Vince Trombetti has been here before.

Vince Trombetti has been here before.

The Worthington Kilbourne High School football coach is ready to lead his team into an opener against the same opponent that his Wolves ended the regular season against the previous year.

Kilbourne visits Olentangy Orange on Friday, Aug. 26, after defeating the Pioneers 31-28 in overtime in week 10 last fall.

The Wolves also closed the 2012 season against Dublin Scioto with a 24-7 loss and then lost to the Irish 22-21 to begin 2013.

"It's pretty unusual and even more rare that this is the second time that it has happened to us," said Trombetti, whose team finished 11-2 last season after losing to Massillon Perry 28-7 in the Division II, Region 5 final. "I know we have to be ready, especially after last season."

Orange finished 3-7 last fall, but returns several players who helped push Kilbourne to its limit.

"It's interesting playing Kilbourne again after that last game," Orange coach Zebb Schroeder said. "(The Wolves) are such a quality team and have a solid program. That game still is fresh in the minds of our players and coaches."

In the game last fall, Orange quarterback J.D. Dayhuff was 17-for-30 passing for 244 yards and four touchdowns. He threw a game-tying 21-yard score to 2016 graduate Matthew Collins with 4 minutes, 8 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The Pioneers did not score in their overtime possession. Josh Stoner, a 2016 graduate, kicked a 32-yard field goal to give Kilbourne the win.

Dayhuff returns as the starting quarterback in Orange's spread wing-T offense. The senior completed 120 of 193 passes for 1,425 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions and ran for 253 yards and two scores on 82 carries last season.

One of his primary targets is senior tight end Emerson Milner, who had 16 receptions for 213 yards and one touchdown a year ago.

"(The Pioneers) come out in the power-run set and spread the field and they either run or throw the ball," Trombetti said. "You have to be ready for anything when they line up. I know their quarterback and tight end are really good."

Kilbourne is looking to replace three key components in its triple-option attack with the graduation of quarterback Michael Bell-Wheelwright, running back Isaiah Young and Stoner at slotback. Bell-Wheelwright rushed for 644 yards and four touchdowns and was 82-for-157 passing for 989 yards with eight touchdowns last year. Young ran for 1,549 yards and 18 touchdowns, and Stoner had 1,897 all-purpose yards with 17 touchdowns.

Trombetti said junior Josh Stewart would start at quarterback with junior Michael McQuade at running back and junior Isaac Morgan in the slot.

"(The Wolves) are going to run the football behind a seasoned and physical offensive line," Schroeder said. "They are really impressive up front. Obviously, they will tweak things for their personnel this year and I'm sure we probably won't see those tweaks until 7:30 (p.m.) Friday."

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