SPRING VALLEY — The Hall Red Devils have gained a new-found momentum, putting a 12-game losing skid behind them thanks to a 48-8 route over rival Princeton last week.
Senior quarterback Cade Wozniak sees no reason why the Red Devils can’t start a win streak in the other direction, beginning with Friday’s Three Rivers Mississippi Contest vs. Kewanee at Nesti Stadium.
Kickoff for the BCR Game of the Week is 7:30 p.m.
“I think now that we got that monkey off our back that coach Tieman has been stressing. I think we’re going to roll,” Wozniak said. “Everyone seen on Friday in Princeton what our guys can do with time and space. I think it is going to be a good game this Friday, we just have to execute and play to our full potential like last Friday.”
That potential played out big time at Princeton when the Red Devils seemed to have everything going their way. James Mautino started the game out by returning the opening kick off for an 82-yard return to the house.
The Red Devils continued to roll with Wozniak passing for two touchdowns to Mautino (60, 18) and another to Steven Brust (50) for 211 yards total. James Buchanan (192 yards, 2 TDs) and Christian Stefaniak (89 yards, 1 TD) got the ground game rolling.
“Our offensive line has been playing with a lot of fire lately, giving me and the rest of the skill guys a great amount of time and space,” Wozniak said.
Hall coach Randy Tieman said the Red Devils need to continue to get better each week and build off the success they had at Princeton. He said the Boilermakers will pose a formidable challenge.
“Kewanee has a good mix on offense and a very good running back Deshawn Mabalcon (288 yards rushing, 2 TDs) and they have good size up front. We will need to contain him and not give up any big plays,” he said. “Offensively we need to continue to do what we did last week and have a good mix of pass and run, our O-line will have to continue to get better and block like we did last week.”
Kewanee coach Tyler Nichols, who led the Boilermakers to the 4A playoffs last year, said this week is going to be a great game.
“It’s always very difficult to go to Hall and win. They have multiple weapons on offense and their line is very much improved from a year ago,” he said. “Defensively, they always present challenges by bringing extra pressure and playing aggressively. Our keys to the game will be ball security, assignment football, and not giving up big plays.”
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