EUREKA – Very little has gone right lately for Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland, as the Falcons are in the midst of a 21-game losing streak. Through two contests this season, they have rarely been in opponent’s territory, which has meant the Falcons have yet to reach the end zone.
“You know, honestly, I have not thought about that,” said Eureka coach Jason Bachman of using the fact the Falcons have been held scoreless as motivation. “Our motivation is to use this game to cleanup and get better. That’s what we have to focus on.”
The Hornets meet FCW, who is now in a co-op with Roanoke-Benson, in a crossover Heart of Illinois Conference encounter. Kickoff is set for Friday at 7 p.m. at Woodland.
Senior Clayton Sibert returns at quarterback for the hosts. Also back is senior lineman Jake Albertson and sophomore lineman Kyle Uhl. FCW/R-B will again operate out of a flexbone scheme.
Eureka’s first two foes used the wing-T.
“They’re not a whole lot different. They’ll give you a couple of different looks,” said Bachman.
The Falcons have surrendered 87 points in road losses to Rockford Christian and Heyworth. They have allowed at least 30 points in each of the last 21 games. Sibert (linebacker), Albertson (line) and Uhl (line) are two-way players.
“They’re actually a high blitz team. They will not line up at the same spot twice,” pointed out Bachman.
Tyler Matteson is in his third season as coach of the Falcons. Eureka leads the all-time series two to zero, as they have outscored them 100 to eight. Last season, the Hornets rushed for 380 yards on the ground and averaged almost 12 yards per attempt.
According to Bachman, the Hornets’ objective is two-fold: win and stay away from any impactful injuries.
“Not only keeping everybody healthy, you have to be clean,” he said. “With the unpredictability of a team, you do not know. We’re not overlooking them. We’re too young to do that.”
Placekicker Cade Gold (hip flexor) is expected to be back for Friday, while receiver Nathaniel Aikman (groin) is listed as doubtful. Two-way starter Alex Brittain (dehydration) left in the second quarter of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley game, but he is expected to be ready to go.
Notes: The co-op allowed 473 points a season ago and scored just 64. Against Heyworth, FWC/R-B committed as many turnovers (four) as they registered first downs (four). Besides Eureka, Woodland will also be the site of the week eight contest for the Falcons versus Tremont.