The Worthington Kilbourne High School football team snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating first-year Olentangy Berlin 31-13 on Sept. 21.
Now the Wolves are focusing on putting together a stronger showing in the trenches as they prepare to visit Delaware on Friday, Sept. 28.
Kilbourne is 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, while the Pacers fell to 4-1 and 1-1 with a 45-31 loss at Dublin Scioto on Sept. 21.
"Everyone did their jobs against Berlin and stopped trying to cover mistakes on the field around them," Wolves coach Vince Trombetti said. "The kids mean well, but they've been trying to do too much to compensate for a teammate's weakness rather than just doing their own jobs. When they're trying to help others, then we were getting two or three people out of position and not doing their jobs.
"I would say the one area we need to improve most is controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Delaware isn't flashy, but they're strong and come right at you on offense. On defense, they attack and bring a lot of blitzing."
The Pacers punted just once against Scioto, but allowed 308 yards passing and six touchdown passes.
"Scioto has some good weapons and was able to get their playmakers in space against Delaware," Trombetti said. "But Delaware has a good quarterback (Blake Eiland) and an elusive running back (Jahi Broussard-Nash) and their offensive line is solid in fundamentals."
Eiland passed for 245 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns against Scioto. The Pacers' top receivers are Sam Lagando and Nabil Abdus-salaam.
Kilbourne totaled 381 yards against Berlin, including 234 through the air as quarterback Grayson Timms was 16-for-27 passing with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Sam English had eight catches for 94 yards and Marcus Hodge had four catches for 66 yards. Timms also led the team in rushing with 86 yards on eight carries, while Terrique Gray added 59 yards rushing on 23 carries.
Safeties Manny Herraiz and Joey McQuade led the Wolves' defense, according to Trombetti.