Chances are Thomas Worthington football coach Matt Zingery has told his players this week in practice to forget about their next opponent's record.

The Cardinals will visit winless Hilliard Bradley on Friday, Sept. 27, in an OCC-Cardinal Division contest.

A Division I playoff qualifier each of the past three seasons, the Jaguars fell to 0-4 overall -- the worst start in their 11-year history -- and 0-1 in the league with a 13-7 loss to Hilliard Darby on Sept. 20.

"They are probably one of the best 0-4 football teams you'll find in America, let alone the state of Ohio," Zingery said. "They're a fine football team and they're well-coached. They have a lot of good players."

The Jaguars, who lost to Hilliard Davidson 17-9 on Sept. 13, have allowed an average of 15.7 points the past three games but are averaging only 9.3 points.

"They've just had a couple of rivalry games the last two weeks that haven't gone their way," Zingery said. "I'm sure we're going to get their best Friday."

Thomas, meanwhile, is coming off a victory over its crosstown rival for the second consecutive season.

When the dust settled after a long night of weather delays Sept. 20, the Cardinals had beaten Kilbourne 20-13 to improve to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the OCC-Cardinal.

It marks the first time Thomas has beaten the Wolves in consecutive years and the first time the Cardinals have defeated Kilbourne on their own field.

Thomas held on to beat the Wolves. The Cardinals led 20-7 until Kilbourne's Paul Jarvis recovered the ball in the end zone following a bad snap on a Thomas punt attempt with 10 minutes, 38 seconds left.

Kilbourne had three chances to drive for the tying score in the fourth quarter, including one drive that ended with a fumble on a quarterback sneak from the 1 that was recovered by the Cardinals in the end zone.

Nathan Borghese played a full game at quarterback after taking over for injured James Gaiters in the second half of the Cardinals' 35-21 loss to Westerville South on Sept. 13. Against the Wolves, he was 6-for-13 passing for 98 yards and rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 22 carries.

"Although it was a big win for our program and our kids, we've got a big opportunity against Bradley this week," Zingery said.

Borghese has given Zingery something to think about at the quarterback position, but Gaiters, who has a shoulder injury, will get playing time when he's ready.

"We're going to have options," Zingery said. "We're going to see what our best 11 are offensively and defensively. James Gaiters started eight games for us at free safety last year, so we have a lot of options."

Against Darby, Bradley quarterback A.J. Mirgon was 9-for-18 passing for 100 yards and a touchdown and ran for 77 yards on 18 carries.

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