'Cats won't look past Herscher on Homecoming

SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS after giving a second effort to gain a critical first down late in the game at Peotone Friday is Wilmington running back Kyle Farrell.
Photo by Elaine Ohlund

Jim Sheldon

It has all the makings of being a trap game. It's Homecoming and the only home game for the Wildcats before a rare three-game road trip that will go through Braidwood, Lisle and Streator, but Wilmington won't look past Herscher (1-3).
The Tigers were blitzed by Coal City last week 63-14. “First and foremost, we want our kids to have fun with the week. I think we learned earlier in the season that you can't look by anybody,” saidhead coach Jeff Reents.
“It's the same old things. You have to come in ready to play. Herscher doesn’t care that it's Homecoming for us.They are going to come at us with everything they've got and I think we're still a young football team and we need to continue to improve.”
Herscher gave up 380 rushing yards last week and accounted for 65 yards passing and 114 yards rushing.
“It doesn't matter who we're playing. We definitely have respect for Herscher and what they can do. They've got some nice kids.”
“We're going to have to work on our pass defense this week and take a look at what we can do better.”
The win streak for Wilmington has reached 23, but that number is not on the Wildcats' minds. The only number they care about is one. “Our kids hear about it and see it, but at the end of every Friywant to be 1-0. How many 1-0s can you put together?” said Reents.
“We don't talk about it. We're very fortunate and happy to be a part of it, but I think if you start talking about streaks, you forget about doing your job.”
One thing is certain, the coaching staff will have them ready to play Friday in front of the home crowd as they look for win number five on the year.