The Casey-Westfield Warriors are in many ways a reflection of their coach. Jay Bohner is enjoying the success he’s helped build after coming over from Kankakee. You could say he’s something of a rebuilding guru, specializing in turning around struggling programs. “I really enjoy the process of tearing it down and building it back up and building confidence in young men and taking them from boys to men that’s why I got into coaching and I enjoy it,” he said.
Clearly that approach is working as they’ve won four games in a row. Senior quarterback Marcus Downs says the Warriors are playing with more confidence and it’s especially apparent on defense. “When we play a lot better on defense we got going on offense and start going on offense we got the stops on D so it’s a really nice combination,” Downs said.
The four game win streak is even more impressive when you consider the Warriors lost their first three games. Despite the slow start Bohner says they were competitive. “Even in our losses at the beginning of the season it wasn’t just like we were getting man-handled out there you know we fought and we played some pretty tough games and that carried into where we’re at now,” he said.
As they head into the final two games Bohner knows the meaning of what’s at stake for his seniors. “One of their goals these seniors is they don’t want to be the first class from Casey to never play in a playoff game and so their goal all along has been to do that and in order to do that we need to win tomorrow night and get that done,” Bohner said.
But the players aren’t just playing for themselves. They understand the impact football has on their community. “This town you know it’s getting back on it’s feet with the football atmosphere and everything because it’s been down these last four or five years and now it’s starting to get back so you just I don’t know the crowd the town around you is a lot more hyped up so that’s good,” Downs said.
On Friday night Casey will head to rival Marshall for what is often called the Super Bowl of Clark county.