In the huddle with Wildwood High School's Wesley Hills - High School Football

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In the huddle with Wildwood High School's Wesley Hills

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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 2:27 am, Fri Oct 28, 2011.

It's no wonder Wesley Hills is a football standout.

The Wildwood High School junior says "touchdown" was the first word he ever said.

"My dad (also named Wesley Hills) was a real big Eagles fan," Hills said. "We would watch the games. Whenever they scored I would say 'touchdown.' Everybody was surprised when I said it."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Hills excels at running back and linebacker for the Warriors (1-6). He has rushed 134 times for 826 yards and five touchdowns. Hills also leads the team with 48 tackles.

Hills says he owes a lot of credit for his development as a player and as a person to Thomas Seibert, a longtime coach with the Wildwood Warriors youth football team. Seibert died in August at age 37.

The Wildwood football team has struggled for years. With an enrollment of fewer than 300, the school is one of the state's smallest. The Warriors won their first game since 2008 with a 28-13 win over Clayton on Sept. 17.

But when asked about the program's struggles, Hills was quick to note that Wildwood has produced some outstanding players throughout the years. Wildwood alumni include Randy Beverly, who played in Super Bowl III with the New York Jets, and Billy Osborne, a standout at the University of Pittsburgh in the late 1980s.

Hills also plays basketball in the winter and runs track and field in the spring.

Wildwood's football season is winding down with three games left, including tonight's contest at Schalick (3-3). In a telephone interview Monday night, Hills spoke about a number of topics.

On Seibert's role in his life: I was a goofball to start out. He straightened me out. I thought of him as a second father.

On persevering through Wildwood's struggles: I don't step on the field thinking we're going to lose. I feel we can win every game we play. That keeps me driving. I hate losing as much as the next guy, and we lose (most) games. But I want to keep pushing myself.

On living in Wildwood: You know how busy it is in the summer and all that. But around the winter during football season it's kind of quiet. I prefer the winter. I'm a big winter guy. I like it cold outside. That's perfect football weather.

On whether he prefers playing offense or defense: That's tough. I like hitting people as much as I do love running the ball.

On his football achievements sometimes getting overlooked because he plays for Wildwood: Sometimes I feel like that. I have to go out there and work even harder to get my name out there. I use it as motivation.

On being a three-sport athlete: It gets kind of hard, but I love being active.

On those who say Wildwood shouldn't have a football team: People who say that don't know all the great talent we have at our school and the athletes that have come out of our school. We scored more points this year than in the last two years. I would say Wildwood football is (improving).

On his athletic future: My biggest dream is to play college football.

As told to Michael McGarry

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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

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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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