WILBER – While Class C2 #1 Wilber-Clatonia gave up their first points of the season two weeks ago, they are having no issues with their competition. They have outscored their opponents 248-14. That is 49.6 points scored and 2.8 points given up per game.
They are just shy of the Class C2 state record of 53.5 points per game in a season.
Head Coach Lynn Jurgens attributes a lot of the success to the line play on both sides of the ball.
“Yeah, well our first team defense, nobody has scored on them yet this year. The only points we’ve given up have been our second and third teams. Our first team defense is dynamite, but what makes us so good is our front line on both sides of the ball are just really good. When you have a good front line, it makes play calling easy on offense and it makes it pretty tough for opposing offenses,” said Jurgens.
Last season, in Class C1, the Wolverines were eliminated by the eventual state champions, Columbus Scotus, in the state semifinals. Coach Jurgens believes they have improved this year, but that chip on the shoulder certainly helps.
“Well, I think it’s a little bit of both. We do have a little bit of a chip on our shoulder from last year, but also, we are executing really well. Our kids are working hard and that’s what it takes,” declared Jurgens.
The Wolverines remaining opponents have a combined record of 9-11, but Coach Jurgens doesn’t want to look past any opponents.
“Well, Palmyra, we got them Friday and they’re pretty tough. They got good athletes on the outside, so they’re going to present a challenge. Yutan is really good. They lost their first two games to teams that are in the top five right now, and both of the games were really close, so Yutan is going to be a big threat to us. Freeman, obviously, at the end of the year is very good, too. Yeah, we got three tough games coming up yet,” stated Jurgens.
Regardless, Wilber-Clatonia is 5-0 and #1 in Class C2 currently. They Wolverines will host Palmyra on Friday.