With one of the lowest enrollments in the OCC, Worthington Kilbourne High School has bounced between divisions in recent years.
As long as they’re in the OCC-Capital Division, the Wolves plan on ruling the roost.
Senior defensive back Chandler Bridges caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception for another score as the Wolves allowed only 158 total yards in dismantling Olentangy 33-0 on Oct. 18.
Kilbourne improved to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the league, setting up a first-place showdown Friday, Oct. 25, at New Albany, which moved to 8-0 and 5-0 with a 13-10 victory over winless Big Walnut on Oct. 18.
“As much as it’s been a pain at times moving from the OCC-Central to the (OCC-) Cardinal and now here, because of that we’ve seen about every offense you can face,” Wolves coach Vince Trombetti said. “We’ve seen a ton of spread offenses and we felt like we had a pretty good game plan. We didn’t give up the big play.”
But the Wolves made a few. They ran 75 plays to Olentangy’s 53, churning out three drives of at least 10 plays. Olentangy crossed midfield twice -- once to Kilbourne’s 47 on the sixth play of the game and again late in the first half. On second drive, the Braves had a first-and-10 at the Wolves’ 33-yard line when Bridges intercepted sophomore quarterback Deeb Haber, who had been flushed from the pocket and was scrambling behind the line of scrimmage. Bridges’ 62-yard return gave the Wolves a 23-0 lead.
“Our linebacker was there, I knew he wasn’t going very deep and I had a break on the ball,” said Bridges, who also caught a 6-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter to open the scoring. “It was just a reaction, and I took it to the house. It was a huge momentum swift.”
Olentangy’s second consecutive loss after a 6-0 start might have dashed its postseason hopes. The Braves, who fell to 3-2 in the OCC-Capital, entered the game 12th in Division II, Region 5. The top eight teams make the playoffs.
Kilbourne junior Grant Chesser made field goals of 32 and 25 yards, junior running back Dominic Brown had a 3-yard scoring run and senior Justin Stoner added a 6-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to make it 30-0.
Sophomore Isaiah Brown had 66 rushing yards on four carries as Kilbourne amassed 205 of its 336 yards on the ground.
Haber was 14-for-33 passing for 133 yards. Senior receiver Victor Elmurr caught four passes for 60 yards for Olentangy, which plays host to Mount Vernon and visits Delaware to end the regular season.
WK—Bridges 6 pass from Dahn (Chesser kick)
WK—Chesser 32 FG
WK—Brown 3 run (Chesser kick)
WK—Bridges 62 interception return (kick failed)
WK—Stoner 6 run (Chesser kick)
WK—Chesser 25 FG