by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor
Varsity football defeated Hoffman Estates in a close home game on Sept. 14, making a touchdown in overtime at the last play for a final score of 26-20.
“It’s not the type of game we want to lay, but we overcame a lot of adversity and played good defense,” Brent Pearlman, varsity football coach, said. “At times we’ve run the ball better. I thought the defense ran some well, but we’ve got some work to do.”
The first three quarters of the game, the Wildcats were winning. At the end of the first quarter, the Wildcats led, 7-6. After the second quarter, they still led, 13-6.
In the third quarter, Sal Dominguez, senior, recovered fumble in the zone, making the score 20-6.
However, during the fourth quarter, the Hawks caught up to the Wildcats. By the end of the score, they tied with the Wildcats 20-20, so they had to go into overtime.
The drumline beat the cadence, as the cheerleaders and fans donned in blue for the tidal wave theme cheered loudly for the Wildcats.
“I’m really proud of the fourth quarter, where we stopped Hoffman Estates five times,” Sam Yoshiono, junior, said.
During overtime, the defense stopped the Hawks to keep them from scoring in the four plays. When the Wildcats had possession of the ball, after the third down, with five yards to go, Amani Dennis, sophomore, passed the ball to Mike Yoshino, senior. M. Yoshino scored a touchdown, leading to the final score of 26-20, Wildcats.
“Last night, the team fought until the last play. There’s times when we face adversity, but we were able to fight through,” Chad Mikosz, senior, said. “Our stops in overtime really helped us…I’m really proud of all my teammates. We did a lot last night. We kept in there and didn’t stop fighting.”