WINNEBAGO – The Winnebago football team saw its three-year run of playoff appearances end last year, but expectations are high in the Indians huddle to return to the postseason in 2019.
The Indians have been a model of consistency under Mark Helm. They’ve posted just two seasons of three wins or fewer in his twelve seasons as head coach. Until last year, they had a run of four straight years winning at least five games, but came up one win short of playoff eligibility last year, finishing 4-5.
“We’re pretty optimistic, [but] we have things we need to work on from last year,” Helm says. “Takeaways, that’s been our big thing in the offseason. We didn’t take the ball away enough last year and we didn’t tackle well defensively. That’s why we were where we were at.”
Winnebago starts with the ultimate litmus test for their upcoming season in Week 1 on August 30. They visit last year’s 3-A state runner-up Byron in Ogle County.