The battle of Worthington was decided up front, as the host Worthington Kilbourne High School football team dominated the line of scrimmage en route to a 44-7 victory over Thomas on Sept. 6.
The Wolves scored on four of their first five possessions, taking advantage of an interception by Luke Hackathorne and a fumble recovery by Dominic Brown for two of the touchdowns.
“They outplayed us in every facet and that’s what happens when you dominate the line of scrimmage like they did tonight,” Thomas coach Scott Gordon said. “We couldn’t get any running room for (running back Tony Harvard) and they brought all sorts of heat on us when we had to throw the football.
“We also turned the ball over three times tonight and they didn’t put the ball on the ground six or eight times like they did last week.”
Kilbourne rebounded from a 22-21 last-minute loss to Dublin Scioto in the Battle of Hard Road in its opener to improve to 1-1, while Thomas fell to 1-1 after an impressive victory over Jonathan Alder in week one.
“We heard them talking smack all week and we concentrated and wanted to take it out on them tonight,” said Kilbourne defensive lineman Mason Rigio, who had 3.5 of his team’s eight sacks. “This is an important win for us after a tough loss last week and we’ve got two rivalry games out of the way now.”
Kilbourne’s Justin Stoner rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns, but it took 28 carries, the last of which covered 24 yards for the game’s final score.
“I don’t get frustrated by not making big plays, as long as we’re moving the chains and producing on offense,” Stoner said. “I think our offensive line really wore them down and it showed in the second half. My linemen did a great job sticking with it.”
Kilbourne quarterback Griffin Dahn rushed for 80 yards and threw for 73 on 7-for-18 passing, including a 25-yard scoring strike to Joe Davis.
“That’s the beauty of this offense,” Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti said. “You don’t have to break a bunch of big plays. All it takes is 4 yards a crack. Sooner or later, we’re going to break a big run or catch the defense cheating and make a big pass play.”
The Cardinals scored on a 29-yard pass from quarterback Danny Gordon to Jalen Wells to cut the score to 10-7 in the first quarter. Gordon was 10-for-24 passing for 164 yards and two interceptions. Harvard ran for 41 yards on 13 carries.
WK -- Stoner 2 run (Chesser kick)
WK -- Chesser 31 FG
TW -- Wells 29 pass from Gordon (Frazier kick)
WK -- Davis 25 pass from Dahn (Chesser kick)
WK -- Stoner 5 run (Chesser kick)
WK -- Hill 13 run (Chesser kick)
WK -- Wilson 2 run (kick failed)
WK -- Stoner 24 run (Chesser kick)