It’s not always easy to determine reasons for a team winning or losing a football game.
For the Wilmington High School Hurricane, 1-3 on the year, it’s not difficult at all. At least for the last two weeks.
“Turnovers are killing us right now,” WHS coach Scott Killen said. “We had a pick 6 and a fumble inside the 15 that led to 10 points. The last two games we have had a total of 10 turnovers and you can’t win many ball games with that many turnovers.”
Wilmington lost a heartbreaker 31-27 last week on the road to an unbeaten Minford team.
“I was proud of the fight that the kids had throughout the game,” said Killen.
WHS had a chance to win in the end, but an interception in the end zone ended the threat.
Cam Coomer ran for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns but the rest of the offense combined for just 12 rushes for 18 yards. Malik Scott went out in the first quarter and did not return.
“Malik is fine and will be back,” the WHS coach said. “We are still looking for more consistency on offense. We put ourselves in bad positions with missed assignments.”
The WHS passing game was inconsistent. Coomer went 15-33 with three interceptions and 167 yards. Isaiah Rigling caught six passes for 83 yards while Carter Huffman hauled in five for 52. Chris Custis caught four passes for 33 yards.
Minford ran for more than 400 yards the week before the Wilmington defense held the Falcons to 170 yards rushing on this night.
Wilmington was flagged nine times for 100 yards.
“We are still having two many breakdowns on defense and giving up big plays,” said Killen. “It’s frustrating but we are going to keep working and get better.
“We did have a lot of things going against us and we had an opportunity to win in the end. One thing we have to continue to work on is keeping our composure throughout the game when we don’t get calls or when things don’t go our way.”
Wilmington travels to Gardner Park to play the Washington Blue Lions, 3-1 on the year. Killen said Washington is a young team with good talent. They’ve had three runaway victories this season.
For Wilmington, it’s the second of three straight road games. For Washington, it’s the second of four consecutive home games.