The gap between the Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne high school football teams is closing.

The gap between the Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne high school football teams is closing.

Both teams enter their season finale on Friday, Oct. 28, at Kilbourne with records of 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the OCC-Central Division. Both were 3-6 overall last year as well.

In 2009, Thomas entered at 5-4 and Kilbourne was 4-4. In 2008, Kilbourne was 7-2 and Thomas was 2-7.

Wolves coach Vince Trombetti's team is 3-0 in the series, which has become more competitive each year.

"It's going from year one being a blowout (48-3 in 2008), then year two it was a two-touchdown difference (28-13 in 2009) and last year it went to overtime (13-7). It keeps getting closer," Trombetti said. "This year, they have more experience where we've had it in the past. It won't be hard to get the kids up for Thomas, because you get the cross-town rivalry."

Thomas defeated winless Central Crossing 40-13 on Oct. 21. The same night, Kilbourne lost 34-7 at Dublin Coffman.

The Cardinals and Wolves both defeated Central Crossing and Westland in league play.

Junior running back Isaac Lumpkin had a 3-yard touchdown run against Coffman and finished with 52 rushing yards for the Wolves, who forced two turnovers.

Thomas' struggles have come mostly on offense. The Cardinals have been outscored just 160-156, but they have been shut out three times, by Jonathan Alder (37-0 on Aug. 26), Hilliard Davidson (33-0 on Sept. 23) and Coffman (24-0 on Sept. 30).

Senior Nana Kyeremeh is a threat at running back, wide receiver, defensive back and on special teams. Running back Eric Monfort is the most prominent of several backs coach Scott Gordon rotates.

"We need to get out and play fast, play hard and take care of the football. Our defense is playing very well right now. We think we have a pretty daggone good football team, as far as a defensive football team," Gordon said. "The offense has to stay on the field some. We have to play four quarters. It has to be 48 minutes. We have to play steady all the way through."