The Worthington Kilbourne High School football team is hoping to add some players to its lineup this week as it begins its final push for the Division II playoffs.

The Worthington Kilbourne High School football team is hoping to add some players to its lineup this week as it begins its final push for the Division II playoffs.

The Wolves will play host to Hilliard Bradley on Friday, Oct. 21, in their final home game of the season. They were projected to be 10th in this week's Region 7 computer ratings. The top eight teams after week 10 qualify for the playoffs.

The injury-plagued Wolves have lost two games in a row and are 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division entering the contest. They are coming off a 16-6 loss at Hilliard Darby on Oct. 14, while Bradley improved to 7-1 and 3-1 with a 31-28 win over previously unbeaten Dublin Jerome that same night.

The Jaguars were projected to be second in this week's Division I, Region 3 computer ratings.

"We've really been hit by injuries, but hopefully we'll be getting at least some of those guys back this week," Wolves coach Vince Trombetti said. "I think we'll have Michael McQuade back at running back this week. He didn't play against Darby and he's had a good season since taking over fulltime for Nick Hill after the third week. Nick had an ACL tear and just had surgery this week."

Trombetti said the amount of injuries has forced a lot of movement in the lineup.

"We've had our linebackers, Thomas Wilson and Jack Trombetti, learning to play running back," he said. "We're robbing Peter to pay Paul. We've had to move offensive linemen Sam Beerman, Carson Van Lynn and Brian Turner into rotations on the defensive line to fill positions. But we've got to find something that works and finish strong, (do) whatever it takes."

The Jaguars' only loss came against Dublin Scioto, 20-6 on Sept. 30. It marked the only time they have scored fewer than 23 points this season.

Bradley is led by quarterback Will Phillis (172-for-263 passing, 1,940 yards, 20 touchdowns, 2 interceptions), running backs Robbie Hyrmer (176 carries, 826 yards, 13 TDs) and Jake Richards (51 carries, 267 yards, 1 TD) and receivers Daevon Anderson (56 receptions, 788 yards, 11 TDs), Trey Warner (38 catches, 417 yards, 3 TDs) and Zach Hummel (32 catches, 313 yards, 3 TDs).

Hyrmer also has 13 catches for 135 yards and three scores out of the backfield.

Defensively, linebackers Jared Rapp (62), Adam McCardle (60) and Cannon Blauser (43) lead Bradley in tackles, followed by lineman Brendan Bordner (42). Defensive back Patrick Day has a team-high three interceptions.

"They have a very efficient offense and a 6-foot-4 quarterback who is a very good passer and a hard worker," Trombetti said. "They throw a lot of bubble screens and have a few receivers that can flat-out fly. They don't run a lot of plays, but the ones they run, they do very effectively.

"Defensively, they've got two big tackles and a very good linebacker corps that gets to the ball in a hurry. For us to have success, we need to control the line of scrimmage and try to get some pressure on their quarterback somehow. It's that simple."

Defense improving for winless Cardinals

Thomas had one of its strongest defensive efforts of the season in a 19-7 loss to visiting Delaware on Oct. 14.

The Cardinals forced four turnovers, with the entire secondary of Khalil Jones, Eric Clark, Habib Bundu and Dakarey Williams each making an interception, and limited Delaware to 307 total yards. Thomas trailed the Pacers 13-7 in the fourth quarter.

"I think we've been much more competitive this season than we were last year," coach Rodney Hopkins said. "I think through eight weeks last year, we started the third quarter using a running clock. I think that has happened just twice this year."

Thomas is 0-8 overall and 0-5 in the OCC-Cardinal entering its league finale Friday, Oct. 21, at Scioto. The Irish are 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the league and are coming off a 35-7 non-league win over Mount Vernon on Oct. 14.

"Scioto is the only team to beat Bradley, so that's all you need to know," Hopkins said. "They are just a sound team. Their quarterback (Noah Densel) does a good job throwing the ball and running the ball. They don't throw a lot, but he's an accurate passer who moves the chains. He also doesn't break away for 50-yard runs, but he's just always moving the chains."

Both of Scioto's losses came against its sister schools, as the Irish fell to Coffman 45-7 on Sept. 2 and lost to Jerome 28-14 on Sept. 16. Other offensive leaders for the Irish are running back Dimetri Brandon and receiver Evan Hutras.

Against Delaware, quarterback Nick Kendig was 13-for-28 passing for 120 yards, with Cameron Ryan grabbing six passes for 73 yards and Jones adding five catches for 38 yards. DiJahn Davis ran 23 times for 87 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown.

"We had special teams troubles," Hopkins said. "We missed two field goals in the first half and we had Delaware backed up to punt from their own end zone. We got pressure on the punter and he broke it down and ran out to the 48-yard line. You take away that run and we did a very good job defensively."

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