Thomas Worthington High School linebacker Sam Adams has been consistently reminded of the result of last year's game against Worthington Kilbourne.

Thomas Worthington High School linebacker Sam Adams has been consistently reminded of the result of last year's game against Worthington Kilbourne.

In the teams' first meeting last season, the Wolves won 43-3.

"It's stuck with me how embarrassing it was," Adams said. "It was a slap in the face. We came into that game thinking it would be a fair game and they beat us. We heard it all offseason. It's stuck with me and we're ready to play."

Welcome to the "Wo-Town Showdown."

On Friday, Kilbourne takes its turn at being host to the game and coach Vince Trombetti expects a much closer contest.

"The fact they beat UA and we didn't has given them some confidence and rightfully so," Trombetti said. "It'll be a lot closer game. This game is a big deal. It's one game that is highlighted on your schedule. Some games are more important than others and this one is certainly more important than others we've played this year."

Thomas has won two consecutive games, with victories over Hilliard Darby (13-7 on Oct. 16) and Watkins Memorial (17-0 last Friday). The Cardinals opened 3-1 before three consecutive losses to Hilliard Davidson (62-0 on Sept. 25), Dublin Coffman (48-3 on Oct. 2) and New Albany (26-23 in double overtime on Oct. 9).

"It helps we haven't played Hilliard Davidson and Dublin Coffman, but we're playing pretty good the past couple of weeks," Thomas coach Scott Gordon said. "The guys still feel like there's something to play for and it was great to see our guys battle through incredible weather conditions and get the victory."

Although Thomas has scored 30 points combined in the last two games, Trombetti is concerned about Cardinals quarterback Sam Bohon, who threw a 44-yard touchdown pass last Friday.

"He throws the ball on rope," Trombetti said. "He's got a rocket arm and we need to figure out ways to get pressure on him. We have to try to hide some coverages or disguise some things to get some false reads and see if that'll work."

Thomas is averaging 17 points per game but has shown it is capable of scoring more than 30 points. Kilbourne's defense has allowed 59 points the last two weeks.

In a 24-21 win over Gahanna on Oct. 16, Lions running back Earl Cunningham rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns, and last Friday, Coffman quarterback Colton Caldwell threw four touchdown passes.

"Kilbourne's defense is always solid, but I think we match up pretty well," Gordon said. "There is plenty of opportunity for us out there to be successful. They play their assignments well, but like anybody, they have strengths and weaknesses."

Kilbourne quarterback Nathan Sparks is the Wolves' strength on offense.

"You cannot make mistakes," Adams said. "The key motto this year is 'do your job.' If one person messes up, Kilbourne will capitalize on it and that's what happened last year."

As a result of those mistakes, Kilbourne has enjoyed the bragging rights for a year and the Wolves want to retain those rights.

"It's nice to walk around Worthington with those bragging rights," Kilbourne defensive back Peter Worley said. "We have to play Kilbourne football this Friday and we know we have to focus on executing our stuff. It's the last game of the season and we can't leave anything on the field."

While neither Thomas nor Kilbourne looks like they'll advance into the postseason, the game takes on more ramifications than bragging rights.

"It's an inter-district rivalry game, but it's the last game of a career for some of our guys," Gordon said. "It's also a big league game. Whoever wins this game finishes third in the league. A lot of other things make this a big game and our guys are excited about it."