After an impressive performance in its opener, Westerville South football coach Matthew Christ is confident his team will avoid a letdown in Week 2.
The Wildcats will play host to Worthington Kilbourne on Friday, Sept. 6, coming off a 48-21 victory over host New Albany on Aug. 30.
That same night, Kilbourne lost to visiting Olentangy Orange 16-6 in Mike Edwards' debut as head coach. Edwards replaced Vince Trombetti, who retired after 13 seasons.
"We're back to 0-0 and now we have to chase down 1-0 with Kilbourne," Christ said.
Running back Michael Mansaray led the way for South against New Albany, rushing for 286 yards and five touchdowns, while quarterback Peter Pedrozo completed 9 of 11 passes for 145 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The Wildcats finished with a 487-333 advantage in total yards.
"(Christ) has built their program," Edwards said. "You can tell that the kids are starting to get that system. Their culture, their philosophy, their scheme is instilled. They have a lot of real good athletes. Their defense plays with a lot of confidence, aggressive. We have a lot of respect for their program and the players they have."
Kilbourne trailed Orange 16-0 at halftime, but Edwards was pleased with his team's effort in the second half and hopes to build on that against South.
"Our kids came out and played a second half like they were up 20-0," Edwards said. "They played with effort, they were in shape and they got better. The morale is positive. Obviously, we don't accept losing and we never will, but I have a lot of respect for those kids and so does our coaching staff. They showed us a lot."
Quarterback Mitchell Tomasek connected with Sam English on a 7-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Pioneers. Tomasek completed 17 of 35 passes for 162 yards and Terrique Gray rushed for 62 yards on 17 carries.
"They do a lot of different things offensively, a lot of formations," Christ said. "We have to go out and play assignment football and make sure to make plays when they need to be made."