Wildcats Work to Continue Playoff Tradition

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ANNA -- It's business as usual at Anna-Jonesboro, which is just fine with the Wildcats, because business is good.

Brett Detering will start his 18th season at the helm.  His program owns the south's longest consecutive playoff streak at 14 in a row.

It's a streak that signifies the tradition that's been built in Union County.

The Wildcats lost some key contributors from last year, including quarterback Jay Kemp and running back/linebacker Damien Reed.  With approximately half of their starters returning though, A-J is primed for another run at the postseason.

"There's a large group of seniors who have gone before them," said head coach Brett Detering.  "14 groups of kids who have built that streak up, so they want to continue that tradition.  They want to be able to know that 10 or 15 years down the road when they're watching games here with their kids that they know maybe that they were part of something special."
 
The streak is something Detering uses as motivation for his players.
 
"He lets us know that we've got something going," said senior Zane DeWitt.   "The teams behind us kept it going this long so we might as well keep it going another year."
 
Fellow senior Jacob Brush added, "We talk about it as a group.  We want to get farther than just the first round.  That's our goal right now."
 
The Wildcats will open their season August 29th at home against West Frankfort.
 
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