Coming off a Senior Night win at home against Streator, the Tigers football team looked to make another school’s celebration not as celebratory. The Tigers traveled to Reed-Custer High School to take on the Comets in hopes of possibly keeping playoff hopes alive.
Due to the Chicago Public School (CPS) teacher strike, schools of the CPS district were forced to forfeit games, which leaves a possible playoff hole for the Tigers to jump in. Going into the game at 2-5, the team knew what had to be done in order to have any chance at a seed in the IHSA bracket.
The Tigers kicked the ball away to Reed-Custer to open the first quarter, and the defense made its presence known right away. On the first play of the game the Tigers brought the Comet ball carrier down for a five-yard loss. The defense held true for the first drive, holding the opposition to a punt. The Tiger offense struggled to get into grove on the first drive, leading to a punt of their own.
Throughout the remainder of the first half the two sides shared touchdowns, and the Tigers entered the locker room down 13-14 due to a missed extra point. They knew they needed to come out of the locker room and onto the field in the second half with a fire under their seats because it could possibly mean the end of their season.
The Tigers came out ready. During the second half alone, the Tigers put on twenty more points with their offense, and got five turnovers on defense. Defensive Coordinator Max Fransen said, “We were very fundamentally sound and it was something good to build off of going forward. It shows huge improvement over the last few weeks.” The Tigers took away the Senior Night celebration from the Comets as they held them scoreless in the second half and won 33-14 moving them to 3-5.
The Tigers will need to win one more win. So, they must win at Manteno on Friday to claim a 4-5 record and have a chance at taking a spot in the IHSA playoffs.