A repeat performance from Tuesday’s game will go a long ways for the Storm Tigers.
“That was probably the hardest we’ve played all year,’’ Romo said. “It was a great team win and a big confidence booster.
“Hoopeston has been the conference champions the last three years and if we can win on Thursday, we would get a piece of the title. It would mean so much, especially getting it in your senior year.’’
The Cornjerkers, who will still claim their fourth straight league title, will use Tuesday’s loss as they prepare for IHSA Class 1A postseason play next week.
“They played an inspired game,’’ said Hoopeston Area coach John Klaber about the Salt Fork/Westville team. “I take this loss on myself — we weren’t prepared. We were flat and in the end, it was energy and heart that won this game. They played huge tonight from opening whistle to ending whistle. They played as a team. I couldn’t be prouder of them.
“In the end, if we have to share the conference title, we’re glad it’s them. We want to use this as a building block to later in the season.’’
Neither team was able to generate a lot of offense on Tuesday as both Hoopeston Area and Salt Fork/Westville finished with six shots on goal.
“Defensively, it was a very good game. Offensively, we needed to get more shots on goal,’’ Darr said. “Fortunately, we didn’t get as many shots as we wanted, but we scored just enough to win.’’
According to Woods, the Storm Tigers made a slight adjustment in preparation for the Cornjerkers.
“Hoopeston Area is known as a possession team and they will work the ball until they get a good shot opportunity,’’ Woods said. “We worked on containing them, instead of stabbing on defense and giving them opportunities to score.