Week 5 Preview
Thomas Worthington at Westland
Cardinals (2-2, 0-1) <> Cougars (1-3, 0-1)
Thomas has been alternating wins and losses and will be looking to move above .500 for the third time this season when it travels to play Westland on Friday, Sept. 27, in an OCC-Central contest.
The Cardinals dropped to 2-2 overall with a 45-7 loss to Upper Arlington on Sept. 20 in their league opener.
"We made a lot of mistakes that really cost us and you can't be competitive with a team like Upper Arlington when you make that many errors," coach Scott Gordon said. "Worse than the mistakes, I wasn't happy with (the players') effort."
UA scored on its first three possessions, holding a 17-0 lead after the first quarter and extending its advantage to 31-0 by halftime.
"We opened the game with the ball and completed a pass for a first down but fumbled it away," Gordon said.
"We held them to a (33-yard) field goal and it was like a win for us. We dropped a pass that would've given us a first down in our second possession and we had a misalignment on defense and they threw for a (44-yard) touchdown on us, so we more or less spotted them 10 points.
"We kept shooting ourselves in the foot. They returned a deflected pass for a touchdown to make it 24-0. We suffered by not catching passes. We had defensive breakdowns. We had very little go right."
Running back Tony Harvard led the Cardinals' offense, rushing for 113 yards on 21 carries, including a 23-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to close the game's scoring.
"Tony continues to run hard and he probably had 60 yards in gains nullified by penalties as well," Gordon said. "I thought James Peters did a great job at center against (UA nose guard) Noah Spielman, who is a Division I prospect.
"Also, Ben Frazier is really booming some punts to help with field position. He's a great weapon as punter and kicker."
Westland fell to 1-3 overall with a 64-6 loss to Marysville in its league opener Sept. 21.
The Cougars have been outscored 142-41, with their lone win coming against Columbus East, 28-12 on Sept. 13.
"They're a young club and they're having a rough time," Gordon said. "They lost a bunch of players to graduation and transfers. We want to go out there, correct our mistakes and play hard and play to our ability. We've got to execute better."