Ironically, Cavanaugh was a substitute teacher at Carlinville during his first season at the helm of the Buffaloes.
“I probably spent a 100 days in that building during my first year here,’’ Cavanaugh said. “I’ve started contacting family members to help us with our scouting. Right now, it’s all about preparation and information.’’
Making a return trip to the playoffs is a big deal for most teams, but it’s becoming an expectation every season with the Salt Fork Storm.
For the 13th consecutive season, Salt Fork will find itself in a first-round playoff game. The Storm will host the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights (7-2) next weekend at Jamaica High School.
“It’s always exciting to make the playoffs,’’ Salt Fork coach Brian Plotner said. “Every year, it’s a different group of kids trying to achieve that goal and it’s huge accomplishment for each team. We don’t want to become complacent with what these young men have achieved each year.’’
And in keeping with their tradition, Plotner said there are only two teams he is worried about this week.
“It’s Arthur-Lovington and Salt Fork,’’ he said. “We are going to try to find a way to beat a very good football program. Coach (Dale) Schuring and I are really good friends, so I know they are going be well-coached and I know they have some athletes, considering we played them last year in the basketball sectional tournament at Schlarman.’’
While Bismarck-Henning and Salt Fork knew before Friday night’s season finales that they had make the playoffs, and Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman knew it made it after Friday’s win over Westville, the Milford/Cissna Park Bearcats had to do a little bit of scoreboard watching.
Entering the final week of the season, Milord/Cissna Park had just 34 playoff points and most projections had the cutoff being at 37. The Bearcats did their part with a win over Hoopeston Area and then they got a little help with wins from Bismarck-Henning, Iroquois West and Tri-County.