“This game is a game of momentum, and that really changed everything,” Gordon added. “Just a big play by a big playmaker. It really made the difference in the whole tempo of the game.”
Central Crossing coach Chris Harr said his team made too many errors.
“There are kind of two styles. You can be conservative or you can be aggressive. When you’re aggressive you’ve got to make plays. You can’t give them points. I think we gave them 20 points on mistakes we made.”
Late in the first half, Shary attempted a 62-yard field goal that was short, but a roughing-the-kicker penalty gave Thomas a first down.
Five plays later, Monfort scored from 2 yards out for a 19-6 lead with 8 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
“Will Shary has a big leg,” Gordon said. “Best-case scenario, he kicks it in. State record and three points. The other scenario is he misses it, it goes in the end zone and they get the ball at the 20. We thought that was a pretty good gamble to do that at that point.”
CENTRAL CROSSING 0 6 7 0 -- 13
THOMAS WORTHINGTON 6 13 7 14 -- 40
TW--Shary 32 FG
TW--Shary 34 FG
CC--Clark 1 run (kick blocked)
TW--Kyeremeh 60 interception return (kick failed)
TW--Monfort 2 run (Shary kick)
TW--Borders 6 run (Shary kick)
CC--Jones 1 run (Bostard kick)
TW--Monfort 3 run (Shary kick)
TW--Harvard 36 run (Shary kick)