WK 2 FB PREVIEW: Wilmington at Greenville

Wilmington High School football coach Scott Killen wasn’t ready to simply put the blame for Friday’s 52-31 loss to Valley View on the Hurricane defense.

There was plenty of fault to go around.

“We had breakdowns in all phases and against good teams, that is what gets you beat,” said Killen. “Valley View took full advantage of our mistakes. Valley View is ranked for a reason and we all saw why.”

Wilmington and Valley View were tied at 31-31 going into the final quarter in Week 1 but the Spartans gashed the Hurricane for 21 points in the fourth quarter and coasted to the victory.

“For three quarters, we played well and then missed assignments and poor communication on the field in the fourth put us in a hole,” Killen said. “We can’t have this one back but we definitely learned some things that you don’t learn playing against lesser opponents. We will fix them and move on. We still have a long season to go.”

The long season takes its next step Friday night when the Hurricane’s season-opening road trip continues at Greenville. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Wilmington’s offense, while piling up 509 total yards, did commit two turnovers and failed to score in the final period.

DJ Ames had 136 yards and a touchdown on 12 rushing attempts.

“DJ stepped up and played very well for us,” Killen said. “We really didn’t know how much he was going to be able to do since he had an injury against Hamilton and really hadn’t received many reps. He stepped up and had a phenomenal game.”

Dylan Beaguard went for 128 yards and two scores on nine carries and 90 yards receiving on 10 catches. The multi-dimensional player also completed two passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Cameron Coomer caught three balls for 53 yards while Mason McIntosh had two catches for 72 yards and a score.

Killen credited some of the rushing success to blocking on the perimeter by receiver Matt Smith.

“Matt Smith also had a very good game blocking for us on the edge,” the WHS coach said. “We challenged Matt during practice and he stepped up and did what we asked of him.”

Brady Evans was 16-29 passing for 182 yards.

Greenville, a member of the Greater Western Ohio Conference, is 0-1. The Green Wave lost to Eaton 24-19 last week.

“Greenville is a GWOC school with some big boys,” said Killen. “They are going to attack us and blitz and we have to be ready to pick it up and execute. Offensively, they want to run the ball behind their big offensive line.”

Jarrad Crist rushed for 135 yards and a score last week. Owen Paulus threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns, both to Marcus Woods who had 105 yards receiving.

Wilmington defeated Greenville 26-7 last season.

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DJ Ames rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown in last week’s loss to Valley View. Brady Evans (5) and Cameron Coomer (4) also are in the photo for the Hurricane.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/08/web1_wilmphoto.jpgDJ Ames rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown in last week’s loss to Valley View. Brady Evans (5) and Cameron Coomer (4) also are in the photo for the Hurricane. Ginger Lee Images By Brenda Bowman

By Mark Huber

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