When teams don’t win, regardless of the sport, players many times will try to make every play a game-winner.
Such is the case for the Wilmington High School football.
“For us to win, I need to find a group of players that will do their job and not worry about doing more than we ask them to do,” WHS head coach Scott Killen said.
The Hurricane is 3-3 on the year and fresh off a 56-30 loss to SBAAC American Division rival New Richmond last week at Alumni Field.
Wilmington trailed 21-10 at halftime. A late Brady Evans to Cam Coomer scoring pass gave the Hurricane life in front of a large Homecoming crowd.
However, New Richmond scored four of the next five touchdowns and the blew the game wide open in the second half.
“The frustrating part is they (New Richmond) didn’t do anything different than we prepared for, except put Josh Anderson at running back,” Killen said. “We didn’t execute (defensively) the second half at all.”
Anderson rushed for more than 200 yards against the ‘Cane and scored three touchdowns.
For the game, the Lions ran for 247 yards on 28 attempts against WHS and this week’s opponent will do more of the same.
Goshen rushed for 419 yards last week in a 41-40 win over Western Brown.
“Goshen is a team that gets after it,” Killen said. “They are a hard-nosed running team that is going to run it 90 percent of the time.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Goshen’s Jim Brown Stadium.
Goshen is 4-2 and with the win over the Broncos last week have thoughts of winning an American Division title. For the Warriors, a 3-3 WHS squad has the fewest wins of the remaining teams on the schedule – 5-1 Clinton-Massie, 5-1 Batavia and 5-1 New Richmond.
Killen believes his squad has the right pieces in place to be successful in the W-L column. But some things must continue to develop in the proper direction before the Hurricane sees the wins increase.
“We are young and don’t handle adversity very well,” he said. “The kids are staying positive. The message to the team is simple, ‘Surrender the Outcome.’ If they trust the game plan, trust each other, and just do their job every play as hard as they can, the result will take care of itself.”
Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @wnjsports