The biggest challenge for the football team at Gordon this season will be trying to replace 16 seniors. The Rams (5-5) shared the section title with Hales and Leo and advanced to the Catholic League playoffs.
The first test for this inexperienced squad would be a matchup with De La Salle. The Meteors are led by one of the top running backs in the Catholic League, Mikale Wilbon.
Wilbon opened the season with one of the best performances ever on opening day with 331 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 42-13 win over Lane.
Wilbon turned in another solid effort scoring four touchdowns as De La Salle (2-0) beat Gordon (1-1) 34-0. Wilbon rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns.
The defense did its job limiting the Rams to only 164 yards of total offense.
Gordon head coach Bill Jeske was impressed with the Meteors.
“I think they are the real deal,” Jeske admitted after the loss. “They are a force. Great coaching. Great athletes. One of the better teams you will see.”
Speaking of challenges, the Meteors will face Mt.Carmel (2-0) this weekend. Mt. Carmel has won 10 state football championships.
De La Salle jumped out to a 27-0 lead at halftime as Wilbon scored four times. Wilbon scored on long plays of 15, 74, and 35 yards before turning a short pass into a 24-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Wilbon, who is a junior, will be a player to watch in the next two years.
“He was ahead of everybody as a sophomore,” De La Salle head coach Dan O’Keefe said. “The difference between this year and last year is he is stronger and faster.”
“He’s one of the best I’ve seen,” Jeske stated.
Wilbon ran behind tackle Jamarco Jones. When Wilbon wasn’t running behind Jones, he was breaking tackles that turned into long plays and first downs.
“We spend a good portion of practice on tackling,” Jeske said. “It didn’t show up today. They are a good team. We made them look better.”
The Meteors also made plays in the passing game as quarterback Shelby Spence completed six passes for 118 yards.
Gordon starts defense of its section title this Friday night at Elmhurst College with a game against St. Joseph.
“Our goal is state playoffs and defend our (section) title,”Jeske said.