After beating Central Suburban League South Conference foes Glenbrook South, 17-14, on Oct. 4 and Waukegan, 27-6, on Oct. 11, the Evanston Township High School Wildkits football team were looking to make it a three-game winning streak as they entered a matchup with Conference leader Maine South on Oct. 18 in Park Ridge, on Maine South’s Senior Night.
Unfortunately for the Wildkits, however, their winning streak hit a wall, as they fell to the Hawks, 35-0. The Kits were limited to 14 yards and two first downs in the first half and finished with just 68 yards of total offense that evening. Running back Julian Bohannon-Smith led the Kits with 34 rushing yards on 10 carries, and Michael Pope also had 22 yards on four carries, all coming in the second half to lead the Kits’ attack. In addition to snapping a two game winning streak, the Kits also had a streak of games in which they scored at least two touchdowns in each game this season snapped as well.
With the loss, the Kits fell to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in Conference play with one game remaining in the regular season. Maine South’s victory clinched their 13th straight CSL South title, and sent their 34 seniors home happy. A victory against the Hawks coupled with a Niles West win would have put the Kits in a three-way tie for the Conference lead at 3-1 entering the final week of the regular season. But, unfortunately for the Kits, it was not in the cards, as the Hawks clinched the Conference title at 4-0 and the Kits and Wolves fell to 2-2 in Conference play.
Even though the Kits lost, they still have a lot to play for entering the final week of the regular season. The Kits’ victory over Waukegan on Oct. 11 gave them five wins on the season, making the Kits eligible for the post season. A victory against New Trier in the season finale on Friday night at Lazier Field in Evanston would guarantee a fourth straight playoff appearance.
A Kits’ victory against the Trevians would also knock their archrivals out of playoff contention (as the Trevians have four wins entering the final week). But should the Kits lose, it will be up to the selection committee to pick the Kits over the other five-win teams and extend their season at least one more game.
As the saying goes, the Kits control their own destiny entering the final week of the regular season, and it is up to them to make it happen.