By Steve Robinson | August 20, 2011 - 10:57 pm
Posted in Category: Pekin Daily Times, Pekin HS

WASHINGTON – Washington Community High head football coach DarrellCrouch knows his team must hurdle over its competitors in the Mid-IlliniConference to win its championship outright.

Last year, Crouch’s team finished7-3, including a regular season loss to Morton and ending the season in afirst-round playoff shelling by Joliet Catholic.

Crouch and his team, obviously,look to better that record and make it back to the IHSA playoffs. But first,the Panthers need to get past the teams in their conference, and especiallypast teams Crouch sees as sitting atop the conference – Morton, Metamora, andDunlap.

“Our goal is to win the conference,”Crouch said. “The last four years, we’ve either been first or second. We wantto be first.”

Position-By-Position: Senior Isaac Fisher has the controls asquarterback this season, going into his third year as a starter. That gives Fisheranother opportunity to hand off to four guys who have spend as their strongpoint: Senior running back Kyle Zimmerman; Juniors Austin Harrell, Austin Reel,and Brent Brown.

Of those players, Crouch explained,“they will be our four frontrunners at that position.”

At wide receiver, Crouch is lookingfor contributions from senior Justin Robinson and sophomore Chris Friend.Robinson and Friend will be joined by a player who is new to the Panthersprogram this year, junior Anthony DiMito. DiMito transferred to WCHS fromSpring Valley Hall High School.

On the offensive line, seniors JoshHack and Mike Ernst; juniors West Pyle, Evan Cooper, Kyle Clark, and BradKuchenbecker; and sophomore Cole Stark will become responsible for holding backopposing oncoming defenses.

Sophomore Friend and junior runningback J. D. Eddy will serve as the kicking unit for the Panthers this season,with Fisher doing some kicking as well.

“We’re, right now, trying to workthings out to see who’s the most consistent,” Crouch said, explaining his team’spreparation for its kicking game.

On defense, holding the front linewill be Kuchenbecker, with juniors Chris Sexton and Kyle Clark rotatingfrequently at defensive tackle. Also on the line at defensive end is seniorJustin Robinson. Also part of the defensive line are junior Jake Moline, juniorJosh Fager, and senior Mason Wright.

Junior Louis Favre will serve asmiddle linebacker, joined by senior weak-side linebacker Charlie Ludolph, andFriend at strong-side linebacker.

Squib Kicks: Washington hosts Pekin Community High for itshomecoming game Sept. 23….Junior defensive back Dominic Carrol is sidelined forthe next 4-6 weeks with a strained knee…..WCHS has 12 seniors on its roster aswell as five players who play the game on both sides of the ball.

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