After falling to Palatine on Sept. 8 by a score of 35-12, the Evanston Township High School football team hit the road for the first time this season with hopes of getting back in the win column when they took on Fremd on Sept. 15. The Wildkits were able to just that as they rolled past the Vikings 32-7.
The Kits took a 3-0 lead with 2:20 left in the first quarter, when senior Charlie Lindland nailed a 37-yard field goal. The Kits recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, which gave them the ball at the 19 yard line, and on the seventh play of the drive, quarterback Drew Dawkins extended the lead to 10-0 when he ran it in from one yard out with 11:14 remaining in the second quarter.
From there, Charlie gave the Kits a 13-0 lead when he connected on a 32-yard field goal with 6:28 remaining in the half. Then, after forcing Fremd to turn the ball over on downs, the Kits made it a 19-0 game when Drew connected with Michael Axelrood for a 27-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds remaining in the first half.
That touchdown was Drew’s second of the game, but he was not finished. With 5:36 left in the third quarter, he ran it in from one yard out. On that play, Drew appeared to be stopped at the line of scrimmage, but he was able to bounce to the outside and run it in to make it a 25-0 contest.
After a Fremd punt, the Kits all but sealed the victory on their next drive, which was capped off by a 39 yard touchdown pass from Drew to Michael with 2:55 remaining in the third quarter, making it a 32-0 game. Fremd finally got on the board with a touchdown with 4:08 left in the fourth quarter to make it 32-7. But that was too little too late as the Kits finished off the victory.
Outside of his four touchdowns, Drew led the Kits’ attack by completing 11 of his 13 passes for 189 yards. Regarding his quarterback’s performance, head coach Mike Burzawa said, “Drew played a heck of a game. I do not think he had a real good rhythm in the first quarter throwing the ball, so we ran him a little bit, but I think he settled. He is a veteran, he gathered his composure, he made some big vertical shots, and he played a whale of a ballgame for us.”
Regarding his team’s ability to force a couple of early turnovers to set the tone of the game, Coach Burzawa said, “That was important. We did not like that this past week we had the ball run on us so well by Palatine at certain times [but] we got after it in practice. We had ‘Turnover Tuesday’ where we stressed the turnovers. But those are big. Anytime you are on the road, if you can get a couple turnovers [it is big]. We were able to put some points on the board, we had a couple of field goals from Charlie early, which is important, and it was nice to see him do that and that was definitely a plus.”
In beating Fremd, the Kits got the bounce back win they were hoping for and improved to 3-1 overall. “We competed hard last week [against Palatine], but we did not do the little things, so I thought for the most part we cleaned up some of our penalties, which was a positive,” explained the Coach. “But we knew Fremd’s back were against the wall. They played a really hard game last week at Maine South and really did some good things. Then we knew this was their homecoming and we knew it was going to be a real tough environment and I think our kids came out and executed. So it was a very good win and I am very proud of the kids.”
Next up, the Kits head to Maine South on Sept. 22. After that, they return to Lazier Field in Evanston to take on archrival New Trier on Sept. 28.