Standing in the way of the Wildcats is a familiar opponent, Rome High School, who they play Friday. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. — half an hour later than the usual time for high school football games.
“They [the Wolves] are a quality team and they are also the last game of the year,” coach Vince DiLorenzo said. “Those two things should make it easy for our players to get up for them. I think we won’t need much more motivation than that.”
The coach said this year’s Wolves, who are 7-2, are playoff-bound and will be a particularly tough challenge.
“They are a very physical, very hard-nosed team,” DiLorenzo said. “It’ll take a supreme effort on our part.”
This year’s Wolves have a lot of offensive firepower.
“They are physical and like to run the football,” he said. “They also have an improved ability to throw the ball and that has made them even more dangerous.”
That means the Wildcats must be prepared for both the run and the pass when Rome has the ball. “We’d love to be able to load up the box and stop the run, but we’re going to have to be balanced,” DiLorenzo said. “We’d love to be able to gamble a little and cheat up sometimes against them if they have a tendency but that may not be possible.”
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