Wildcat win I-8 Small championship

WILMINGTON WON the Interstate Eight Small Conference Friday night by defeating Lisle 28-25. A 68-yard touchdown run by Conner Dempsay with 4:56 left gave the Cats the lead for good as they win their 19th conference title (11 straight) since Coach Jeff Reents took over the program 24 years ago. Dempsay scored three of Wilmington's four touchdowns as twice they trailed after Lisle replied on their passing game. Friday's win assures the Wildcats (5-1 overall, 4-0 conference) a playoff appearance for the 23rd consecutive year with three more games to go in the regular season. On Friday they travel to Reed-Custer, their final I-8 Small opponent of the season. Photo by Eric Fisher