The Worthington Christian football team is coming off its most complete performance of the season.
In a 37-6 victory over Grove City Christian on Sept. 20, the Warriors scored their highest point total of the season while holding the Eagles to 100 yards of offense.
Their next challenge, though, could be tougher than any other in program history.
Glouster Trimble, which was the Division VII state runner-up last season and is now in Division VI, has been making competent offenses look bad during a 4-0 start.
On Friday, Sept. 27, the Warriors will travel about an hour-and-a-half to face the No. 8-ranked team in the state in the Tomcats, who have outscored their first four opponents by a combined 174-0.
Trimble is coming off a 45-0 win Sept. 20 over Crown City South Gallia, which had scored 44 points a week earlier. The other three teams the Tomcats have shut out are 2-2, and all three have had one game in which they scored 39 points or more.
Warriors quarterback Lucas Hartings, who threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-26 win over Danville on Sept. 13, completed three of five passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns and had four carries for 94 yards and two scores against Grove City Christian. Freshman Cayden Lassiter also saw time at quarterback against the Eagles, completing six of eight passes for 45 yards.
Coach Jeff Hartings has been pleased with the leadership he's seen from his son, who is 61-for-104 passing for 901 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions and has rushed 34 times for 237 yards and five scores.
"Our quarterback stepped up and made plays (against Danville)," coach Hartings said. "It was his leadership on the field that made the difference, staying enthusiastic about the possibility of coming back, encouraging his teammates and everyone, including the coaches focusing on our jobs so that we could execute the plays to win the game."
The Warriors will need that leadership to continue against Trimble, which lost to McComb 28-3 in last year's state final to finish 13-2.
Senior Cameron Kittle is a multi-threat quarterback and a returning starter, with seniors Austin Wisor (WR) and Conner Wright (RB) also key returnees on offense. The Tomcats' defense is led by 5-foot-11, 215-pound senior middle linebacker Sawyer Koons.