But anymore runs allowed, and his team’s chances become slimmer and slimmer.
Kelley said because his players still hold at least some control over their own destiny, he thinks they can come ready to play against Freeport, play tighter defense and give themselves new life with a berth to the semifinals.
“I try not to look at the magnitude of the moment and just come out and play,” Kelley said. “I’ve been trying to preach that. ‘It’s just a game, guys. It’s just a game.’
“If I can get them woke up tomorrow and they come fresh and ready to play, I believe we’ll beat Illinois, and we’ll have a chance to get in.”