The Week 3 matchup between the Thomas Worthington and Westerville South high school football teams features one squad that is looking to rebound from its latest performance and one that is trying to build on its last game.
The Cardinals will look to bounce back from a 35-30 loss to visiting Westerville North on Aug. 31 when they visit South on Friday, Sept. 7.
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"As we move to try to turn this program around and having the ability to bounce back (from) disappointing losses that we're going to have to work at, it's new territory anytime we have any of these situations in our program," Cardinals coach Matt Zingery said. "We just have to continue to push and practice hard and get better in practice."
Running back DiJahn Davis led the Cardinals against North, rushing for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.
Quarterback Charlie Rhoades completed seven of 15 passes for 79 yards and one interception, and wide receiver Habib Bundu had two catches for 51 years and one score.
"Coach Zingery has done a heck of a job in the short time there," said South coach Matt Christ, whose team also is 1-1. "They seem to be playing pretty hard and they're in or they're winning a lot of football games. We need to continue to improve and focus on us."
South rebounded from a 31-7 loss to visiting New Albany on Aug. 24 to defeat host Worthington Kilbourne 27-21 in double overtime on Aug. 31.
Neither South nor Kilbourne scored in the first overtime as the Wolves missed a 34-yard field-goal attempt. In the second overtime, the Wildcats' Taveon Falls scored on a 1-yard run for the game-winner.
Falls finished the game with 101 yards rushing and quarterback Jason Penn accounted for 226 yards of offense, including 159 passing.
Jaylen Norwood had five catches for 82 yards and one touchdown.
"It was good to be on the right side of that score," Christ said. "It was a huge moment for the rest of the year. It was a game that I knew we would have every right to win. I thought we were a pretty good matchup with Kilbourne. I'm proud of the way the kids stuck in there and found a way to get a win."
South finished with 310 total yards against New Albany and had 356 against Kilbourne. Zingery said containing the Wildcats' spread offense will be key.
"They typically have a lot of really good athletes over there," Zingery said. "Coach Christ has that program moving in the right direction, so we have another tough game ahead of us this week."