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The Wilson Hall football team has had a rough couple of weeks, playing Porter-Gaud and Hammond in back-to-back contests, but the Barons should have a slightly easier matchup as they host Pinewood Prep on Friday.
Both teams come into the game winless and are hungry to be the team to get rid of the zero in the win column.
"We've gotta play. We've been worried about us for the last couple of weeks and fixing us," said head coach Adam Jarecki. "Against Porter-Gaud, we turned it over four times and just had a sloppy night. Then, of course, last week we were just overmatched. But we've just got to get our stuff right so we can have some success."
Pinewood Prep is led by Myron Wigfall at quarterback. He's surrounded by a few strong skill players, which includes running back Cameron Carroll and wide receiver Josh Higuchi. Pinewood hasn't put up a ton of offense so far this season. The Panthers were held scoreless against Hammond and failed to crack double digits against Ben Lippen and Heathwood Hall. Their lone game in double figures was a 56-22 loss to Trinity Byrnes.
"What they do on offense can give you trouble. They put guys in space, and we've got to make plays," said Jarecki. "If you don't make a play, it turns into a big play for them."
Jarecki isn't paying too much attention to Pinewood Prep's early struggles. He's more concerned with making sure his team plays a clean game, which it hasn't done in a few weeks.
"It depends on us. If we have 150 yards in penalties like we did against Heathwood (a 10-7 loss to open the season), we're not going to win. If we turn it over four times like we did against Porter-Gaud, we're not going to win," said the Barons head coach. "We're worried about us and taking care of what we do."
Jarecki is preaching patience to his team this week, particularly on offense. The Barons are going to try to run their system and wear Pinewood Prep down.
"We gotta be patient and take what they give us," said Jarecki. "What they do determines what we do, and we have to trust in that system and be patient. We can't afford to have a big penalty or a turnover, because we're trying to move the ball down field and keep it from them, and when we do those things, it messes that up."
At the end of the day, Jarecki is looking forward to seeing his team compete. After facing a Hammond team that has been a SCISA juggernaut for years, he's glad to have a winnable game to get back on track.
"It's an opportunity for them to match up," said the Wilson Hall head coach. "Last week (against Hammond), going into it you're going up against probably the best team that's ever played SCISA and nobody in SCISA has been able to touch them the last couple of years, so you have to be realistic. They outweighed us everywhere and had speed. It would've taken a whole lot of things to play with them. That's not the case this week. We're looking at a similar-sized roster, they have the same number of kids that go both ways that we do. There's no excuses. You just line up and play, and whoever makes the fewest mistakes will win."
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