Senior Darrion Coleman. He played several defensive positions during the year. Credit: Saul Lieberman

The end of the season. The Evanston Wildkits had just lost their final game 35-19. The scoreboard is turned off. One last chance to gather. Reflect. Hug. Cry a bit. Stand on the field together.

“Am I disappointed with our record? Absolutely!” said ETHS head coach Mike Burzawa. “But I’m not disappointed with the toughness and the character these players showed me.

“This season was a true test of their character. We had a tragic beginning to the season with the loss of Coach [Alex] Thomas [who passed away prior to the first game] and heartbreaking losses week after week after week.

“Our record might not reflect it, but I wouldn’t trade these kids for anyone else. They have the character, they have the toughness, they have everything you want as a coach.”

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