Football: Wilmington gets past Sandwich 13-7
By Mike Fitzgerald For Sun-Times Media September 7, 2013 1:10AM
Updated: September 7, 2013 4:44PM
Sandwich (0-2) led Wilmington (2-0) 7-0 at halftime on a 39-yard touchdown run by running back Kody Randa before the Wildcats used two third-quarter touchdown runs by junior quarterback Mason Southall to take a 13-7 lead.
At halftime, Wilmington coach Jeff Reents had what he termed “a conversation” with his football team about its play in the first half. The Wildcats responded with a 13-play, 89-yard scoring drive to open the third quarter, capped by Southall’s 5-yard run to tie the score at 7-7 with 4:49 left in the period.
In addition to his two TD runs (5 and 1 yard, respectively), Southall completed 3-of-4 passes for 80 yards. The Wildcats’ Nick McWilliams rushed for 89 yards on 17 carries.
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Wilmington’s defense held the Indians to one first down in the second half. The Wildcats outgained Sandwich 246 yards to 135 yards in total offense.
“We’re coming off of our rival game (against Coal City) and playing a team that got beat last week and we were not playing as intense as we should have. Sandwich is a playoff perennial and they gave us a great shot and we responded in the second half. In the first half, we were on our heels. You have to give a lot of credit to Sandwich.” — Reents