On the rebound

PrepsKC staff

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 1, 2017 - 10:36 PM



Midway through the second quarter, Jeremiah Wilson told the Center coaching staff he was going to score on the next play – and that’s exactly what he did.

Wilson ran through four Pembroke Hill defenders on his way to a 68-yard touchdown as he led the Yellowjackets to a 28-7 road victory.

The 6-foot, 200 pound running back dominated as Center rebounded from a loss in the second week of the season to Nevada.

Wilson finished with three touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air to go along with 179 yards rushing on 12 attempts and 82 yards receiving on three catches.

“It makes us coaches look smart,” Center coach Bryan DeLong said of Wilson. “I was smart when I had Maliek Collins and I’m smart when I have Jeremiah Wilson. He’s a genetically gifted kid, has great parents and he works hard.”

While he may have made DeLong look smart, he also looked like a standout running back in the process. His second score of the night might be the best run he has all year.

As he broke to the right side, he worked through the Pembroke Hill defense in impressive fashion.

“He got tackled four or five times and he just said Ok and kept going,” DeLong said. “He’s powerful, tough and kind of enjoys the contact.”

Wilson just kept waiting for the hit that was going to bring him down.

“I don’t know what they were doing,” Wilson said. “They should have hit me low. They kept arm tackling me.”

After jumping out a 21-0 lead, Pembroke Hill showed some life midway through the third quarter when quarterback Bert Bean hit Yakini Kasimu on a shovel pass. Kasimu raced down the sideline for a 60-yard score.

With the lead cut to 14, the Yellowjackets gave the ball back to the Raiders after a three-and-out.

Then, the Center defense stepped up. DeLong challenged his defense after a less than impressive performance the previous week.

Even with the stronger performance this week, DeLong knows Center has work to do.

“I still feel like we are in the stage of Week 1 and Week 2 where we have things to clean up, but we are in Week 3 so we have to get on that in a hurry and get better,” he said.

On the Pembroke Hill said, the Raiders dropped to 2-1. It was a loss that head coach Sam Knopik wasn’t pleased with, but also so improvement from previous years.

“These guys played a really physically ball game,” Knopik said. “These guys were playing physical football against a team they’ve struggled to have a competitive game against ever. But that was the fish that got away, not a moral victory.”