The Hilliard Darby High School football team will be going for the sweep of Worthington when it travels to Kilbourne on Friday, Oct. 13.
The Panthers defeated Thomas Worthington 45-14 on Oct. 6 for their second consecutive victory. They are 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division and appear to be back on track after back-to-back losses in Weeks 4 and 5.
"We played great defensively, but we've got to continue to address ball security," coach John Santagata said. "We had three turnovers again. It's been our Achilles' heel. The good news is that two of the fumbles took place when they were fighting real hard to get extra yards. Still, we've got to clean that up."
Kilbourne is 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal after losing to Dublin Scioto 34-21 in the Battle of Hard Road on Oct. 6.
"Darby did a great job in the trenches against Thomas," Wolves coach Vince Trombetti said. "That's what stands out when you look at the (game) film. (Darby's) offensive line is not as big as past years, but they come off the ball. For us to have a chance, we've got to meet force with force. If we get knocked off the ball, we're in trouble.
"(Darby has) some fullbacks and slotbacks who are running the ball hard and running it well. Their young quarterback (Jack Stultz) has played a few games after (an injury to starter Henry Sopko) and is improving every week. He's reading defenses better."
Against Thomas, Canyon Uphouse rushed for 125 yards on 20 carries, Stultz ran for 102 yards on 10 carries, Clint Barnett had 94 yards on nine carries and Jaelin Benjamin had 73 yards on three carries as the Panthers totaled 427 yards rushing on 51 carries.
Stultz threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Nick Ferko and also ran for a score. Benjamin had two touchdown runs and Uphouse and Barnett both ran for a touchdown.
"I thought Canyon and Jack had good games and Clint returned from an injury and had a good game," Santagata said. "But we didn't have anyone with outstanding games, except for maybe our offensive line. I thought Michael Browning, Seth Schmidt and Ian Cover did great up front."
Defensive end Donta Ashcraft had seven tackles and a sack and linebacker Tommy Clark had six tackles and a sack to lead the Panthers' defense. Linebacker Grant Hollinger and defensive backs Hayden Vroom and Jaden Jones each had an interception.
Against Scioto, the Wolves were outgained 389-221 in total yards.
Quarterback Grayson Timms was 13-for-30 passing for 151 yards and two touchdowns, but was the victim of six dropped passes. He also led the team with 40 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Linebacker Thomas Wilson had 21 tackles against the Irish and has 96 on the season.
"Kilbourne is coming off a loss to their rival and this is their homecoming game, so I'm sure they will be fired up and I expect that Vince will have those guys ready for us," Santagata said. "He's a great coach and we respect them greatly. They're probably going to throw a few wrinkles at us defensively and see how we pick things up."