PREP FOOTBALL

Barons look to build on win over OP

Posted 9/15/17

With the Wilson Hall varsity football team set to line up across from SCISA 3A foe Cardinal Newman tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Spencer Field, head coach Adam Jarecki said he liked what he saw in last week's 31-21 victory over Orangeburg Prep and is …

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Barons look to build on win over OP

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With the Wilson Hall varsity football team set to line up across from SCISA 3A foe Cardinal Newman tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Spencer Field, head coach Adam Jarecki said he liked what he saw in last week's 31-21 victory over Orangeburg Prep and is looking forward to his team continuing to progress.

"It's another 3A test," said Jarecki, whose Barons improved to 2-1 with the hard-fought victory. "I'm excited about the way we played last week. I felt like we capitalized on some things and played well for four quarters last week, so we just kind of want to build on that."

The Cardinals are 2-2 with both losses coming in-conference against Orangeburg Prep and Laurence Manning. Wilson Hall stands at 1-1 in conference play, with their lone loss coming on the road against Porter-Gaud in Charleston. Jarecki said all games are important in the single-conference 3A ranks, but the Barons' approach is one game at a time.

"They're all important obviously, any time we play a 3A game," Jarecki said. "It's all for playoffs and seeding purposes and things like that; but we just want to take care of this week. We're not worried about what happens later. We've just got to try to stay healthy, and we want to be able to play four quarters."

It was the Wilson Hall defense that saved the day last week, with defensive back Harrison Hudson grabbing three interceptions, including one that sparked Wilson Hall to take a 21-14 lead and another that thwarted an Orangeburg Prep drive in the red zone, earning The Sumter Item Defensive Player of the Week honors. The Barons will be counting on another strong defensive performance, albeit against a different kind of offense.

"Cardinal Newman has a big squad with a lot of athletes, and they spread the ball around a lot, which is a little bit different from what we saw last week," Jarecki said. "Last week was kind of line up and come right at you. This week, it's going to spread you out and put the ball out in space."

The Cardinals are led by junior quarterback TJ Wise, who has thrown for 753 yards and six touchdowns in four games, completing 55 of 103 attempts with six interceptions. Wise's favorite target is senior receiver Patrick Reedy, who has four of the team's six touchdown receptions, along with 112 yards per game. Reedy averages 15.9 yards per catch.

"We're working on trying to stop what they like to do, but it's just a little bit different approach," Jarecki said. "Last week, we knew we were going to have to load up the box and take some things away because they were going to run the ball right at us. This is a little different. We're going to have to spread out with them, play really disciplined and everybody make sure they're in their spots because the ball is spread around all over the field."

Jarecki said he does have some concerns with injuries at key positions, but they would be game-time decisions.

"We're in a position that if a couple of people go down, we're in trouble," he said. "We've just got to be able to overcome that and be able to play through it. When we're healthy, we feel like we're pretty With the Wilson Hall varsity football team set to line up across from SCISA 3A foe Cardinal Newman tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Spencer Field, head coach Adam Jarecki said he liked what he saw in last week's 31-21 victory over Orangeburg Prep and is looking forward to his team continuing to progress.

"It's another 3A test," said Jarecki, whose Barons improved to 2-1 with the hard-fought victory. "I'm excited about the way we played last week. I felt like we capitalized on some things and played well for four quarters last week, so we just kind of want to build on that.

The Cardinals are 2-2 with both losses coming in-conference against Orangeburg Prep and Laurence Manning. Wilson Hall stands at 1-1 in conference play, with their lone loss coming on the road against Porter-Gaud in Charleston. Jarecki said all games are important in the single-conference 3A ranks, but the Barons' approach is one game at a time.

"They're all important obviously, any time we play a 3A game," Jarecki said. "It's all for playoffs and seeding purposes and things like that; but we just want to take care of this week. We're not worried about what happens later. We've just got to try to stay healthy, and we want to be able to play four quarters."

It was the Wilson Hall defense that saved the day last week, with defensive back Harrison Hudson grabbing three interceptions, including one that sparked Wilson Hall to take a 21-14 lead and another that thwarted an Orangeburg Prep drive in the red zone, earning The Sumter Item Defensive Player of the Week honors. The Barons will be counting on another strong defensive performance, albeit against a different kind of offense.

"Cardinal Newman has a big squad with a lot of athletes, and they spread the ball around a lot, which is a little bit different from what we saw last week," Jarecki said. "Last week was kind of line up and come right at you. This week, it's going to spread you out and put the ball out in space."

The Cardinals are led by junior quarterback TJ Wise, who has thrown for 753 yards and six touchdowns in four games, completing 55 of 103 attempts with six interceptions. Wise's favorite target is senior receiver Patrick Reedy, who has four of the team's six touchdown receptions, along with 112 yards per game. Reedy averages 15.9 yards per catch.

"We're working on trying to stop what they like to do, but it's just a little bit different approach," Jarecki said. "Last week, we knew we were going to have to load up the box and take some things away because they were going to run the ball right at us. This is a little different. We're going to have to spread out with them, play really disciplined and everybody make sure they're in their spots because the ball is spread around all over the field."

Jarecki said he does have some concerns with injuries at key positions, but they would be game-time decisions.

"We're in a position that if a couple of people go down, we're in trouble," he said. "We've just got to be able to overcome that and be able to play through it. When we're healthy, we feel like we're pretty solid."