Thomas Worthington football coach Matt Zingery believes anything can happen from one week to the next in the OCC-Cardinal Division.
"In our league, any given week anybody can beat anybody," said Zingery, whose team continues OCC-Cardinal play Friday, Oct. 18, at Delaware. "It's an up-and-down league. Everybody has an opportunity to win. It just depends on how well you execute."
The Cardinals are coming off a 35-7 loss to Hilliard Darby on Oct. 11 and have lost three in a row to fall to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the league. The Panthers rushed for 290 yards on 53 carries and converted all seven of their third downs while limiting Thomas to 141 total yards.
"We knew they were going to be a really strong running game," Zingery said of Darby. "We're a little undersized defensively. You know what they're going to do and hope they make a mistake, but they played pretty sound football, both defensively and offensively."
Bernard Oteng split time with Nathan Borghese at quarterback against Darby and completed four of eight passes for 46 yards. Sheron Phipps had 40 yards rushing on seven carries and Nathan Hoover added 35 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
"We only had (seven) possessions for the game," Zingery said. "We went three-and-out the first three possessions and that was huge. They don't give you a whole lot of possessions. We only had two possessions in the second half and that was it. The game goes quick."
Aramus Welch had eight tackles, Reece Dykstra had seven tackles, including two for loss, and Bassil Hassan had four tackles and an interception to lead the Cardinals' defense against Darby.
"The kids are working hard and giving us everything they got," Zingery said. "But that's not enough to find a way to get a victory."
Delaware is coming off a 28-7 win over Dublin Jerome on Oct. 11 that moved the Pacers to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Quarterback Blake Eiland led the Pacers, rushing for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. He also had two interceptions playing in the secondary.
Jahi Broussard-Nash rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown and Nabil Abdus-salaam had 78 yards receiving on three catches against Jerome.
"Offensively, they do a lot of different things," Zingery said of the Pacers. "Their quarterback (Eiland) and their running back (Broussard-Nash) are two of their better players and they have a really strong offensive line, so they lean on those guys quite a bit."