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Upset Special: Wolves look to build momentum following win over Triopia

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The Pleasant Hill-Western Wolves proved to be serious playoff contenders following a week one win over perennial power Triopia. The Pleasant Hill-Western Wolves proved to be serious playoff contenders following a week one win over perennial power Triopia.

PLEASANT HILL, Il. (WGEM) -- The Pleasant Hill-Western Wolves have a total of 26 players on the roster.

On Friday night that didn't matter when they shook the high school football landscape beating No. 10 and perennial power Triopia.

"You couldn't ask for a better start," senior linebacker Keenan Latham expressed.

"Triopia has a big name, and I definitely feel like it's going to scare people when they face our team now, and that's a good feeling."

"They were pretty confident," added head coach Mike Giles, who is in his eighth year with the program.

"We had squandered some opportunities early in that first half, but I think toward the end of that half our kids really started to get a feel for the offense."

When you consider the fact that the Wolves return 20 lettermen from a year ago and boast one of the biggest group of lineman in Class 1A football, Friday night's win may not have been an upset at all.

Maybe it was just a veteran team that threw the rankings out the window and didn't care what anyone had to say outside of their locker room.

"When we started out in practice, we knew we had more returning (players) than (Triopia)," senior lineman Boe Smith told WGEM Sports.

"We knew we had a good advantage and we knew that we had the biggest line that we've had in years."

According to Latham, "This team had been asleep for a while, but everybody was motivated to go play some football, and I truly believe that's why we won that game." 

The X-factor in the immediate future could be mentality.

Giles and his team won't be satisfied with one signature win because week one victories doesn't put anyone into the playoffs.

"We don't mind going under the radar, but unfortunately now that's a thing of the past," Giles expressed.

"We're just going to try to keep getting better. The (WIVC) South is loaded this year and we've got our work cut out for us."
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