NAPERVILLE – Walking off the field after a loss is never a good feeling.
But according to Wheaton Warrenville South senior safety Jake Schultz, his team’s first hiccup of the fall, a 21-14 loss to Naperville North on Friday, might be a blessing in disguise.
“No one likes losing but it might be good to give us a reality check,” Schultz said. “We really haven’t done anything yet. We’ve won four games but we haven’t won state, we haven’t won the DVC.
“This might be a good boost for us, put some fire in our bellies.”
One thing the Tigers can’t do is dwell on the loss as they welcome undefeated Naperville Central for a crucial DuPage Valley Conference contest at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“We definitely have to put it [the loss] in the past,” the safety said. “It’s not one of those things where you hold on to it and let it bother you. But we will keep it there in the back of our minds and use it as motivation to keep working hard.
“We will definitely be ready to play this Friday against Naperville Central, there is no doubt about that.”
Wheaton Warrenville South’s defense will face a stiff test from a Redhawks’ offense that is averaging 45.6 points a game and is led by quarterback Jake Kolbe and wide receiver Ben Andreas.
“It will be a good challenge for the defense,” Schultz said. “Naperville Central has been putting up a lot of points. They are similar to Wheaton North with their offensive style. It’s more of a passing attack so the DBs will have to be ready.”
Against Naperville North, four turnovers proved too much for the Tigers (4-1 overall, 2-1 DVC) to overcome.
Wheaton Warrenville South scored on a 21-yard run by quarterback Ryan Graham and a 39-yard pass from Graham to Keishawn Watson.
“We definitely didn’t play our best football game,” Schultz added.
“We turned it over on offense, and defensively we didn’t generate enough turnovers. We had one pick but we had a couple of other opportunities. All across the board, everyone needed to step up.
“It was not the offense’s fault. As a team we didn’t play our best game of football.