Three consecutive possessions turned an interesting backyard football rivalry into a blowout at Thomas Worthington High School on Aug. 31.
All three possessions were in favor of Worthington Kilbourne, as the Wolves pulled away for a 37-3 non-league victory.
Trailing 6-3, the Cardinals drove 40 yards in 13 plays and began to control the line of scrimmage after a slow start. But the five-minute march was thwarted when Tony Harvard was stopped short on a fourth-and-5 run with 1:25 left before halftime.
“That was a huge defensive stop for us,” said Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti, whose team improved to 1-1. “We turned around and scored right away and then took the second-half kickoff and added another touchdown. We talked at halftime about the way were could wear them down.
“Our offensive line was great and we had two backs out there running hard who give us some speed and power.”
After taking over on downs, the Wolves went 79 yards in eight plays for the game’s first touchdown, as Chandler Bridges threw a 34-yard halfback pass to Alex Rayis with one second remaining. That gave the visitors a 13-3 lead at halftime.
The Wolves then went 74 yards in four plays to open the second half, with Isaac Lumpkin scoring on a 30-yard run after Bridges had started the drive with another 30-yard run. Bridges finished with 126 yards rushing on 18 carries in addition to his touchdown pass, and Lumpkin added 98 yards on 19 carries.
“I thought the line was outstanding and really allowed us to do what we do,” Bridges said. “Plus, Isaac not only ran hard, he was giving me some great blocks, too.”
“(Chandler) was a defensive player last year and has really stepped in and given us some punch,” Lumpkin said. “It’s a great feeling when you have the holes we had out there tonight.”
Thomas, which played a strong first half in its opener before losing, needs to get tougher, according to coach Scott Gordon.
“This is the second week in a row that we let a big play hurt us and affect the way we play,” said Gordon, whose team fell to 0-2. “We’ve got to overcome those things and learn to bounce back from them. We didn’t play well in any phase. We allowed big returns in the kick game and we had no field position in the second half because we couldn’t stop them and we couldn’t drive the ball out of our end.”
In the first half, Jonathan Watson kicked field goals of 26 and 41 yards for Kilbourne before Thomas’ Ben Frazier responded with a 29-yard field goal to set up the late touchdown.
Harvard ran for 92 yards on 24 carries to lead Thomas.
WK—Watson 26 FG
WK—Watson 41 FG
TW—Frazier 29 FG
WK—Rayis 34 pass from Bridges (Watson kick)
WK—Lumpkin 30 run (Watson kick)
WK—Lumpkin 1 run (Watson kick)
WK—Watson 36 FG
WK—Hartman 10 pass from Reinhart (Watson kick)