With opposite overall records entering the regular-season finale, Worthington Kilbourne High School football coach Vince Trombetti said his team will need to remain focused when it plays host Friday, Nov. 1, to Olentangy Orange.
The Wolves improved to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the OCC-Capital Division with a 14-12 win Oct. 25 over previously unbeaten New Albany, which entered as the state's top-ranked team in Division II.
Orange fell to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the league with a 17-0 loss to Big Walnut on Oct. 25.
"We have an exceptional group of seniors, and that's why we have been winning," said Trombetti, whose team has clinched a first-round home game in the Division II, Region 5 playoffs. "They understand the focus that they need to play every week and that we can't take any opponent lightly. They know we still have things that we can improve on and they will be working hard all week to get better."
Junior cornerback Joe Davis intercepted New Albany quarterback Tanner Cline in the fourth quarter and broke up a fourth-down pass in the final minute to seal the Wolves' win.
Junior quarterback Griffin Dahn rushed for a 1-yard touchdown and connected with senior wide receiver Keaton Reinhart on a 28-yard score.
"(The Wolves) are just solid on both sides of the football," Orange coach Brian Cross said. "They come at you with a bunch of guys who can take it to the house on every play. They're just a handful.
"Defensively, they held New Albany to 12 points and shut out Olentangy (33-0 win Oct. 18). They are just really athletic and get to the football. They don't beat themselves."
Against Big Walnut, sophomore running back Tyler Lichter rushed for 41 yards on eight carries for Orange. Senior running back Jake Bobrowski added 29 yards on eight carries and junior quarterback C.J. Stablein was 6-for-13 passing for 102 yards.
"I'm watching (Stablein) run the ball on film, and he's pretty good," Trombetti said. "When he pulls the ball down and runs the option, he can really hurt you. But (Cross) has always been the master of the wing-T, so you know they'll be tough to defend."