The most important thing this year for the Wildwood High School football team is to break its three-year winless streak.
Wildwood went 0-9 last fall. The Warriors’ last win was in 2014.
Coach Ken Loomis has a young team at the skill positions but has experience on the offensive and defensive lines.
“One of our goals is that we’d like to get a win,” Loomis said. “Getting that first one is the hardest. Once you do, two, three and four will come easier. We want to be competitive. We want everyone to come out and do their job, not someone else’s job. If we do that, we’ll be successful.”
Returning to the offensive and defensive lines are Kenzee Delgado, Divad Reyes and Cody Koelle. Greg Mitchell, a sophomore who previously played wideout, is the quarterback. The Warriors’ running backs are sophomore Miguel Claudio and freshmen Xavier Figueroa and Dom Troiano. Freshman Ernie Troiano (he, Dom and a sister are triplets) can also play quarterback.
Most of the Warriors will play on both offense and defense.
“It’s a good group,” Loomis said. “They’re young, energetic and excited. We have six to 10 freshmen, and we’re looking forward to building up with them. Things are good, but it’s tough in a tourist town for guys to get to practice when they have jobs on the Boardwalk.
“The team has a priority that we’re ready to roll back the tide and turn the program around to where it should be.”
Wildwood is in a realigned Classic Division of the West Jersey Football League. New division opponents are Riverside and Robbinsville. Pitman is another new opponent.
“We’re looking forward to the season,” Loomis said. “The new teams we play are smaller teams, and we’re all kind of equal, with 20 to 30 players. It’s small-town football.”