Dwight football preview for Week 4
After having got off to a decent start, Dwight’s Trojans will be tested this week against Clifton Central in a Sangamon Valley Conference tilt on the Comets’ home field.
“We are where we expected to be,” DTHS head coach Andy Pittenger said this week. “We know that we have a lot to improve on but that is part of having a young team. You just have to concentrate on getting better each week.”
The Trojans are sitting at 2-1 on the season while Clifton is 1-2. Do not let the Comets’ record lead to undue optimism. Clifton’s losses are to Herscher, the third-ranked team in Class 4A, and to Tuscola, who is No. 2 in 1A.
“Clifton is a very good football team who has the advantage at almost every position,” Pittenger said. “It is going to be a tough week but our kids are up to the challenge.”
Dwight has a thin O line that only got thinner with two left guards gone for the season.
Still, Logan Graham is showing he is one of the best athletes in the SVC and Colton Holm has been effective. Clifton has allowed 112 points in its three games, but only seven last week in a 27-7 win over Paxton-Buckley-Loda.
The Trojans have put up 78 points while giving up just 30.
Clifton has put up points, which will be a challenge this week — trying to limit the opportunities for the Comets.
A loss this week should not dent any hopes of playing a 10th game this season. But a win will go a long way to making that goal.
“(We have to) continue to work on fundamentals and have quality practices where we are making progress,” Pittenger said.