Opponents have been unable to find a way to beat the Hilliard Bradley High School football team this season.
Worthington Kilbourne has had one fewer day to prepare for the Jaguars, as the teams play Thursday, Oct. 19, at Bradley.
"Having one less day makes it that much tougher to get things into place," coach Vince Trombetti said. "They're a tough matchup, especially for us. They've got four great receivers and a few of them are very tall. Our concern is that we've always been strong against the run but have struggled defending the pass. Now we've got a team with a strong passing attack and a number of targets and we don't have as much time to prepare for it."
The Wolves fell to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division with a 17-3 loss to Hilliard Darby on Oct. 13. That same night, Bradley moved to 8-0 and 4-0 with a 28-7 win over Dublin Jerome.
Bradley's stable of receivers includes Daevon Anderson (6-foot-3, 180 pounds), Kory Taylor (6-5, 215), Trey Warner (6-2, 205) and Zach Hummel (6-4, 230).
Quarterback Josh Stewart, who transferred from Kilbourne during the offseason, has completed 114 of 182 passes for 1,743 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions.
"They're very strong at receiver and get a lot of yards after catch, so that's what we have to limit," Trombetti said. "They've got height and can throw jump balls out there, too. ... We're going to try to combat that in a number of ways.
"We have to know when to bring heat, change coverages and disguise coverages and just do anything we can to slow them down."
Against Darby, the Wolves threw two interceptions, had five penalties for 60 yards, totaled just eight first downs and held the ball for just 17 minutes, 30 seconds.
"We shot ourselves in the foot with a few of those penalties that short-circuited our best drive of the game," Trombetti said. "You can't make mistakes like that, because we're not good enough to recover from them."
Elijah Young rushed for 33 yards on 11 carries and quarterback Grayson Timms added 18 yards rushing on four carries and was 11-for-34 passing for 94 yards. Gavin Baker had three catches for 33 yards.
"Everyone talks about Bradley's offense, but defensively, their front seven really get after you and stop the run," Trombetti said.
Linebacker Thomas Wilson registered a school-record 25 tackles against Darby, including two on special teams.
"He is amazing," Trombetti said. "He's in on just about every tackle, it seems."
Cardinals getting ready for Irish
Thomas lost to Delaware 21-17 on Oct. 13 for its fifth consecutive loss.
The Cardinals are 3-5 overall and 0-5 in the OCC-Cardinal entering their home finale Friday, Oct. 20, against Dublin Scioto. The Irish are 4-4 and 2-2 and are coming off a 42-7 win over Logan on Oct. 13.
Against Delaware, the Cardinals had advantages in the number of plays (77-55), total yards (345-154) and first downs (20-10). In addition, the Pacers had 11 penalties for 90 yards and converted just one of nine third-down plays.
Thomas led 3-0 after Owen Tennant's 42-yard field goal in the second quarter.
But the Pacers scored three touchdowns in a 38-second span. After Addison Harvey scored on a 12-yard pass from quarterback Blake Eiland, Thomas muffed the ensuing kickoff and Eiland scrambled for a 12-yard touchdown run on the next play. Josiah Naegele then intercepted a pass and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown with 3 seconds left in the half.
Thomas scored on a 16-yard pass from quarterback Charlie Rhoades to John Kallas in the third quarter and on a 40-yard pass from Rhoades to Khalil Jones in the fourth.
Rhoades was 18-for-32 passing for 186 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Jones had nine receptions for 121 yards and Kallas had three catches for 27 yards.
Dijahn Davis rushed for 91 yards on 18 carries and Jones added 40 yards on 10 carries.
Scioto, which has won three of its past four games, led Logan 28-0 at halftime.
Quarterback Kyron Rogers was 15-for-19 passing for 230 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Kenyon Pannell rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns on six carries and caught four passes for 72 yards and a score.