Worthington Kilbourne at Delaware Hayes: Coaches looking for Wolves, Pacers to respond

STEPHEN BORGNA
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Worthington Kilbourne's Cayden Dougherty hauls in a reception against Dublin Scioto on Sept. 3.

The Worthington Kilbourne and Delaware Hayes football teams both will look to rebound from losses when the Wolves play host to the Pacers on Friday, Sept. 11.

Kilbourne lost 21-13 to Dublin Scioto in the annual Battle of Hard Road on Sept. 3, while Delaware fell 24-7 to Westerville North on Sept. 4.

“Our focus this week in practice is to get back to the middle of the road. We had a successful Week 1 and a not-so-successful Week 2,” said Kilbourne coach Mike Edwards, whose team opened with a 33-14 victory at Canal Winchester on Aug. 28. “And I’m excited to see how our kids respond to the first adversity of the year per se. I believe in them. I think they’re going to respond well.”

The Wolves’ starting quarterback, Mitchell Tomasek, went down with a thigh bruise in the first half against Scioto and was replaced by backups Nash Biglin and Tyler Cain. Biglin completed six of 10 passes for 68 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and he also ran for 21 yards on five carries.

Edwards said the Wolves are expecting Tomasek to return against the Pacers.

“(Kilbourne has) a really good quarterback and they’re coming off a tough loss,” Delaware coach Scott Wetzel said. “They’re very well-coached and sound in what they do. We definitely have our work cut out for us.”

The Pacers have struggled to score during their opening two games, with their only points against North coming off a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown by Orion Ward.

“I think if you look at us, probably the big thing is we have to look at ourselves and work on getting better each week,” said Wetzel, whose team lost 14-6 to Big Walnut in its Aug. 28 opener. “We’ve kind of shot ourselves in the foot too many times.

“Our two losses, we’ve played decent defensively, (but) offensively we’ve struggled a little bit. We’re trying to figure out our identity offensively.”

Regardless, Wetzel said he expects quarterback Austin Dowell to continue the improvement he has shown in games and practices.

“I think he’s getting better each week, and we have a lot of confidence in him that he’s going to continue to get better and provide good leadership for our offense,” Wetzel said.

Edwards said the Wolves are expecting to be challenged physically by the Pacers.

“The first word that comes to my mind when I think about them is toughness,” Edwards said. “They’re always going to be a tough football team, hard-nosed with a physical mentality. For us, we’ve got to be prepared for another physical battle and hopefully stay healthy through it.”

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WEEK 3

DELAWARE HAYES at WORTHINGTON KILBOURNE

•When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11

•Last meeting: 2019, Kilbourne 36-21

•Delaware (0-2 overall, 0-2 in OCC-Capital) to date: Lost to Big Walnut 14-6; lost to Westerville North 24-7

•Kilbourne (1-1 overall, 1-1 in OCC-Capital) to date: Defeated Canal Winchester 33-14; lost to Dublin Scioto 21-13

•Top Wolves: Luke Brown (OL/DL), Cayden Dougherty (WR/DB), Mitchell Tomasek (QB/P), Terrique Gray (RB/LB), Spencer Parker-Gordon (WR/DB), Skylar Scott (WR/DB), Bryce Taylor (TE/LB) and Brian Wilson (RB/LB)

•Top Pacers: Alex Blevins (WR), Austin Dowell (QB), Blake Eiland (QB) Logan Eubanks (RB), Ty Gillman (RB), Matt McGeath (OL/DL), Logan Gibson (OL), Gavin Kenney (OL), Braeden McGrady (WR), Kaleb Shaw (LB) and Orion Ward (DB)