Vince Trombetti announced Oct. 26 that he is stepping down as Worthington Kilbourne High School football coach.
Trombetti informed his players following the Wolves' 26-6 loss at Dublin Jerome in their season finale. He said he wants to free up time on weekends to travel and watch his son, Jack, play football for the University of Findlay.
"It's going to be very rough, especially next summer and fall," said Trombetti, who posted a 72-66 record in 13 seasons at Kilbourne, including a 1-9 mark this season. "I've been coaching here for 28 years overall, since day one (when Kilbourne opened). I will definitely miss watching the players grow, learn and develop skills and confidence coming through the program, but I will still be around kids as a (science) teacher."
Trombetti led Kilbourne to four playoff appearances (2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015), but the Wolves haven't had a winning season since 2015 when they finished 11-3 after losing to Massillon Perry 28-7 in the Division II, Region 5 final.
"I was fortunate enough to work for (previous coach) Jeff Gafford and have been blessed to have a good staff here through the years," Trombetti said. "I put a lot of extra work on them the past two years, but I grossly underestimated how much time and energy it would take to continue to coach and watch my son play. I've learned that I'm no spring chicken any longer. Quite frankly, I'm still worn out."
Kilbourne finished 1-6 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Against Jerome, the Wolves were limited to 126 total yards. Quarterback Grayson Timms threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to receiver Joey McQuade in the first quarter after the Celtics had taken a 13-0 lead. Kilbourne trailed 26-6 at halftime.
Timms was 10-for-27 passing for 84 yards and running back Terrique Gray had 21 yards rushing on 10 carries.
Jerome finished 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the league.
Cardinals edge Bears in season finale
DiJahn Davis and Habib Bundu provided big plays to lead Thomas to a 27-24 win over visiting Olentangy Berlin on Oct. 26.
Davis rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries and Bundu returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and caught a 45-yard touchdown pass as the Cardinals finished 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the OCC-Cardinal.
"It was a battle of two young teams trying to find a way to win and the game was filled with big plays and mistakes," coach Matt Zingery said. "It was a good win. DiJahn was amazing and Habib made some special plays and those were great senior moments that they will remember forever."
Thomas built a 20-13 halftime lead on scoring runs of 43 and 84 yards by Davis and Bundu's kickoff return. Davis' 84-yard score came late in the half and broke a 13-all tie.
"We were just looking to run out the clock and he bounced out and took it to the house," Zingery said. "He hasn't had that breakaway speed since his two knee surgeries and it's just starting to come back. He's going to be a steal for some college team who gives him the chance. He's also a tremendous blocker."
Bundu's touchdown reception gave the Cardinals a 27-16 lead in the third quarter.
James Gaiters was 9-for-11 passing for 96 yards in his second start at quarterback.
"We were impressed with him because he managed the game so well and made some key runs when he pulled it down," Zingery said of Gaiters.
Linebacker Bassil Hasan had 13 tackles and preserved the win with an interception on Berlin's final drive.
The Bears finished 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the league.
-- Brad Emerine
Warriors finish with loss to Rockets
Worthington Christian led host Berne Union 15-14 at halftime on Oct. 26 but lost 22-15 to finish 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the MSL-Cardinal.
The loss eliminated the Warriors' playoff hopes in Division VI, Region 23. They had won five games in a row to get into postseason contention for the first time in their five-year history.
Worthington Christian, which also went 6-4 in 2016, gave up a 13-yard touchdown run by Chaz Dickerson in the third quarter and the Rockets made the score stand.
The Warriors got deep inside Berne Union territory early in the fourth quarter, but with 7 minutes, 59 seconds remaining, running back Michael Hartings was stopped at the 1 on fourth-and-goal from the 2.
Hartings finished with 236 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and Lucas Hartings threw a 67-yard first-quarter touchdown pass to Michael King.
Berne Union improved to 8-2 overall and made the Division VII, Region 27 playoffs. The Rockets finished 5-1 in the league, behind Harvest Prep (6-0).
-- Jarrod Ulrey