Coach Kenny Loomis and the Wildwood High School Warriors battled
through their usual late-summer numbers issues and hope to field a
competitive team this season.
“The major positive is that we have our offensive line and quarterback
returning this year,” Loomis said. “That experience is going to pay
off huge this year.”
Loomis is referring to senior signal-caller Christian Tyson, and
linemen Kenzee Delgado, Divad Reyes, Connor Heym, Michael Juarez and
The coach thinks his core group will shake off a winless 2016 campaign
-- Loomis’ first -- and begin to reach for the next level.
“Last year was the beginning of a new era for our program,” Loomis
said. “All of the kids had a bit of adjustment period to the new
philosophy, but they began to pick it up after a few weeks.
The Warriors are healthy heading into the season, which Loomis thinks is key.
“That’s crucial to be injury-free, especially with our numbers,” he
said. “We will continue to work week to week to get better and compete
during the season. Success builds interest, and we have athletes from
other sports and students that will be playing for the first time this
Senior linebacker Vito Hernandez will be one of the leaders on
defense, and senior Nate Lopez returns at wide receiver. Junior Davon
Jones will step into a starter’s role at wideout and defensive back.
“We need leadership if we are going to be successful,” Loomis said.
“It doesn’t matter whether the leaders are freshmen or seniors.”
The Warriors will search for that elusive first win since 2014 with a
clear in-game philosophy.
“We plan on controlling the clock and controlling the game,” Loomis
said. “If we can control the tempo, we have a fighter’s chance. The
key to our season is playing smart, sound football.”
-- end of story --
Coach: Kenny Loomis (0-10, 1 season)
League/Group: Tri-County Conference, Classic Division, Group I
Last season: 0-10
Playoff appearances: 1
2017 prediction: Rebuilding
Game to watch: The Warriors host Lower Cape May Regional on September 29.
Top newcomers: Karl Brown, So., WR/DB, 5-11, 180; Dylan Callahan, Jr.,
WR/DB, 5-11, 180; Cecilio Concepcion, So., OL/DL, 6-3, 240; Greg
Mitchell, Fr., WR/DB, 6-0, 210; Keniel Rivera, Sr., TE/DL, 6-3, 215.
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