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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 11:00 pm | Updated: 2:50 pm, Fri Jan 6, 2012.

Wesley Hills and the rest of the Wildwood High School football team haven't lost their optimism.

The team hasn't won a game since 2008.

That hasn't stopped the Warriors from jumping head first into the upcoming season.

"We're pretty positive that we can have a winning season," Hills said without hesitation.

Hills said the team has no problem staying positive after a few tough seasons.

"You go to practice the next day and keep working hard to get ready for the next game," Hills said.

"We have 25 determined guys out there this year that will see the whole season through.

"It's going to be a good season. We have positive guys. We don't have anyone that has a bad attitude. We go out there and do what we have to do."

Hills is a junior.

He is the team's running back and plays defensive end.

"He's one of the most talented running backs in our league by far," said assistant coach Rich Hans in preseason information packets.

Hills is one of the team's best players on both sides of the ball.

"I just work hard to help my team out in any way possible," Hills said.

"I love to hit, so right after offense I get right back out there and get ready to hit somebody. They deliver the hits and I get out there and try to do the same thing."

Zak Barrett, Eddie Lopizzo and Sergio Jimenez are all four-year starters.

Barrett will play quarterback and free safety. Lopizzo will play center and middle linebacker and Jimenez will take the field at offensive guard and defensive tackle.

Unlike Barrett, Lopizzo and Jimenez, Hills has yet to win a game on the high school level.

He expects that to change this season.

The Warriors' last win came on Oct. 10, 2008, a 24-18 victory against Clayton.

Wildwood plays at Clayton on Sept. 17.

"Last year we weren't too good with run stopping," Hills said. "We have worked hard on that as well as our coverage.

"I'm really excited. I can't wait for the first game. Friday night under the lights - nothing beats it."

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LEAGUE/GROUP: West Jersey Football League Classic Division/South Jersey Group I

COACH: Jamie Peterson (0-10, one season)

2010 RECORD: 0-10

2011 PREDICTION: Rebuilding. If the Warriors can stay healthy they may be able to upset a few teams.

GAME TO WATCH: Sept. 17 at Clayton. Always a good game, Wildwood's last win came against Clayton during the 2008 season.


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Cape-Atlantic League National Conference

School Conference Overall
St. Augustine Prep 7-0 8-2
Bridgeton 7-1 8-3
Cedar Creek 6-1 7-2
Buena Regional 5-3 5-5
Ocean City 3-4 4-5
Middle Township 2-5 3-6
Vineland 2-6 2-7
Pleasantville 1-6 2-7
Lower Cape May Regional 0-7 0-8

Cape-Atlantic League American Conference

School Conference Overall
Holy Spirit 7-0 10-0
St. Joseph 6-1 9-1
Millville 6-2 7-3
Hammonton 5-2 6-3
Atlantic City 3-4 4-5
Absegami 2-5 4-5
Oakcrest 1-6 2-7
Mainland Regional 1-6 3-6
Egg Harbor Township 1-6 2-7

Shore Conference A South

School Conference Overall
Jackson Memorial 6-1 7-3
Brick Township 5-2 8-3
Toms River South 5-2 7-3
Brick Memorial 4-3 6-4
Lacey Township 3-4 5-5
Southern Regional 3-4 4-5
Toms River East 1-5 3-6
Toms River North 0-6 1-8

Shore Conference B South

School Conference Overall
Barnegat 5-1 9-1
Central Regional 5-2 5-4
Monsignor Donovan 4-2 4-5
Lakewood 4-3 6-3
Jackson Liberty 3-4 4-5
Manchester Township 3-3 3-6
Pinelands Regional 1-5 1-8
Pt. Pleasant Boro 1-6 1-9

West Jersey Football League Royal Division

School Conference Overall
Camden 4-0 9-1
Delsea Regional 4-1 9-2
Woodrow Wilson 3-1 4-5
Bishop Eustace 1-4 5-4
Cumberland Regional 1-4 1-8
Deptford 1-4 1-8

West Jersey Football League Classic Division

School Conference Overall
Pennsville 5-0 8-2
Salem 4-1 5-5
Gloucester 3-2 3-6
Clayton 1-3 3-6
Pitman 1-3 2-7
Wildwood 0-5 2-5

Scoring leaders

Name School Total points
Lamont Harris St. Augustine Prep 126
Stefon Bowman Bridgeton 110
David Hood Absegami 108
Christian Tutela Lacey Township 100
Taalib Gerald Holy Spirit 96
Cappadonna Miller Bridgeton 92
Ryquell Armstead Millville 90
Rob Ennis Millville 90
Cody Sampson St. Joseph 84

Rushing touchdowns

Name School TDs
Lamont Harris St. Augustine Prep 21
Stefon Bowman Bridgeton 16
David Hood Absegami 15
Taalib Gerald Holy Spirit 14
Ryquell Armstead Millville 13

Passing touchdowns

Name School TDs
Tom Kelly Lacey Township 19
Jose Tabora St. Augustine Prep 19
Jamir Prevard Atlantic City 16
Ty Mindish Mainland Regional 13

Receiving touchdowns

Name School TDs
Christian Tutela Lacey Township 14
Austin Francisco St. Augustine Prep 12
Alex Padovani Hammonton 7
Isiah Graves Atlantic City 7
Jim Brennan Mainland Regional 7
LaDarrell Dixon Oakcrest 7

Field goal leaders

Name School Number Longest in yards
Jon Kubricki Pinelands Regional 5 36
Ryan Ulrich Barnegat 4 37
Joe Stadnicki Ocean City 4 38
Franco Rifici Holy Spirit 4 27
Alex Padovani Hammonton 3 30
Ryan Davis Cumberland Regional 3 47
Kyle Snow St. Augustine Prep 3 32
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