Coming off his first win as football coach at Worthington Kilbourne, Mike Edwards is now preparing to guide his team against its biggest rival.
The Wolves will visit Dublin Scioto on Friday, Oct. 11, in the 25th annual Battle of Hard Road.
The Irish lead the all-time series 14-13, including three playoff matchups, and have dominated the series in recent years, winning nine of the past 11 meetings, including a 28-17 victory last season at Kilbourne.
The Wolves' last win came in 2015, 27-24.
"I don't think we have to build (the game) up," Edwards said. "The kids know what it's all about. The kids are ready. They're already focused."
Kilbourne rallied from a 14-7 deficit after one quarter to beat visiting Delaware 36-21 on Oct. 4 to improve to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.
Quarterback Mitchell Tomasek passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Wolves. He completed 20 of 30 passes for 238 yards.
"Their quarterback is a good athlete, a heck of a punter," Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. "He's definitely a threat. They always have a good running back."
Terrique Gray rushed for 86 yards on 18 carries and Duncan Selph had three catches for 72 yards and two scores against the Pacers.
"We were definitely very happy and relieved," Edwards said of the win. "Everybody was able to take a sigh of relief. We finally put a whole game together and made the plays we needed to make and played good assignment football."
Scioto is looking to ride the momentum of a last-second 38-36 win at Hilliard Bradley on Oct. 4.
Declan Farrell made a 39-yard field goal as time expired to help the Irish improve to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal.
"It's a big game, so they'll be fired up for (this) week," Johnson said of his players. "It's a pretty big deal to us. We've talked about it all year. It's a game that we put on the calendar at the beginning of the offseason. We talk about it throughout the offseason, throughout the summer camp and throughout two-a-days. We make it a big deal. It's a special rivalry. It's the 25th battle."
Against Bradley, quarterback Chad Ray passed for 284 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score, and Pete Hrelec rushed for 137 yards and two scores. Xavier Lopes added six catches for 119 yards and a touchdown.
"They have been a successful program. They know how to win," Edwards said. "They have athletes who can make plays on the offensive side of the ball. We have respect for that program and, historically, we've had trouble beating them, but we're sticking to what we do and our guns. If we can execute well, we feel confident in our chances to play a good, hard football game and have a chance to win the fourth quarter."