The Worthington Kilbourne High School football team finally found its big-play potential at the right time.
A few minutes into the second quarter of the Wolves’ 42-7 win over host Delaware in the OCC-Capital Division opener on Sept. 20, Kilbourne led 21-0 before a lengthy lightning delay.
“We wanted to come out and kick them in the mouth early because we knew the rain was coming,” said Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti, whose team improved to 3-1 in its first game as a member of the OCC-Capital. “As a matter of fact, if we win the coin toss we normally defer to the second half, but we wanted the ball first tonight.
“As it turned out (Delaware) won the toss and deferred, so we got the ball and took care of business.”
The Wolves had been a grind-it-out offense without much explosiveness through non-league play. That changed against Delaware, which fell to 2-2.
“We had some big plays early and jumped up quick, and that was exactly what we wanted to do,” Trombetti said. “We’ve fumbled too much and we wanted to be sharp early and score before the ball got difficult to handle.”
Kilbourne scored twice on long, quick drives to start the game, then got an 85-yard punt return from Seth Hill to build its 21-0 advantage with 11 minutes, 40 seconds left in the second quarter.
The Wolves went 80 yards on five plays in 1:52 for their first touchdown, as Justin Stoner’s 54-yard run on the second play from scrimmage led to Isaiah Young’s 5-yard scoring run.
Starting from their own 8 after stopping Delaware on its first possession, Kilbourne then went 92 yards on nine plays in 3:23 to make it 14-0. Young had runs of 27 and 11 yards before scoring from 12 yards out. Seth Hill also added a 19-yard run during the drive.
Hill followed that up with his school-record punt return for a 21-0 lead. It was Kilbourne’s first punt return for a touchdown in 16 years and broke the mark of 60 yards set by Ryan Sprague against Whitehall in 1997.
“That was a big play and a nice return,” Trombetti said. “We had it set up very well.”
WK – Young 5 run (Chesser kick)
WK – Young 12 run (Chesser kick)
WK – Hill 85 run (Chesser kick)
WK – Dahn 7 run (Chesser kick)
WK – Dahn 17 run (Chesser kick)
D – Ulmer 97 fumble return (Sanfillipo kick)
WK – Coddington 4 run (Chesser kick)