Royals Prep For Mohawk

  • 9/27/2016 2:08:21 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

Wynford High School.  The 5-0 Wynford Royals will play host to 3-2 Mohawk this Friday night at home as they start off week six.  The Royals are the last undefeated team in the Mansfield area and are sitting atop the Northern Ten standings with Seneca East.  The Royals are also third in Region 22 of Division Six in the OHSAA computer football rankings, something that head coach Gabe Helbert and the team never takes for granted.

"We say this all the time that every single year is different you are not guaranteed anything and we have a long way to go and a lot of getting better to do.  Mohawk (3-2) is coming to our place and they are going to be a challenge.  We better have a great week of practice again if we want a good showing on Friday night."

The 5-0 start is not lost on lineman Seth Hoffman who says it's never easy.  "It's tough.  For most teams, this a big game for them and they usually give us their best effort.  They (Mohawk) are a good team they run the ball well.  I think only we can beat ourselves."

"They do a lot of things well," says Helbert.  "They run the ball very well the quarterback is athletic and they do a nice job of getting #31 (Parker Brown) in the wildcat and he is a dynamic runner and he is a good defensive player too.  They play physical and play with great effort."

Says senior Jalon Brown, "They pass a lot, and our pass defense isn't the greatest, but we'll get better."  After this week the Royals will host Lima Central Catholic then will travel to Seneca East.  The Tigers like the Royals head into week six at 5-0. For Brown, he thinks the team does a nice job of not looking ahead.  As he puts it, "Just practice for the team you are going to play that Friday."  

With the season 50% finished, the Royals have again put themselves in a position to not only win the N-10 but also advance to the postseason.   For Helbert and his staff, time seems to fly by once the season gets going.  "It's amazing how fast those ten weeks go.  Our 14 seniors are already halfway done with their careers and they only have five guaranteed games left. It's crazy how fast it goes."       

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