Wildcat football struggle in season opener

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Coming into the year, the Wilsonville Wildcats knew that they were going to face some challenges due to the loss of over 30 seniors from last year’s team. In addition, the ‘Cats had to start out the season facing a consensus top-5 5A team in the Crater Comets. The ‘Cats had some bright moments, but ended up falling to the Comets 40-0. 

When asked about how the difficult non-conference affects the rest of the season, senior lineman and captain Noah Ochs said that playing a difficult schedule helps to prepare for the playoffs where they would have to face teams of similar talent. In addition, he said playing good competition gives the team an idea of how they stack up against other top 5A teams. 

Despite the difficult start to the season, the Wildcats are looking ahead to next week and trying to not dwell too much on the past. When asked what the ‘Cats are looking to improve for next week, Ochs said, “I think for next week our biggest concern is just erasing little mistakes and making our defense/offense run smoothly.” 

Regarding goals for the rest of the season, Ochs said that they would like to take it one game at a time. Also, he stated that they want to fine-tune both their offense and defense in hopes of making a playoff run. Next week, the Wildcats travel out to Eugene to face the Churchill Lancers.