Week 5 Preview: East Clinton at Wilmington


By Mark Huber - mhuber@wnewsj.com



On Military Appreciation Night, the East Clinton football team enters the field for the game against McClain at ECHS.

On Military Appreciation Night, the East Clinton football team enters the field for the game against McClain at ECHS.


Mark Huber | News Journal

Through four weeks of the season, East Clinton has faced an opponent each week that was a former leaguemate.

Clinton-Massie, Cedarville, Hillsboro and McClain. East Clinton came up short in each game, falling last week 28-3 to McClain.

This week, another former league rival awaits the Astros. East Clinton travels to Wilmington for a non-league contest pitting division rivals in the SBAAC.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Alumni Field.

Last week, East Clinton had a new quarterback in Austin Rolfe, who replaced Gunner Neanover who is no longer on the team.

But because of East Clinton’s lack of size, Rolfe’s fate offensively was much the same as his predecessor.

“We are very undersized on both sides of the line of scrimmage,” EC coach Jeremy Yankey said.

And the big, stout Tigers took advantage by simply running over the Astros last week.

Wilmington will present another big challenge for the young Astros.

“They have good size on both the offensive line and defensive line,” Yankey said. “They have some quick playmakers on offense. They have a good kicking game with one of the top kickers around.”

Yankey said the East Clinton secondary has been a strong point.

“We expected our secondary to be pretty good this season and to this point they have been,” he said. “Unfortunately, they have the most tackles on the team as a group.”

The coach wasn’t give the defensive backs a break when it comes to improvement.

“We, as a team, still need to show improvement,” he said. “We can get better in all aspects of the game.”

On Military Appreciation Night, the East Clinton football team enters the field for the game against McClain at ECHS.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_FB4_ec_teamenters-2.jpgOn Military Appreciation Night, the East Clinton football team enters the field for the game against McClain at ECHS. Mark Huber | News Journal

By Mark Huber

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Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, via email mhuber@wnewsj.com or on Twitter @wnjsports

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