Prep football

Jendreas, Veloz have Whiting more focused than ever

2012-10-21T19:21:00Z 2012-10-22T07:01:06Z Jendreas, Veloz have Whiting more focused than everPaul Honeycutt Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 21, 2012 7:21 pm  • 

WHITING | The Whiting Oilers might be the quietest undefeated team in the world.

Usually at the high school level, you read or hear about goofing around, kids worrying about their stats, or looking ahead to a different opponent if the one in front of them is visibly inferior.

That's not the case for the inhabitants of "The Little City by the Lake."

When asked to describe Whiting senior Justin Jendreas, coach Jeff Cain said that he is exactly what the 2012 version of the Oilers represents.

"He's probably said 50 words in his four years here," Whiting's all-time winningest coach said. "JJ is the perfect example of being a quiet leader. He's a kid that looks you in the eye."

Part of being a leader is learning from your mistakes and incorporating those lessons into a winning effort.

After last year's season-ending 39-7 drubbing at the hands of this Friday's opponent West Central, Jendreas said that the team was handcuffed in two important categories.

"We came out flat in the second half and had a lack of discipline, but we're fine there now because of the offseason," Jendreas said. "The coaches have been really dedicated to making us better and we can go to any one of them for anything."

Players and coaches attest that Oiler football team's offseason program made the team better in all facets of the game.

Cain emphasized the importance of the offseason for his team going into the 2012 season.

"It was the defining moment for us because it wasn't just the West Central loss. We knew we had to get better (as a program)," he said. "The commitment we got in the offseason shows now because we've done well with time management and kids look fresh going into the fourth quarter."

A big part of Whiting's success this year has been the emergence of quarterback AJ Veloz and his quiet, but steady leadership.

"(Offensive coordinator) Jim (Verta) has to get a lot of credit for that because of you just look at the numbers, it's night and day from last year," Cain said. "The game is slowing down for him and he did a lot of listening as a sophomore."

The Class A No. 3-ranked Oilers are well aware the program hasn't hoisted a sectional title since 1997 and they're the favorite this year in Sectional 33, but you won't hear them talking about it.

Even though Whiting has beaten every opponent by a minimum of 20 points, Veloz realizes the team will experience tougher games in the playoffs.

"We just have to keep working hard and can't get an ego," he said. "There's gonna be some shootouts or some tight defensive games and we have to be prepared for everything."

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which local prep soccer semistate qualifier will most likely reach state?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News