(WTVO/WQRF) — Hononegah will take a 23 game conference winning streak into it’s home matchup with Boylan Friday evening. Winning can be contageous.
“It definitely just sparks us to continue the legacy. It just makes us want to get better,” said Hononegah linebacker Lucas Hale of the winning streak.
Boylan will bring an nine-game conference winning streak of it’s own into this contest.. The Titans last loss was week four last season to Hononegah. The Titans in that game gave Hononegah it’s toughest battle all season before losing 17-6. It was a defensive struggle and this game could be the same considering Boylan’s dominance on defense. The Titans are giving up only six and a half points per game.
“I think every year there’s another level for us and we’re never satisfied,’ said Boylan linebacker Daniel Contreras.
“Coach Sal (Bryant Salamone) and coach (Ryan) Zarembski our linebacker coach they really let us go,” said Boylan lineman Max Caltagerone. “They let us play football. We’re confident in ourselves. We know that we’re always going to come out aggressive and fast.”
The Titans’ defense was at its best last week holding Auburn to six points and coming up with eight sacks and five takeaways.
“We’ve had guys fill in on the D-line who have just done a great job for us and been able to make plays and create turnovers,” said Boylan lineman Nick Fehrle.
“When the defense is hitting on all cylinders like that it’s a whole lot easier for the rest of us to relax and do our thing,” said Boylan head coach John Cacciatore.
The Indians will counter with an offense that has averaged 41 points per game. Senior quarterback Payton Mather gives the Indians a strong passing game and Christian Gomez has packed a strong punch running the ball.
“Christian’s been doing a great job of just lowering his shoulders and getting thorugh the line of scrimmage,” said Hononegah coach Brian Zimmerna. “He’s had some big runs in the last couple weeks.”
“We know that this is always going to be a big week for us and that Boylan is one of those teams that is well-coached and good athletes.”
“Every Boylan week we’re always 100 percent locked-in,” said Hale.
Contreras says the same goes for Boylan. “We’re all excited, and I think we’re all more than ready.”
“This is definitely a game that you circle I feel like before the year,” said Fehrle.
Kickoff for this game in Rockton has been moved up to a 5 p.m. start due to the threat of storms in the area. For highlights tune into WTVO 17 at 10 p.m. Friday and tune into the half-hour Sports Connection Saturday morning at 10:30 on MyNetwork TV and Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on Fox 39.