Coach Vince Trombetti believes his Worthington Kilbourne High School football team is much better than its record, and Hilliard Bradley coach Mike LoParo concurs.
The Wolves will look to break through for a victory in a season full of close losses when they play host to the Jaguars in an OCC-Cardinal Division contest Friday, Oct. 19.
Kilbourne is coming off a 7-0 loss to Hilliard Darby on Oct. 12 that dropped it to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in the league. The Wolves have endured three other losses by a touchdown or less, falling to Olentangy Orange 27-26 on Aug. 24, Westerville South 27-21 (2OT) on Aug. 31 and Thomas Worthington 25-20 on Sept. 14.
Kilbourne also was competitive in a 28-17 loss to Dublin Scioto on Oct. 5.
"I'm proud of our kids because they haven't quit, and we have been in pretty much every game...," said Trombetti, whose team posted its lone win against first-year Olentangy Berlin, 31-13 on Sept. 21. "We were even up 17-14 to Scioto in fourth quarter. We're playing hard but coming up on the short end of the stick. The kids are doing all that we ask of them, and that's to compete. If they do that, then whatever happens, happens."
Against Darby, Terrique Gray rushed for 51 yards on 21 carries and quarterback Grayson Timms was 4-for-11 passing for 49 yards with an interception and added 45 yards rushing on six carries.
"Their record is no indication of their talent," said LoParo, whose team is 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Cardinal. "They are in more formations offensively than we have seen in a long time. They do a lot of things to try to create confusion. We need to have formation recognition this week to be successful."
The Jaguars remained unbeaten in the league with a 38-7 win over Dublin Jerome on Oct. 12.
Quarterback Griffin Veil completed 23 of 32 passes for 288 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He connected with wide receiver Jack Duffer nine times for 173 yards and one score. Wide receiver Trey Warner also had nine receptions for 80 yards, and running back Jack Richards ran for 54 yards on 19 carries.
"What do they do well? Everything," Trombetti said. "They throw the ball extremely well, they are efficient with their running game and play a hard-nosed attacking defense. They do everything well."
Bradley linebacker Cannon Blauser scored on a 25-yard interception return against Jerome.