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Westside Football Dealing with Injuries Going into Matchup Against Papio South

Westside’s varsity football team is looking to keep their 15-game winning streak alive, as they take on the Papio South Titans at 7 p.m. on Friday.

The Papio South Titans are hungry for a win, coming off a 28-21 loss against the Gretna Dragons. The Warriors on the other hand are trying to recoup after escaping Papio 31-28 in week three. Senior quarterback Kolby Brown expressed that there are some similarities to the Titans and the Monarchs, such as in their physicality. He believes the Titans will be a good challenge, just as the Monarchs were last week. 

“I think they are both really good challenges, they are both physical,” Brown said. “Papio is a little bigger up front but South is just as physical so I think it will be good for us. We needed a close game to show we can play tight games. It’s not always going to be a blowout, you always have to close out those close ones.”

Last week the Monarchs started with a 75-yard touchdown pass, which set the tone early for the game. Senior Jack Wimmer said that changes are getting made to ensure they are ready for a possible early scoring opportunity by the Titans. 

“We are switching a lot of guys around this week with injuries, new spots that need to be filled and looking on for the weeks ahead,” Wimmer said. “We have a lot of new defensive spots that are being filled that we think will really help us in the long run and we are just really trying to nail our jobs that need to be done.”

The Warriors are going to have to rely on many of their backups this week. Injuries to starters Tommy Connelly, Jahmez Ross, Trevor Spady, RJ Eckhardt and Jack Wimmer have caused a lot of movement in the depth chart.Wimmer says the team just needs to stay focused on the task at hand.

“It’s pretty much just the next guy up whatever spot needs to be filled,” Wimmer said. “We just have people ready to fill it and we can’t let it hender our season or knock us off track. Obviously it sucks when people get hurt but we can’t let it bring our season down.” 

The Warriors will host the Papillion-LaVista South Titans on Friday Sept. 17 at 7 p.m at Phelps Field. The game will be streamed live on westsidewired.net.

 

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