Week 9 Preview: Wilmington at Western Brown


By Mark Huber - mhuber@wnewsj.com



Grant Mayer (22) gets the signal from the official (upper left) and teammate Chris Custis (8) celebrates a touchdown during last week’s game with Batavia.

Grant Mayer (22) gets the signal from the official (upper left) and teammate Chris Custis (8) celebrates a touchdown during last week’s game with Batavia.


Brenda Bowman, Photos by Ginger Lee | News Journal

Once upon a time this season, Wilmington may have been favored in the week 9 matchup with Western Brown.

Then, maybe the two teams could be considered even.

After last week, the Broncos may very well be favored.

Wilmington plays at Western Brown with a 7 p.m. kickoff for the SBAAC American Division battle.

Western Brown pulled what may be considered an upset in Week 8 by defeating New Richmond 22-14, an outcome that ended the Lions six-game winning streak.

Last week while Wilmington was rolling up 49 points on Batavia, the Bulldogs were putting 64 on the Hurricane defense.

“Our offense played well enough to win,” WHS coach Scott Killen said. “We still had too many breakdowns and missing assignments on special teams and defense to win. Right now, it seems we can’t get out of our own way.”

The Hurricane had 417 yards overall with 272 coming through the air. Brady Evans has thrown for 2,078 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. Cameron Coomer (50-839-11) is the primary receiver but Mason McIntosh (43-515-2) has come on as of late.

Against Batavia, Wilmington had four receivers evenly matched in yardage totals so Evans is spreading the ball around.

At Western Brown, their isn’t much spreading the ball around. Quarterback Josh Taylor is the main focus of the offense. Yani Williams (62-767-9) is the top pass catcher.

But Taylor is a dual-threat player and maybe the top overall offensive player in the SBAAC.

“Western Brown has an explosive offense led by their QB,”Killen said. “In order for us to win, we have to play much, much better the second half of the game.”

Taylor is the SBAAC’s leading rusher with 1,183 yards and 10 touchdowns on 181 attempts.

As a passer, he ranks behind Evans with 2,039 yards. Taylor has 17 touchdowns on 167 of 291 passing (57.4 percent).

Grant Mayer (22) gets the signal from the official (upper left) and teammate Chris Custis (8) celebrates a touchdown during last week’s game with Batavia.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/10/web1_FB8_wil_mayertdBB-1.jpgGrant Mayer (22) gets the signal from the official (upper left) and teammate Chris Custis (8) celebrates a touchdown during last week’s game with Batavia. Brenda Bowman, Photos by Ginger Lee | News Journal

By Mark Huber

mhuber@wnewsj.com

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

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