WMBD/WYZZ-TV - ELMWOOD, Ill. - Grady Case knows there's one week left in the regular season but the Elmwood-Brimfield senior is already looking ahead to what's next.
"We think past week 9," said Case, whose Trojans host winless Bushnell-Prairie City Friday. "We condition hard each practice to be prepared for the playoffs."
Being prepared has paid off Case who was enjoying his role as a defensive back and watching starter Layne Wyatt carry the bulk of the Trojans running game. Until Wyatt got hurt last month.
Then Case, who hasn't been a full-time runnign back since his sophomore year, was forced to become the starting tailback.
"He knows he's pretty good," said e-B head coach Todd Hollis. "But he also saw what Layne was doing and he was willing to sit back and wait. Then when he got the chance to produce, he did."
Case helped the Trojans rally in the fourth quarter to beat Knoxville, the game Wyatt left with a concussion.
"There's been multiple positions we've had to fill due to injuries," said Case. "It's amazing how we can fill them and seem to not lose a beat."
Case is the third starter the injury-riddled Trojans have used at tailback this season. But Wyatt is back in the lineup and Case is back to concentrating on defense.
But he knows the extra time he had in the Elmwood-Brimfield backfield may help this team in the long run.
"I had limited reps at the beginning of the season," said Case. "Getting reps in important games could really help us in the playoffs."
And help the Trojans make a long run in November.