Ryan Wiggins has his DeSales football team cruising with five consecutive victories, but he is wary of his squad's next opponent, St. Charles.
The teams meet in a CCL contest Friday, Oct. 18, at St. Charles, which is 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the league. The Cardinals have scored only 14 points in their last two contests, a 30-7 league loss to Hartley on Oct. 4 and a 20-8 loss to Lucas on Oct. 11.
"When you look at (the Cardinals') season, they have been very solid defensively and they returned a lot of guys from a unit last year that just kept getting better and better," said Wiggins, whose team is 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the CCL. "I think it will be exciting. We have great crowds at CCL games and they are always a lot of fun. The kids put a lot of effort into these games."
The Cardinals are led by running back Luke Eversole, who has rushed for 976 yards and 10 touchdowns on 184 carries. Against Lucas, the senior rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
"They do a good job scheme- and identity-wise," Wiggins said. "I like their back, Eversole, and they do a good job of running the ball. They do a great job with execution."
St. Charles coach Deke Hocker is glad to be returning home after the tough loss at Lucas.
"They beat us, and now it's time to turn the page and move on," he said. "We have to lick our wounds and get healthy. They controlled the line of scrimmage. It was that kind of game.
"I think we need to go back to the basics of pad level, playing fast and taking care of the football. We need to do all of the things that help win the line of scrimmage and win games."
The Stallions are coming off a 28-7 win at Dayton Belmont on Oct. 11. They had two running backs rush for more than 100 yards in Quintell Quinn (18 carries, 155 yards, 1 TD) and Jaylen Ball (19 carries, 108 yards, 2 TDs).
"They have got some good linemen, and they have some good skill guys," Hocker said. "You have to play a disciplined game against them.
"Also, it's a CCL game. We don't have time to sit around and think about (the loss to Lucas). We have to move on, get better and get back to work. We have no option. We have no choice."