Sunday, September 23, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: The Proviso West freshman football team during a Sept. 11 win against Morton in Cicero. | hudle.com
The entire Proviso West football program heads into homecoming week empowered by the program’s single win, which the freshman team pulled off at Morton High School in Cicero on Sept. 11, defeating the Mustangs 14-0.
That win, said freshman coach Raimundo Howard during a recent interview, has been a lesson for the young up-and-comers, and for the sophomore and varsity teams as well.
“That win reflected a lot of confidence in the present crop of kids,” Howard said. “They stuck together and have been learning to stay positive while handling adversity.”
Howard said that, according to some assistant coaches on the freshman team, the Sept. 11 win was the first for the freshmen in around five years.
This season (as of Sept. 23), the freshmen are 1-4 while the sophomore team is 0-4 and the varsity team is 0-5.
In recent years, West football teams have been among their most competitive against Morton. Before falling to Morton 48-26 on Sept. 1, the varsity team defeated the Mustangs 34-18 during the 2017-18 season. The sophomore team narrowly lost to Morton 14-12 on Aug. 31.
Howard said that the Sept. 11 win could also signal a change in the program’s long-term fortunes.
“This is about belief and the kids having faith in themselves,” Howard said. “We were already planting a seed in them that anything is possible and that they can do it. Things are starting to change right now. The kids understand that winning takes a team effort.”
Considering that they possess the program’s only victory so far this season, the freshmen team must feel pretty special.
“They do feel pretty special right now,” Howard said.
All three teams in West’s football program will need to channel that pride of accomplishment into the school’s homecoming week, when all three face perennial powerhouse Hinsdale Central High School.
The freshman team plays on Thursday, Sept. 27, 5 p.m., while the sophomore and varsity teams play Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. (sophomore) and 1 p.m. (varsity). All games are at home. VFP
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