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Wolves ready to cash in on potential


By DON DELCO
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance
Three letters fill Worthington Kilbourne High WORTHINGTON KILBOURNE WOLVES
School senior linebacker Matt Zimmer with Colors: Royal blue and black
Coach: Vince Trombetti, second season
dread: BFS. Key players: Angelo Gutierrez, Zach Isenhart, Aaron
They stand for the Bigger, Faster, Stronger Kingcade, Robert Raskin, Drew Reiter, Rodney Tate,
running test conducted by the football program Andrew Wilfong and Matt Zimmer
during the summer. Each player must run eight On the Web: worthington.k12.oh.us
100-meter sprints and 16 50-meter sprints in a 2007 SCHEDULE
timely fashion. If a player is under his target Aug. 24..............Grove City ..........................Away
time, negative points are awarded. The goal is Aug. 31..............Lancaster .........................Home
Sept. 7...............Lakota East ......................Home
to end with a negative number or at zero. Sept. 14 ............Dublin Scioto ....................Home
“It’s one of the most awful things we do with Sept. 21 ............Findlay..............................Home
Kilbourne football,” Zimmer said. “Guys com- Sept. 28 ............Pickerington Central ..........Home
plain about it and they dread it.” Oct. 5 ................Mount Vernon.....................Away
Oct. 12 ..............Westerville South ...............Away
Despite the universal dislike of the condi- Oct. 19 ..............Dublin Jerome...................Home
tioning drill, 75 of 94 players passed last month. Oct. 26 ..............Olentangy...........................Away
“The average kid passes somewhere between 2006 RESULTS
(minus)-5 to (minus)-12,” coach Vince Trom- (4-6 overall, 3-2 OCC-Cardinal)
betti said. “We had several kids get (minus)-20 Toledo St. John’s .....................................L, 28-12
to (minus)-25.” Grove City .................................................L, 38-7
Kilbourne won three of its last four games Mifflin ......................................................W, 21-0
Dublin Scioto ..........................................L, 27-24
last season to finish 4-6 overall and tied Olen- Findlay....................................................L, 34-17
tangy and Westerville South for second in the Pickerington Central ................................L, 42-21
OCC-Cardinal Division at 3-2 behind Picker- Mount Vernon.........................................W, 55-14
ington Central at 5-0 and ahead of Dublin Jerome Westerville South ....................................L, 21-20
Dublin Jerome ........................................W, 24-17
at 1-4 and Mount Vernon at 0-5. Olentangy ..............................................W, 15-14
“How we ended last season fed into the
momentum and enthusiasm of the kids into the
offseason,” said Trombetti, whose team opens BE THE ONE to
Friday at Grove City. “They saw at the end of champion
last year the potential we had. It’s been a great life for patients in need.
offseason and we probably came into camp in 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
better shape than ever. More guys passed the BloodSavesLives.org
BFS than ever before.”
In addition to conditioning, senior offensive

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lineman Robert Raskin (6-foot-3, 224 pounds) linebacker and will be joined by newcomers in
noticed a large contingent in the weight room. juniors Luke Bott (6-0, 183) and Grant Halder-
A week after Kilbourne ended last season with man (6-1, 168).
By Karen Carter/ThisWeek On special teams, Kingcade is the punter and
a 15-14 win over Olentangy, many returning
players flooded the workout facilities. Angelo Gutierrez runs away from the Brookhaven defense Aug. 11. He will see time at senior Chris Rehkopf (5-8, 152) returns as the
“Everyone is really motivated this season,” running back along with Rodney Tate. placekicker.
Raskin said. “We’ve got guys in the right mind With experience in place, players in shape
strength in its secondary with three of four starters as Kilbourne must overcome the graduation of and confidence soaring, Trombetti cautioned his
set coming out, working hard and doing what
back in junior Colt Carnahan (5-10, 162) at free tackles Matt Messenger and Salah Salim. Mes- team not to let the success and hard work go to
they need to do to get the job done. They’re
safety, junior Kevin Mack (5-11, 159) at strong senger was first-team all-OCC-Cardinal as he their heads.
excited about the upcoming season and are ready
safety and senior Eric Snyder (5-10, 168) at cor- finished with 46 tackles and three sacks. “We have to make sure our guys don’t get
to win.”
ner. Competing for the other corner spot is Trombetti, who also coaches linebackers, is big-headed,” Trombetti said.
Mark Trombetti down as excited especially
between seniors Alex Cameron (5-10, 153) and concerned after the group graduated Christian “I don’t want them thinking we’re going to
when it comes to the offense, where nine starters
Damian Ventresca (5-10, 151). Hallam and Mike Northern. Hallam led the be good just because we finished last season
return.
Senior Bryan Raynes (6-0, 192) and junior Wolves with 82 tackles. strong. We have to continue to get better and
JuniorsAaron Kingcade (6-3, 193) and Drew
Dan Sprague (6-3, 255) return at defensive end Zimmer (5-10, 170) returns at outside maintain a level head.”
Reiter (6-2, 195) continue their battle at quar-
terback. Last season, the duo shared time as
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Kingcade finished 36-for-75 for 516 yards with


five touchdowns and five interceptions and Reiter
was 7-for-13 for 83 yards with two touchdowns
and no interceptions.
“We’re in the same boat as last year,” Trom-
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betti said. “Aaron and Drew are both doing a


good job.”
At running back, seniors Angelo Gutierrez
(5-9, 162) and Rodney Tate (5-7, 184) return.
Tate led Kilbourne with 904 yards rushing on Check on your rivals
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