My Alma mater proved me wrong.
Last week, instead of going with my Crystal Lake South Gators, I took Cary-Grove.
The Gators won 10-7, on Brad Walovitch’s 51-yard field goal.
Hot damn, son!
I’ll never again pick against my Gators, ever.
This may be the best Gator defense South has ever had. Spearheaded by head coach Chuck Ahsmann, the Gators have given up only 13 points, six of which were on a kick return against Thornridge.
They virtually shut down Crystal Lake Central’s Gage Harrah in a 9-0 emotional win over the Tigers nearly two weeks ago.
Now a 10-7 win over Cary-Grove, a team that just beat state-ranked Lake Zurich the previous week, might have everyone drinking the Gatorade.
I know what the criticism was for this year’s Gators football team: they graduated all their good players.
While that may be true, it’s time to move on from the Drew Ormseth era. Ormseth was a great QB. But he graduated, along with Fahn Cooper and Jake Bernstein. Enough is a enough about that team and those players.
But what the Gators didn’t graduate was a defense. And that defense has only allowed 7 points virtually in three games.
We wanted to anoint Cary-Grove again because we simply believed with the team they were bringing back, they’d be the state champs going 14-0. It’s easy to do that with the Trojans because we’re use to it ever year. Even during a down year they have a good year, as they did in 2010. That’ll have to wait another year.
If Walovitch doesn’t make the kick, the folklore of the game vastly changes. May be Cary wins in OT. May be South ends up winning after all.
But it is clear: Give credit to the South defense. Give credit to the guys at South putting in the time. And, give some credit to Chuck Ahsmann. He’s a great guy, wonderful physics teacher and great coach. He expects a lot of of players and has a personal stamp on that defense. He was the defensive coordinator under former coach Jim Stuglis. I know for a fact this team has Ahsmann written all over it.
It’s no coincidence during Ahsmann’s first year, he’d led the team to a 9-0 regular season and a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division championship, their first conference title since 1993.
Now at 3-0, South has won their last 13 regular season games dating back to Week 9 of the 2009 season against McHenry and it could be 14 with a win against Huntley this Friday. Keep on chompin’, Gators. Anything is possible.
This Friday has a slate of games that may be don’t have the luster of weeks past but the football quality should still be at an all-time high.
I’ll be out at Marian Central for their big Suburban Christian Blue Division matchup with rival Montini. I’ll also try to avenge my 7-3 record last week that put me at 25-5 overall. If I want to win 73 games this season, I have to choose wisely this week. But here are this weeks games to choose from and the People’s Choice for Week 4.
Peoples Choice Week 4
Crystal Lake Central vs. Woodstock North
Prairie Ridge vs. Dundee-Crown
Crystal Lake South vs. Huntley
McHenry vs. Jacobs
Streamwood vs. St. Charles North
Marmion Academy vs. St. Edward
Elgin vs. Geneva
South Elgin vs. Metea Valley*
*Inaugural home game for South Elgin
THE FIVE CENTS GAME OF THE WEEK
Bartlett (2-1) at Batavia (3-0)