Football Rivalry Week

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Football Rivalry Week

Senior kicker Jake Keenan went 8/8 on PAT's and made a field goal in the 59-19 win over Grayslake Central on Sept. 30.

Senior kicker Jake Keenan went 8/8 on PAT's and made a field goal in the 59-19 win over Grayslake Central on Sept. 30.

Megan Olson

Senior kicker Jake Keenan went 8/8 on PAT's and made a field goal in the 59-19 win over Grayslake Central on Sept. 30.

Megan Olson

Megan Olson

Senior kicker Jake Keenan went 8/8 on PAT's and made a field goal in the 59-19 win over Grayslake Central on Sept. 30.

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It is rivalry week for the football team of Lakes Community High School (4-2) as the Eagles will face off against the Sequoits of Antioch (6-0). Lakes will prepare to play what is always an intense game in hostile territory after the easy victory over Grayslake Central on Sept. 30.

Senior lineman Jack Christensen believed that the Central game was just an overall good showing for the Eagles.

“We executed well and really came together as a unit that game,” Christensen said.

With such  big lead in the game, it afforded Head Coach Luke Mertens the opportunity to put some players in that don’t usually see the field.

“Every member of our team works extremely hard. Unfortunately, not everyone will get the opportunity to play on Friday nights, so when the opportunity arises, it is great to see,” Mertens said.

The game last week was also a chance to raise money for the organization Troop Dreams which helps reunite deployed soldiers and their families. The fundraising went extremely well according to Mertens.

“We not only met our goal to make a wish come true for a veteran, but we exceeded it,” Mertens said. “We want everyone to come out to our game on Oct. 21 to see these wishes granted.”

Moving on to this week, Antioch seems to be a much more formidable opponent as they are undefeated. With them being the school’s rival one might think that this game has some much more added pressure but according to senior tight end Danny Touhy this game is business as usual.

“It doesn’t matter if they are (6-0) and a huge rival. It doesn’t matter who we are taking on every Friday night,” Touhy said. “The only thing that pressures us is getting to six wins.”

Touhy has been a reliable weapon for the Eagles’ passing game and has now been moved to return punts as well. He says that this change gives him more confidence.

“It gives me more confidence. We are looking to put the right people in the right positions to perform to the best of their ability,” Touhy said.

Though this is just any other game for the Eagles, Christensen acknowledges an extra sense of competitiveness among childhood friends from the opposing team.

“Playing against kids we grew up against adds an extra competitive environment to the game because now the game turns into getting the respect we deserve from the rest of the community,” Christensen said. “With that being said, when we step on that field Antioch will become a faceless team and the only thing that will matter is getting the win.”

In the past couple of games there have been a handful of turnovers that the opposing teams have capitalized on. In order to secure the win against Antioch, taking care of the ball will be a main focus. To achieve that goal is simple according to Mertens.

“[It’s] simple, we need to secure the ball and make better decisions,” Mertens said.

For Christensen, the main goal going into this game is to come out on the other end with a notch in the win column.

“The main goal is to improve to (5-2)  on the season and get one step closer to the state playoffs,” Christensen said.

Lakes will play away at Antioch at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 7.

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