WHITMIRE — The Whitmire Community School’s Wolverines face off against Branchville High School’s Yellow Jackets tonight and Coach Charlie Jenkins hopes to continue the team’s success with another win.
The Wolverines are coming off a big win against the Blue Flashed of Calhoun Falls Charter’ School, breaking a 44-game losing streak. Jenkins said part of the thanks for the win goes to the fans.
“We fed off the crowd, our effort and enthusiasm was off the charts,” Jenkins said. “I saw the crowd grow as the game went on. Folks were hurrying over once the word got out we might break our streak.”
He also gives credit to the team’s strength and conditioning coach.
“We did not have any cramps during the game, and came out with no injuries and we have a lot of players who play both sides of the ball,” Jenkins said. “This is a credit to Coach King, our strength and conditioning coach, and the players who showed up all summer to get ready for the season.”
Jenkins added that against the Blue Flashes, a number of things went in the Wolverines’ favor on the field.
“We hit some big plays and got those guys on their heels,” Jenkins said.
But, according to Jenkins, this is not how the Wolverines’ offense is supposed to run. He wants the team to be physical and wants to keep the ball away from the other team, which is the plan of attack for tonight’s game in Branchville.
Defensively, Jenkins credits coaches Campbell, King and Harp for putting together a game plan that the players executed well, but said it will not be the same game plan for the Yellow Jackets.
“Calhoun Falls is a finesse team, but Branchville will look to come right at us. We have to be willing to stand in there toe to toe with them and be physical if we want to win Friday night,” Jenkins said.
The Wolverines battle the Yellow Jackets in Branchville, the Wolverines first away game, at 7:30 p.m.