MINOOKA — Corbett Oughton wasn't sure if he wanted to play football coming into this season. The senior hadn't played the sport in two years, as he focused more on his wrestling career. So far it's a good thing for the Indians he decided to change his mind.
The defensive back decided to come out for his senior campaign, and he's returned with a fury. In the past three games, Oughton has had five interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns. His contributions have led Minooka back on the right direction, winning their last two ball games.
"I came into the year figuring I'd get a couple interceptions, but I never thought I'd get five in two games," Oughton said. "It's raised the game up to another excitement level."
Football has been apart of most of Oughton's life. He's been playing since he was six years old, all the way back in the Pop Warner leagues. He started out as a defensive tackle, but as the years went on he slowly moved to defensive back. There, he said, is where he found his comfort zone.
"I remember when I was nine and I was playing in a game," Oughton said. "The ball started coming towards me and I caught it and returned it for a touchdown. That's my earliest memory of playing defensive back. My mom went crazy when that happened."
The senior continued his career into high school, where he played his freshman year for the Indians. Feeling that he hadn't grown enough, though, Oughton didn't come back out for his sophomore year and instead focused on his other sport — wrestling.
"I was a little undersized coming into high school, so I thought I'd specialize in wrestling," Oughton said. "Wrestling had become my forte."
When senior year hit, though, Oughton didn't want to miss out on an opportunity to play football one last year.
"Coming into senior year, I missed the game," Oughton said. "So I figured I'd come out and play again."
As stated earlier, Oughton has been a huge part of the turn around for the Indians with his five interceptions, something that hasn't happened in Minooka.
With all the success Oughton has had over the past two weeks, people are wondering: should opposing teams even through to the side of the field Oughton is on? No matter what the answer to that question is, Oughton hopes to continue to perform at a high level for Minooka.
"I just have to keep working my technique and improve as a team, and hopefully the interceptions will keep coming," Oughton said.