Coach Chad Wilmarth’s comments: “Watching all three of [Mendota’s] films, they’ve gotten better every single week. They’re about 60/40 run-to-pass. ... They moved the ball at times against North Boone and Rockford Lutheran, so we have to play good football against them.
The lowdown: Mendota likely will stack the box against Genoa-Kingston’s two tight end, single-wing formations. Wilmarth said they likely will employ a six-two defense to start the game.
“We have to focus on doing what we do well,” Wilmarth said. “Maybe we throw a few different elements in there. We were able to connect on a few passes last Friday. It was nice to see our boots and our floods work. The nice part is that those open up with the run game.”
Personnel-wise, Wilmarth said that the Cogs have a lot of depth at the skill positions. He specifically pointed out that junior Sam Rice has come in running hard, as well as the defensive play of Jake Stojan.
“Stojan is a great kid No. 1,” Wilmarth said. “He’s sneaky fast and has really good hands. Him on a quick flood or a deep route is something we need to keep working on. It would be great to utilize him.”