The Thomas Worthington High School football team continues to prove itself.
The Cardinals scored on five of their first six possessions in their home opener and beat Groveport 47-13 on Sept. 8 to improve to 3-0.
“You think there’s a chance for you to start 3-0, but that’s if everything goes right and you get a few bounces here and there. But honestly, I’m not so sure I believed we could do it,” first-year Cardinals coach Matt Zingery said. “I knew we had the talent to do it and the kids were putting in the effort and buying into the system, but I don’t think I was completely sold on starting 3-0.”
Groveport, which fell to 0-3, was loading the box up front early in the game and Thomas made the Cruisers pay.
Quarterback Charlie Rhoades threw for 195 yards in the first half and finished 14-for-17 for 225 yards and three touchdowns. He added 60 yards rushing on six carries, including a 24-yard touchdown to open the scoring.
Khalil Jones had six catches for 115 yards, including touchdowns covering 40 and 5 yards. He also returned a kickoff 94 yards to the Groveport 2 and ran in for the score out of the wildcat formation on the next play.
Cameron Ryan added five catches for 99 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown.
“We saw them on film and they executed well,” Groveport coach Bryan Schoonover said. “I was hoping they wouldn’t be as crisp tonight, but they were. We’re an awfully young team and we made some plays, but we didn’t string much together until after we were down 21-0.
“We had a good first possession, but we got that field-goal attempt blocked, then we threw an interception on our next snap. But I’m proud. As young as we are, we keep fighting and battling.”
DiJahn Davis ran for 104 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for Thomas, which set up a showdown next week with Worthington Kilbourne.
“It’s Kilbourne week and this is always the most exciting week of the season for us,” Rhoades said. “We’re hoping to make this one a memorable one. But we have to put in the work next week in practice for that to happen.”
Emmanuel Anthony rushed for 92 yards on 10 carries and Wayne Blackshear added 66 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for Groveport.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final GROVEPORT 0 13 0 0 13 THOMAS WORTHINGTON
14 20 13 0 47
TW—Rhoades 24 run (Graham kick)
TW—Ryan 6 pass from Rhoades (Graham kick)
TW—Jones 40 pass from Rhoads (Graham kick)
G—Blackshear 5 run (kick failed)
TW—Jones 2 run (kick failed)
TW—Jones 25 pass from Rhoads (Graham kick)
G—Wilson 7 pass from Huffman (Hernandez kick)
TW—Jones 5 run (Graham kick)
TW—Davis 33 run (kick failed)