The Worthington Kilbourne and Olentangy Berlin football teams enter their contest Friday, Sept. 27, at Berlin coming off games in which they faced similar situations but ended up with different results.
The Wolves pulled to within seven points at Thomas Worthington on Sept. 20 when Paul Jarvis fell on a bad punt snap in the end zone on the second play of the fourth quarter. They had three possessions to tie the game, but turned it over twice and went three-and-out on the other in a 20-13 setback that was their ninth loss in a row.
"We didn't execute or play disciplined enough to win that football game," said Kilbourne coach Mike Edwards, whose team is 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. "(The postgame film session) was more of a reality check for the kids that this is unacceptable and that this is why you're not winning football games."
Also on Sept. 20, Berlin was trailing Delaware by 11 points heading into the fourth before scoring touchdowns on its first two possessions and returning an interception for a score to earn a 32-21 win.
"We had two turnovers that didn't go our way (against Delaware)," coach Mark Nori said. "The defense came up big, (but) we still have to play off each other and we can't turn the ball over in critical situations."
The Bears improved to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the OCC-Cardinal. It was the first league win in program history, and it gave Berlin one more win than in last year's inaugural season.
Berlin was on the other end of a fourth-quarter comeback in a 24-21 loss to Canal Winchester on Sept. 6.
"We have been through many, many trials for sure in the past 14 games," Nori said. "Whether it's been turnovers to being backed up or whatever it is -- a call we don't like or a call that didn't go our way."
Johnny Spinner ran for 117 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and quarterback Jacob Moeller added 102 yards rushing and two scores on 12 attempts to lead the offense against Delaware.
Justin Rader had two interceptions, including one in the fourth quarter that he returned 40 yards for the game-clinching score.
"They remind me a lot of us -- our personnel anyway," Edwards said. "They're the same kind of kids. (Nori) is doing a good job there -- just from last year to this year you can see a difference."
For Kilbourne against Thomas, Mitchell Tomasek was 13-for-26 passing for 127 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. Terrique Gray carried 12 times for 60 yards, Tyler Turner had three catches for 61 yards and Harrison Kline had an interception.