Kilbourne coach Trombetti confident in potential back-to-back playoff appearances

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Worthington Kilbourne Wolves

Kilbourne downed Columbus Brookhaven
14-6 in its playoff opener before falling to OCC Central rival Hilliard Davidson
21-7 in a regional semifinal. Coach Vince Trombetti, back for his fourth season
as the Wolves’ head coach, has four starters back on offense and two returning
on defense.


Worthington Kilbourne (9-3)

* Players to Watch – DE Jason Cunningham (6-4, 225,
Sr.), OT/DT Brian Skura (6-7, 250, Sr.), QB/SS Nathan Sparks (6-0, 170, Sr.), C
Matt Skura (6-4, 260, Jr.), OG Jeff Holzaepfel (6-2, 260, Sr.), OL Josh Keller
(6-2, 265, Sr.).

* Outlook – Kilbourne downed Columbus Brookhaven
14-6 in its playoff opener before falling to OCC Central rival Hilliard Davidson
21-7 in a regional semifinal. Coach Vince Trombetti, back for his fourth season
as the Wolves’ head coach, has four starters back on offense and two returning
on defense.

“We don’t have a lot of guys back, but I think we have them
back at the right positions at least to start with,” Trombetti said. “We had 30
seniors on the team last year and we have 20 coming back this year. We know we
need some juniors to step up and fill some of those gaps.

“Only one time in school history has Kilbourne gone to the
playoffs in back-to-back seasons and that was 2004-05. We can do that with this
team, but we need to see some more consistency to do that.”

Sparks was a starter on defense and will slide into the
quarterback spot.

“Nathan will be more of a quarterback this year,” Trombetti
said. “He will still play some at strong safety, though. We started him off at
corner last year because he is good at flipping his hips. We moved him to safety
and he was at his best in filling the alley.

“He has played quarterback in our system in middle school
and with the JV team. It may be hard to step in as an option quarterback.”

Kilbourne and most of the Ohio Capital Conference teams
will be keeping a close eye on the election Tuesday in the Southwestern City
School District. There are four schools – Grove City, Grove City Central
Crossing, Galloway Westland and Columbus Franklin Heights – that will be without
extracurricular activities if the levy issue fails. Kilbourne has games against
Grove City and divisional rivals Westland and Central Crossing.

“It’s a mess for them,” Trombetti said. “And it’s a mess
for their opponents not knowing what is going on. You hope it works out, but we
are scrambling to have opponents ready if it fails. We’ll just match up against
whoever our opponents are.”

Schedule

Aug. 28, Groveport-Madison

Sept. 4, at Grove City*

Sept. 11, Dublin Scioto

Sept. 18, Hilliard Darby

Sept. 25, at Upper Arlington

Oct. 2, at Galloway Westland*

Oct. 9, Hilliard Davidson

Oct. 16, at Grove City Central Crossing*

Oct. 23, at Dublin Coffman

Oct. 30, Thomas Worthington

* Schools in the Southwestern City School District must
have a levy pass in early August in order to support extracurricular activities
this fall. If it fails, their scheduled opponents will need to schedule new
opponents for those open weeks.

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