By Jack Jeffrey | Pinewood Prep Contributor
The start to the season has certainly been a disappointing one for both Pinewood Prep and Wilson Hall respectively.
Neither team has been able to pick up a win so far, Pinewood sits at 0-4 while Wilson Hall enters the game 0-3. One of these teams will get in the win column however, as they are set to square off at Wilson Hall on Friday night at Spencer Field in Sumter.
While Wilson Hall has had a rough start to the season, historically they have been very successful in SCISA 3A. In 2015 they finished with a 9-2 record and have garnered much respect from Pinewood. “Despite them being winless on the season, Wilson Hall actually used to be a powerhouse. They were similar to a Hammond when I first started at Pinewood, but we’ve competed with them very well over the years, although they have gotten the better of us more often,” acknowledged Pinewood’s head coach Michael Wright.
Pinewood went in to their last game against Heathwood Hall with high expectations of keeping it competitive and possibly eeking out a win. However, they came out of the game with a 48-8 loss which will certainly sting.
The Panthers have looked to stay the course and keep a positive mentality despite the rough start they’ve been faced with. “Whenever you’ve lost four games in a row, the tendency is always to be down, we just try to keep a positive attitude and stay on task. We try to bring back the fundamentals, because that’s the most important thing we need to work on,” said Wright.
Pinewood may have another reason to keep their heads up as senior defensive linemen Raysheem Cherisol looks to make a return to the field. He has been sidelined for most of the year with a leg injury, but has been a full participant all week at practice. With many of Pinewood’s struggles on the defensive side, particularly in stopping the run, his addition could be tremendous.
Wilson Hall and Pinewood’s hopes of being real competitors in the region seem to be slipping away, but there certainly is a lot of pride at stake in their upcoming matchup. “A win would mean a lot for all of us,” said Wright. “It would really mean a lot to our players, because of the challenges they have faced in being perceived as, not so good. I think it would mean the world to them.
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