Two Familiar Foes Battle in Homecoming Football Game

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M. Krein

Danny Collins races down field against the RedHawks. The Ramblers would go on to win their homecoming game.

Homecoming weekend brought football back to Wilmette as the Ramblers returned from
a two week road trip. Saturday the Ramblers welcomed the RedHawks of Marist High School to town as they tried to play spoiler on the Ramblers homecoming weekend game.

Both teams entered Saturday’s game coming off wins. The Ramblers took care of Fenwick last week 27 24 to improve their record to 5-0, as Marist cruised past Marmion Academy 38-13 to improve to 4-1.

After throwing an interception on the opening drive, the Ramblers came out firing as they struck first on a 47-yard run by the Junior quarterback Jake Stearney.

The RedHawks quickly answered back as the RedHawk QB Jackson Jr. connected with Agee for a touchdown of their own tying the game at 7. After the two quick touchdowns by both teams it was all about the defense.

The Rambler defense shined brightly as they completely shut down the Marist offense, not allowing them to score again in the first half, giving the Ramblers a 19-7 lead going into halftime.

Coming out of halftime the RedHawks made it known that they were not going away as they intercepted Rambler quarterback Jake Stearney for a second time, only this time, they took it all the way back for a touchdown.

Almost immediately after that, though, the junior made up for it as he broke off his second rushing touchdown of the night from 27 yards out extending the Rambler lead to 12.

The game climaxed at a 4th down play near the goal line as the Ramblers were faced with a decision to either kick a field goal to make it a 8 point game, or go for the endzone to try to seal the game.

Rambler coach John Holecek called a time out to talk things over, as he eventually sent out the field goal unit to attempt a field goal. With only two yards to go the Ramblers pulled a fake-field goal play giving the kicker Micheal Baker a clear lane to waltz into the endzone sealing the win for the Ramblers, keeping their undefeated season in-tact.

After the game John Holecek said “Two good athletes and we saw that it was possibly open. If it fails they still have to score a touchdown over 90 yards. If we kick it, they still have to score a touchdown and score two points to tie. To me it’s not that big of a risk.”

The kicker Micheal Baker said “It was just two yards but I didn’t know we were running it until two seconds before we snapped the ball. Coach Feldheim made the call. We practiced the play one time on Friday.”

To the Ramblers it was the perfect ending to a game that had lots of back and fourth action. As the homecoming theme might describe it, it was a “Hollywood” ending as the Ramblers topped the rival sending their fans home happy.

After the win the Ramblers will presumably hold onto the number one spot in the rankings as they move on to 6-0. The Ramblers will take on another familiar foe next week as they take on Providence Catholic at home.